After a comprehensive search, Uyen Mai has been named director of Public Affairs. Mai is currently senior media communications coordinator for the department. Her new post begins Feb. 2.
“Uyen is a home-grown talent: a graduate of our communications department, a former editor-in-chief of The Poly Post, and the university's media communication coordinator for almost nine years. She is well-positioned to make this transition,” says Ron Fremont, associate vice president for University Relations.
The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for all University-based communications, and serves as a resource to the internal and external community.
Mai has worked in the communication field for more than decade, including as an editor, writer, project lead, media relations specialist and journalist. Prior to joining Cal Poly Pomona, Mai was a daily reporter for the Los Angeles Times' community news section, the Inland Valley Times. She earned a master's degree in communication from Cal State Fullerton and a bachelor's degree in communication from Cal Poly Pomona.
She is currently co-advisor of the Vietnamese Student Association. She previously has been involved with the Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association, Unity Luncheon and Project Sister.
“I love working with the great team in Public Affairs and am thrilled to take more of a role in the university's communications,” says Mai. “Cal Poly Pomona provides a top-notch, hands-on education while ensuring a college degree is within reach for underrepresented groups. I'm honored to help share that story every day.”
Mai replaces Aida Morad, who had a distinguished career at the university and helped the department win numerous awards for its communications and publications. Morad retired in October.