University Marketing & Communications

Jack Martin

Interim Associate Vice President for Communications

Leadership, Strategic Communications

Telephone: 206-616-2334


Portrait of Jack MartinJack Martin serves as interim associate vice president for communications for the University of Washington. Based in University Marketing & Communications, he is responsible for communications and messaging initiatives that highlight the UW’s contributions as one of the world’s great public research universities. In addition to university-wide strategic communications and executive-level messaging, Martin’s portfolio includes storytelling, internal communications, and digital and social media. He is a member of the Association of American Universities Public Affairs Steering Committee and previously chaired the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Strategic Communications.

Prior to joining the UW in 2015, Martin was director of strategic communications at the University of Kansas, overseeing institution-wide messaging, executive communications and advertising, and in a previous role was integral to the development of KU’s nationally recognized social media presence. His work, individually and as part of team efforts, has won numerous awards, including a Grand Gold Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and two Bronze Anvil Awards of Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America.

Before entering higher education communications, Martin served as director of strategic communications for Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius; communications director for Congressman Dennis Moore; a senior account executive at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville; and as a communications staff member in both the Kansas Legislature and Virginia General Assembly. An avid traveler with an interest in international affairs, he participated in the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Manfred Wörner Seminar in 2008 and its Transatlantic Leadership Seminars in the Balkans in 2013 and in California and Mexico in 2017. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a B.A. in political science, both from the University of Kansas.