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Jack Martin

Vice President for Marketing & Communications


Telephone: 206-221-8579


Portrait of Jack MartinJack Martin serves as vice president for marketing & communications at the University of Washington. Leading University Marketing & Communications, he and the UMAC team are dedicated to supporting the University’s mission as one of the world’s great public research universities. This includes initiatives to strengthen the reputation of the University, to secure public and private resources that advance its mission, and to build authentic relationships with the UW’s students, stakeholders and supporters.

In his previous role as associate vice president for communications for the UW, he was responsible for university-wide strategic communications and executive-level messaging, as well as storytelling, internal communications, and digital and social media. He previously chaired the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Strategic Communications and was a member of the Association of American Universities Public Affairs Steering Committee.

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.