Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications
News and Media Relations
Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications Rachel Pell focuses on Penn State’s internal communications, issues and crisis communications, social media, proactive campaigns, and media outreach initiatives.
She is a Penn State graduate and is focused on driving reputation for the University, with an emphasis to amplify groundbreaking research and work of faculty, staff, and students, and publicizing all of the incredible ways that Penn State is on the cutting edge and truly making a difference in our communities and people’s lives.
Before joining Strategic Communications at Penn State, Rachel was a leader in public relations and healthcare marketing communications. A senior-level communications professional with 16 years of experience, she was previously a Senior Vice President and Group Manager at Ketchum, a leading PR agency in New York City. She led the development of strategic professional and consumer-focused programs for leading global pharmaceutical corporations and advocacy organizations.
Rachel’s honors include being named a recipient of Ketchum’s David Drobis Client Excellence Award, one of the agency’s highest honors that recognizes individuals globally for superior client service.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Penn State and attended the Center for European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.