NEW YORK—Loretta Ucelli, a former Clinton White House aide and most recently an executive vice president at Edelman in New York, has joined Columbia University as vice president for communications and external relations.
Ucelli’s public sector experience includes serving as assistant to the president and director of communications for President Clinton. Prior to joining the White House staff, she served in the Clinton administration as associate administrator for communications, education and public affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to Columbia president Lee Bollinger, “It takes extraordinary talent to communicate effectively and authentically with all the individuals and groups connected to a world-class university like Columbia. Loretta has this talent in abundance.”
In her White House role, Ms. Ucelli managed communications on a gamut of issues, including the economy, education, trade, environment, health care and foreign policy.
She joins the university as Columbia is celebrating its 250th anniversary with a variety of activities that deepen its global presence and expand on its extensive ties to New York City.