PAMELA PAYTON

Assistant Vice President for Community, State, and Local Government Relations Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

Appointed in 2003, Pamela works closely with the president, vice president of University Relations and other senior administrators to develop and implement strategies that advance the mission of the University of San Diego by educating and informing internal and external constituencies about important institutional initiatives, priorities and thought leaders. Pamela leads a professional staff responsible for institutional media relations and digital communications including the university’s website and social media strategies. As the chief university spokesperson, she is responsible for issues management, crisis planning and communications.

Before assuming the assistant vice president role in 2003, Pamela served as the university’s Community and Government Relations director for six years.

An active member of the campus community, Pamela serves on a number of campus committees. She is a founding member of the university’s Changemaker Hub Core Group where she continues to serve, and she is the co-founder of the Black Student Retention and Recognition Committee which served as a catalyst for the creation of the Black Student Resource Center.

With her unwavering commitment to others, Pamela serves on the boards of Birthing Project, U.S.A., La Jolla Country Day School, and the San Diego Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is a member of the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research; the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego, and the San Diego Press Club. A former Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council board member, Pamela continues to serve the organization as a troop leader.

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