Lisa M. Powers
Senior Director, News and Media Relations
News and Media Relations
Lisa has nearly 30 years of experience as a communications professional, with expertise in writing, editing, reputation management, communications strategy, media relations, executive speech writing, and more. In her current position as director for News and Media Relations for Penn State, she is deeply involved in crisis communications and oversees numerous communications platforms populated with content by her staff, who create, write, edit, photograph, video, tweet, post, and pin compelling and newsworthy information about Penn State, its people, and its research. As a spokesperson for Penn State, Lisa is responsible for positioning the University as a national and international leader in the integration of teaching, research, and public service.
Director since 2007, Lisa has been communicating for Penn State for 23 years in various posts. A former reporter, marketer, and Penn State’s past presidential speechwriter, she holds a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.