Director of Communications and Marketing

Office: ECAD 139

Julie Chiron is a communications strategist in higher education focused on advancing research, elevating reputation and building strong creative teams. She has more than 20 years of experience creating award-winning communications in university, creative agency and entrepreneurial settings, including 15 years as a senior development communicator at major research universities. She's a nationally recognized speaker on Advancement communications strategy and has co-authored peer-reviewed research on brand adoption in university settings. Prior to a career in higher education, she was a communications innovator and founder of two San Francisco based tech startups: HotWired, a pioneering website from Wired magazine credited with the invention of the ad banner, and ShopTok, a suite of community-driven ecommerce applications that attracted $6M in first-round funding. Her writing has appeared in Wired, Mother Jones, print and digital tech publications, daily newspapers and numerous in-house publications. She holds an M.S. and B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.