Joel M. Malina
Vice President for University Relations
Joel M. Malina serves as Vice President for University Relations, coordinating Cornell’s internal and external communications functions as well as the university’s relationships with federal, state, and local policy makers and stakeholders.
In coordinating University Communications, Malina supervises a large staff working in three critical areas: Communications, Media Relations and News, and Marketing. He also works closely with the deans and the communications directors of Cornell’s 14 colleges and schools. Malina’s primary responsibilities in this arena include leading the development and implementation of a university-wide communications strategy and serving as Cornell’s principal spokesperson.
As head of Federal, State and Community Relations, Malina directs the university’s public policy efforts and coordinates its involvement with government-focused higher education associations. With offices in Washington, DC, in Albany, and on the Ithaca campus, Malina and the Government and Community Relations staff serve as liaisons between Cornell and elected officials, agencies, and other stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. Malina also works closely with the director of government and community affairs at Weill Cornell Medical College and the director of external relations at Cornell Tech.
Malina came to Cornell from Washington, DC, where he served as CEO and general manager of Wexler | Walker, one of the nation’s top public policy consulting firms. Over the course of 21 years at the firm, Malina established himself as one of Washington’s premier strategists and coalition practitioners, managing numerous successful lobbying and communications campaigns on behalf of Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, and trade associations.
Prior to joining Wexler | Walker in 1992, Malina served as a political aide to U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) and was an associate at Austin-Sheinkopf Communications, a New York City–based media relations firm.
A former professional actor, Malina appeared in numerous television commercials, Off-Broadway, and regional theater productions.
A cum laude graduate of Yale University with a BA in political science, Malina is a frequent guest lecturer at the American University’s Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute.