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Ellen de Graffenreid

Senior Vice President for Communications
M.A., M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ellen de Graffenreid is senior vice president for communications at Brandeis University, overseeing branding and marketing, media relations, university publications, web sites and official social media channels, and creative services. The Office of Communications collaborates with faculty, staff and students to represent and promote Brandeis to the world.

Prior to joining Brandeis in 2013, de Graffenreid was director of communications and marketing at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she oversaw public relations for a $220 million research enterprise, developed an integrated print, web and social media program engaging donors, community supporters and cancer advocates, and led physician and consumer marketing for the clinical services of UNC Cancer Care. 

De Graffenreid was previously director of communications and marketing at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, where she led integrated marketing for the schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing and public health. Her higher education experience also includes serving as director of communications and donor relations at the Washington State University Foundation. Her teams have garnered multiple awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement.

She began her career in market research, product marketing and competitive intelligence at Hewlett-Packard and as a consultant for numerous clients in the technology industry.

Ellen earned a B.A. in history from Indiana University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received an M.A. in Russian history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.