Contact / Beat List

The Office of Strategic Communications staff helps reporters get the information and experts they need for stories of local, national and international significance. Listed below are the communications managers and their areas of expertise:

Michael Sandler

Director, Strategic Communications
703-993-8815, msandle3@gmu.edu

  • Administration issues

Melanie Balog

Managing Editor, Strategic Communications
703-993-8785, mbalog@gmu.edu

  • Manages beat writers
  • Manages newsdesk website
  • Community relations

Michele McDonald

Senior Manager, Strategic Communications; Press inquiries
703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

  • Biodefense and Infectious Diseases
  • Bioengineering
  • Biosciences
  • Climate
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health and Medicine
  • Medical Research
  • Psychology
  • Sustainability
  • Technology

Buzz McClain

Manager, Strategic Communications
703-993-8782, bmcclai2@gmu.edu

  • Biodefense Policy
  • Conflict analysis
  • Criminology
  • Economy and money
  • Facilities/construction
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics/Policy
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Religion
  • Society and Government
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational crime
  • Transportation

Damian Cristodero

Communications Officer
703-993-9118, dcristod15@gmu.edu

  • Admissions
  • Business
  • Career Services
  • Education and Education Policy
  • 4-VA Consortium
  • Office of Global Strategy
  • Honors College
  • Immigration
  • INTO
  • Military Services
  • Recreation, Health and Tourism
  • Recreation/club sports
  • University Life/Student Involvement

Jamie M. Rogers

Communications Officer, Social Media Coordinator
703-993-5118, jroger20@gmu.edu

  • Alumni Affairs
  • Anthropology
  • Arts/Culture
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Health Care and Policy
  • Human Resources
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Libraries
  • Social Work
  • Wellbeing and wellness

Preston Williams

Presidential Communications Manager

703-993-9376, pwilli20@gmu.edu

Kathy Dodd

Social Media Manager, Strategic Communications
703-993-4722, kdodd5@gmu.edu

  • Manages public facing university social media accounts
  • Implements social media strategy