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Welcome to the Public Relations Council

Public Relations Council

The UC San Diego Public Relations Council brings together staff from across campus working in public relations, communications and external relations for professional development and networking.

hallway in Price Center

Next Meeting

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Price Center West (level 2) - Marshall College Room (213) (University Centers PDF)
  • Hybrid option (Zoom): Link forthcoming
  • Topic: Engaged storytelling in Public Relations
    • Michelle Brubaker | Health
    • Jeff Tourial | Athletics
    • Sara Bock | University Communications

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2023-2024 Council Chairs

Anthony King, APR serves as assistant dean of strategic engagement in the UC San Diego School of Arts and Humanities, and is a LEAD Fellow from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Anthony received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington and his master's degree in international relations from Alliant International University. He is a board member of the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter of PRSA, and received his Accreditation in Public Relations in 2022.

Ioana Patringenaru is associate director for media relations at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. Ioana worked as an education reporter for the Press Enterprise in Riverside County before joining UC San Diego as a senior writer for University Communications in 2005. She earned a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley and a master’s and bachelor’s in Japanese translation from the National Institute of Asian Languages and Cultures in Paris, France. She is also fluent in French and Romanian.

Jeff Tourial has served as associate director of Athletics for communications at UC San Diego since 2019 and brings more than 20 years of experience in Division I intercollegiate athletics. Jeff oversees communications and social media strategy, as well as web site and media relations management for UC San Diego's 23 intercollegiate varsity sports. He also serves as co-host for the department’s Tritoncast podcast. Jeff received a bachelor’s and master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and a master’s in sports leadership from Duquesne University.

Jeanna Vazquez is senior communications and media relations manager for UC San Diego Health. She manages strategic communication campaigns for the health system, with focus in emergency medicine, cardiovascular services, pulmonology and critical care. She is an experienced public relations professional with a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit, consumer and healthcare industries. She also volunteers for Surfrider Foundation San Diego and PRSA San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter. Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies with an emphasis in public relations from San Diego State University.

Sara Bock is associate director of content strategy on the University Communications Public Relations team, a role in which she leverages her extensive experience in both print and digital media. Her position includes writing and editing, publishing and production, as well as media relations. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Sara worked as a writer and editor for the Marine Corps Association for more than a decade. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

Matt Nagel, APR joined UC San Diego as the senior executive director for public relations in the spring of 2021. Matt began his career in TV broadcasting then shifted to public relations at a boutique healthcare communications agency. Matt discovered his passion for higher education at Georgia Institute of Technology and went on to work at New York University and Carnegie Mellon. He received a bachelor’s in broadcast communications and political science from The University of Toledo and a master’s in communications from Austin Peay State University.

Prior chairs

  • Michelle Franklin, APR (2022-2023), founding chair
  • April Green (2022-2023), founding member
Questions? Contact Anthony King.