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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.

Mark Mohammadpour

Spring Meeting

  • Thursday, May, 18, 2023
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Zoom only:
  • Topic: Mental Health in Public Relations, with special guest Mark Mohammadpour, APR

About Mark

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2022-2023 Council Chairs


Michelle Franklin, APR, co-chair, is Director of Communications for the School of Physical Sciences. She previously worked in the Office of Research Affairs and IT Services. Prior to UC San Diego, she worked for Kyocera, Getty Images and Time Inc. She earned her master’s in English from San Diego State University and her bachelor’s in English from Rollins College. She received her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2022 and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).



Anthony King, APR, co-chair and mentorship chair, serves as a communications director in University Communications supporting the 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 member of the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter of PRSA, and received his Accreditation in Public Relations in 2022.



April Tellez Green, external community relations chair, currently serves as Communications Manager at the UC San Diego Library where she is responsible for sharing the Library’s news with the campus and wider San Diego community. Before UC San Diego, she worked at National University and the San Diego Natural History Museum. She is a seasoned communications professional with extensive experience developing effective public relations, social media and digital marketing campaigns, all the while keeping brand stewardship top of mind. She is currently serving as President at the Public Relations Society of America San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter (PRSA SD/IC). April is a San Diego native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an Emphasis in Public Relations from San Diego State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies.



Ioana Patringengaru, communications chair, 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, operations chair, 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, program & events chair, 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.



Matt Nagel, APR, University Communications liasion, 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.