Lorena Nava Ruggero
Updated March 2015
Communicator | Connector | Collaborator

I'm a well-rounded communications professional with more than a decade's experience in public relations, internal communications, marketing and journalism. Whether it's writing an article for print or online publication, using data to better plan communication initiatives or creating the content that others want to share on social media, I'm well versed in storytelling and its role in making "big picture" goals happen.

In addition to writing and strategic planning, I'm what Malcolm Gladwell dubs a "connector." With a lifetime in San Diego, an extensive social media network and wide-ranging interests, I know how to help person A get in contact with person B to create worthwhile and lasting relationships that are mutually beneficial.

At the end of the day, I'm all about team work. Sometimes we work independently, but no man or woman is an island -- and neither is work worth doing going to get done alone. When the going gets rough, wouldn't you rather get going with others alongside to help? I lead when needed and always seek to help teams succeed.


Director, College & Community Relations

  • Grossmont College
  • Jan 6, 2014 - Current
  • - I plan, organize, manage and administer strategic marketing campaigns. - I direct and implement public relations, media, college internal communications, community relations and related planning and research activities. - I provide leadership and information management on public relations issues. - I liaise with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District public information office on issues of shared interest.

Marketing and Communications Manager

  • Associated Students of San Diego State University
  • Feb 27, 2012 - Nov 30, 2013
  • - I coordinated and managed public relations, marketing and social media outreach for Associated Students of SDSU. - I planned and conducted all communications efforts, including blogging, social media and public relations outreach, related to Aztec Student Union, scheduled to open in fall 2013. - I advised student marketing and communications committee for Associated Students Government Affairs. - I chair the marketing round table, comprised of staff members at Associated Students-managed facilities. - I wrote online and print material as needed, including but not limited to: brochures, websites, feature articles, social media and blog posts, fliers/posters, media releases and advisories. - I liaised as needed with SDSU regarding public relations, fundraising and marketing efforts.

Editor, New Media

  • San Diego State University
  • Aug 1, 2008 - Feb 24, 2012
  • - I edited, wrote and designed content layout for SDSU NewsCenter, the online source for SDSU news. - I also took, edited and posted photos of university events. - I've also assisted in the expansion of SDSU's multimedia content and online presence. - Working in conjunction with media relations, I've helped enhance the university's integrated communication regarding its research, community service and international programs.

Freelance writer

  • various publications
  • Feb 1, 2010 - Feb 1, 2011
  • I was a freelance writer for a variety of industries/interests, including arts, science and medical services.


  • San Diego State University
  • Jan 1, 2009 - Current
  • - I taught labs of approximately 20 upper-division undergraduate and graduate public relations students how to use the Statistical Package for Social Sciences/Predictive Analytics SoftWare software as part of a public relations survey methods course. - I also lectured on qualitative and quantitative research methods, and assisted student with client presentations. - I taught courses of approximately 15 upper-division undergraduate public relations students how to write public relations materials and advised students on how to work with clients to create a public relations plan. - I consistently received strong reviews from students in a course which is required, but seldom enjoyed.

Media Relations Specialist

  • San Diego State University
  • Dec 1, 2005 - Jul 1, 2008
  • - I worked with local, regional and national print and broadcast media on behalf of the university, both proactively pitching science and technology stories and providing faculty experts as needed. - I served as the client lead for the College of Sciences and College of Engineering. - I assisted with creation and execution of long-term public relations and crisis communication plans. - In 2008, I was recognized by the SDSU Office of the President for my work on crisis communications during the 2007 wildfires.

Asst. Account Executive

  • Allison & Partners
  • May 1, 2004 - Dec 1, 2005
  • - My duties included creating and maintaining clip reports, preparing client reports, daily news scanning, story pitching and placement, and speaker bureau service, among other duties. - Clients included companies in the hospitality and tourism, professional services, non-profit and technology sectors, including Best Western International, ARAMARK Parks & Resorts, and Artwave La Jolla.

Marketing Intern

  • PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
  • Jan 1, 2004 - Jan 1, 2004
  • - Working with sports marketing, I assisted with the opening of PETCO Park in 2004, including coordination of a volunteer event for PETCO employees. - I also assisted with other marketing responsibilities, including editing advertising copy and fact-checking information for marketing reports.

Senior staff writer

  • The Daily Aztec
  • May 1, 2003 - May 1, 2004
  • - As a senior at SDSU, I covered the newly created diversity beat and the California governor's recall race. - I wrote at least two 500-word deadline news articles per week for the City section. - During my time with The Daily Aztec, I was awarded the MVP Award for my section for the fall 2003 semester.
master's degree'11
San Diego State University
mass communications & media studies
Inez Kaiser Graduate Student of Color Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
bachelor's degree'04
San Diego State University
communication - public relations
Public Relations Graduate of the Year, School of Journalism and Media Studies
Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations, Public Relations Student Society of America