Associate Vice President of Public Affairs - Robbie Graham
Associate Vice President of Public Affairs
UA Office of Public Affairs
Roberta Graham is the Associate Vice President of Public Affairs for the University of Alaska system and is responsible for managing reputational issues for the university, promoting the university, and advising the university president and Board of Regents on communications. As AVP, she develops communication strategies to advance university priorities, serves as the system’s chief spokesperson, oversees media relations, coordinates market research, special events, advocacy efforts and issue forums. She also chairs the systemwide PR Council.
Prior to her university service, Graham was appointed by Governor Sean Parnell as Assistant Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. In that capacity, she directed the Divisions of Economic Development and Community and Regional Affairs. She was responsible for the department’s work on Arctic economic development including infrastructure development. She chaired the Statewide Broadband Task Force, and served on the boards of the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. She also handled the management of department communications, managed tourism-related marketing and assisted with legislative initiatives.
In 2009, Graham served as the special assistant for public affairs in the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects [OFC] in Washington, D.C. She handled day-to-day public affairs for the Federal Coordinator including the development of communication strategies, speech writing and industry outreach efforts.
She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North and coordinated the creation of the Warming Arctic Symposium convened by the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy/Tufts University. Graham was a member at Alaska Pacific University Board of Trustees and also served on the Board of Advisors to the Harvard Public Diplomacy Collaborative.
Prior to her tenure in public service, Graham was the CEO of the public relations and public policy firm of Bernholz & Graham, Inc. with offices in Anchorage and New York City. As agency CEO, she was the lead strategist in designing and implementing campaigns for the agency’s myriad clients. She also enjoyed a freelance writing career for TIME magazine and other publications.
Graham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and an interdisciplinary minor in U.S. – Canadian Relations from Michigan State University, East Lansing, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Relations, with an emphasis on public diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.