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Public Affairs

John Beckman

Through communication with the news media and the external community, the Office of Public Affairs is dedicated to supporting the strategic goals of the University: recruiting the best faculty, recruiting the best students, and supporting the research and teaching-and-learning enterprises.  Using a client-based approach, OPA provides communications support to the schools and units, seeking to re-emphasize NYU’s distinctive characteristics: a leading research university that has historically been and will continue to be “in and of the city” and that has created a global network of academic centers that make it “in and of the world.”

Through both internal and external outlets, the Office of Public Affairs seeks to tell NYU’s stories, showcasing the scholarship and achievements of NYU’s faculty and students, supporting major University events, and advancing the goals of the University.

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John Beckman
Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategic Communications


  • All-University
  • University Policies

James Devitt

Director, Public Affairs


  • Faculty of Arts and Science
  • College of Arts and Science
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Liberal Studies
  • Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Professional Studies

Shonna Keogan

Director, Executive Communications


  • All-University
  • University Policies
  • NYU Sustainability

Jordan Bennett

Public Affairs Officer


  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development

Sarah Binney

Public Affairs Specialist


  • Steinhardt Arts and Music
  • NYU Libraries
  • International Houses

Sarah Binney
Public Affairs Specialist


  • Tisch School of the Arts
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
  • NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
  • Kimmel Galleries

Rachel Harrison

Senior Public Affairs Officer


  • Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Global Public Health

Robert Polner

Public Affairs Officer



  • Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Silver School of Social Work
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Marron Institute
  • John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress

Michael Orey


Jade McClain
Public Affairs Officer

  • School of Law


Cristina Fowler

Christopher James



  • Location Agreements and Licensing  

Contacts for Schools

Contacts for Publications

Contact Publication

Renée Alfuso


Research Digest

Arts Digest

Dulcy Israel

Associate Editor

NYU Magazine

Robin Sayers


Alumni Magazine

Contacts for Social Media

Jason Hollander

Senior Director of Communications


Eileen Reynolds

Assistant Director, Social Media


Key People

In Public Affairs

John Beckman

Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategic Communications


Sapna Parikh

Assistant Director, Visual Storytelling