Vice President of Communication
University Communications and Marketing
B.A., Political Science, American University
M.A., Political Science, American University
Matt Bennett, SPA/BA ’00 and SPA/MA ’01, is American University’s vice president and chief communications officer. With 20 years of experience in strategic communications, issues management, and brand development, Matt has designed and implemented comprehensive campaigns focused on advancing business and policy priorities, developing thought leadership platforms, and building trusted connections with influencers and key audiences.
Before joining AU, Matt was executive vice president, global communications at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He served on the senior leadership team and led MPAA’s worldwide communications enterprise, providing strategic counsel and support to the organization’s policy, legal, and content protection operations. Prior to joining MPAA in 2016, Matt was senior vice president and managing director of the District of Columbia office for Racepoint Global, an international public relations firm. He previously served as senior vice president of communications and public affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he led all internal and external communications and conducted a comprehensive rebranding effort for the association. He lives in Virginia with his wife (also an AU alum) and daughter.