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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

Managing 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

Senior Director, Executive Communications


  • All-University
  • University Policies
  • NYU Sustainability

Beth Kwon

Associate Director, Internal Communications



Jordan Bennett

Public Affairs Officer


  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development

Amanda Wicks

Public Affairs Specialist


  • Steinhardt Arts and Music
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Sarah Binney

Public Affairs Officer


  • 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
  • NYU Libraries

Rachel Harrison

Associate Director, Research Communications


  • Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • School of Global Public Health
  • Departments of Chemistry and Biology

Robert Polner

Public Affairs Officer



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

Jade McClain

Public Affairs Officer


  • School of Law

Cristina Fowler

Administrative Manager


Contacts for Schools

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Renée Alfuso


Scope Magazine

Robin Sayers


NYU Alumni Magazine

Dulcy Israel

Associate Editor

NYU Alumni Magazine

Contacts for University Communications

Jason Hollander

Assistant Vice President, Communications


Eileen Reynolds

Director, Social Media


Sarah Kader

Social Media Manager


Kate Lord

Multimedia Content Producer


Sapna Parikh

Assistant Director, Visual Storytelling


Key People

In Public Affairs

John Beckman

Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategic Communications


James Devitt

Managing Director, Public Affairs


Shonna Keogan

Senior Director, Executive Communications