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  • Lisa Lapin

    Lisa Lapin

    Affiliate, University Communications

    BioAs Stanford's senior communications official, Lisa Lapin oversees University Communications and serves as chief media spokesperson for the university. The University Communications team has responsibility for strategic communication, issues and crisis management; digital communications including social and mobile media; media relations and the Stanford News Service; executive communications; internal, community and parent communications; and video production. University Communications also houses major publications and communications programs including Stanford Report, Stanford for You, iTunesU, YouTube, Stanford Facts; and campus video production Stanford Video. Lapin provides leadership to the university-wide Communications Working Group of more than 135 campus professionals.

    Lapin is a member of the Association of American Universities Public Affairs Committee and is active in numerous communications organizations including the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and the communications advisory board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Lapin served on the Board of Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, where she also chaired the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing. She is a co-founder of, a research news program aggregating content from over 60 of the world's leading universities.

    Prior to joining Stanford in 2008, Lapin headed communications at the University of California, Davis for nearly a decade, first as director of its News Service and then as assistant vice chancellor for university communications, where she led external and internal communications at the 30,000-student public research university. Her responsibilities at UC Davis included media relations, crisis and issues management, executive communications, primary campus website and publications, branding and marketing, faculty-staff communications, visual identity and design, and development, alumni and parent communications.

    Lapin spent 15 years as an award-winning reporter and editor at major daily newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News and The Sacramento Bee. She covered higher education, state and federal politics and environmental issues, and served as education editor and in newsroom management as city editor. Among numerous reporting and writing honors, her work covering the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake shared a San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer Prize.

    Lapin holds an MLA degree from Stanford University and a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California.