Media Group

The Media Group creates and shares a wide range of stories, news and information about RISD and its community, underscoring RISD’s role as a global leader in art and design education and helping to foster a better understanding of the value of art and design in our lives. Through a variety of communications vehicles and platforms, the team focuses on communicating with audiences including prospective students, donors, the RISD community (both on-campus and off) and the general public.

The Media Group invites media outlets to publicize RISD stories and drives the vision and content creation for the following communications vehicles (among other web properties and print publications):

  • RISD’s primary website, which is targeted towards prospective students and parents, along with a broad, global public
  •, a blog for the RISD community and the general public
  • RISD’s college-wide presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (add 'RISD1877' on Snapchat for a look at RISD life in and out of the studio)
  • RISD XYZ and XYZmail, the alumni magazine and digital monthly newsletter
  •, a site for the campus community that provides basic, helpful information about all campus offices, resources, services and groups
  •, RISD’s central events calendar accessible to the entire campus community and displayed as part of the site

Suggest news and information for these vehicles by reaching out to Media Group members as follows:

  • recommend newsworthy information and stories (photos welcomed!) by contacting Editorial Director Liisa Silander directly or by emailing and Director of Public Relations Jaime Marland, who handles outreach to media outlets
  • submit content updates for by emailing
  • submit high-quality images of student work produced in your department (for use on and in print publications) to Associate Director of Design Micah Barrett
  • post upcoming events at via the “Submit Your Event” button (open to anyone with a RISD email address and login credentials)
  • recommend information or request content updates for by emailing
  • request guidance for starting or maintaining a RISD-related social media account by contacting Jaime Marland

If you receive a request from a reporter or other outside media representative, please contact Jaime Marland.

You can also promote news and events through vehicles run by other departments including:

  • arrange live video streaming of your event via Livestream by contacting David Chandler in Media Resources; let Jaime Marland know once arranged for social media promotion
  • reach students through Word Out, the monthly CSI newsletter, by emailing
  • reach various alumni groups through email and/or social media by contacting Claire Robinson in Alumni Relations

The Media Group also devises and executes integrated print and digital marketing and communications strategies in collaboration with partners across campus. This work includes student recruitment in partnership with Admissions, fundraising in concert with Institutional Engagement and support of annual departmental events such as Collection, the Graduate Thesis Exhibition and Commencement.

For requests for marketing and communications advice and assistance, please contact Executive Director Kerci Marcello Stroud.


Robert Albanese
Senior Writer/ Editor
401 454-8506

Micah Barrett
Director, Design
401 454-6339

Brian Clark
Senior Director, Marketing Strategy
401 427-6920

Jay Davani
Production Coordinator
401 277-4899

Anayra Garcia
Division Administrative Assistant
401 454-6108

Danielle Mancuso
Public Relations Specialist
401 454-6334

Jaime Marland
Director, Public Relations
401 427-6954

Mrityunjay Marol
Graphic Designer
401 454-6558

Carrie Miller
Marketing Coordinator
401 454-6346

Liisa Silander
Editorial Director
401 454-6349

Josephine Sittenfeld
401 454-4950

Simone Solondz
Senior Writer/Editor
401 709-8528

Kerci Marcello Stroud
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
401 454-6380

Christopher Swift
Senior Graphic Designer
401 709-8522