Jill Friedman

Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs

As vice chancellor for public affairs, I oversee our group of talented, passionate and creative team members who serve as the university’s ultimate brand stewards. My job is to set the strategic vision for our organization, recruit and empower team members and provide high-level counsel on all aspects of our work. In our shop, because no two days are alike, you may find me in a brainstorm on new ways to support our campus partners; at a white board quickly drawing out an issues management plan; in front of a monitor reviewing a new strategic web property; or sitting with colleagues analyzing monitoring reports, metrics and other outcomes of our work.

Washington University has been a part of my life since I was young, having grown up just down the street and with parents who taught and learned here. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1986, followed by a 15-year stint in politics and policy and more than a decade at Fleishman-Hillard, I returned to my roots here in 2012 when I became vice chancellor. In 1999, I earned my MBA at our Olin Business School.

If not on campus, I’m likely enjoying the country life at my horse farm in Labadie, Missouri where I live with my three Bernese mountain dogs, two Lippitt Morgans and one spotted saddle horse. If you are in our neck of the woods, stop by for a visit!


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