ECL Communications Team

The Emory Campus Life Office of Communications is the division’s marketing communications unit. The office supports ECL’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by working with division staff and departments to provide communications counsel and produce materials and programming for selected projects. Our communications services span seven broad categories: strategic counsel, executive communications, editorial services, web/social media, graphic design, photography, and video.

Tomika DePriestTomika DePriest
Sr. Director for Communications

409E Dobbs University Center

As senior director of Communications for Emory Campus Life, Tomika DePriest develops and guides strategy to ensure that all Emory Campus Life communications consistently and accurately articulate the organization's mission, vision, and goals in alignment with the overall university brand.

In addition to leading the Emory Campus Life Communications team, Tomika reports to the senior vice president and dean of Campus Life, providing communications counsel on a range of issues, including crisis communications. As a member of the university’s Communications and Public Affairs team, she also works on strategic initiatives that advance Emory’s reputation.

Before joining Emory, DePriest served for 13 years with Spelman College as assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and as executive director of communications. She has also help communications leadership roles with Turner Broadcasting Systems and Southern Company.

DePriest is a member of and has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Public Relations Society of America (national and Georgia chapter).

She holds a BA in English from Spelman, an MA in humanities from Clark Atlanta University, and a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

John Baker Brown, Jr.John Baker Brown
Writer and Communications Strategist

G18 Raoul Hall

Drawing on more than 30 years of experience, John Baker Brown works closely with Emory Campus Life leadership and other staff to provide communications consultation and develop messages ranging from personnel announcements to crisis communications, as well as occasional articles for Emory Report.

Before joining Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships in 2012, John served for more than a decade as communications director for Faith And The City, a nonprofit that encouraged nonpartisan interfaith collaboration and civic engagement. The organization earned two awards for public affairs programming, presented by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters TV network, and an Award of Excellence for Total Communications Program/Small Association, presented by the Georgia Society of Association Executives.

John’s earlier assignments included consulting writer/editor with The Coca-Cola Company, vice president for communications with Morehouse College, editor of The Atlanta Tribune newsmagazine, and video producer and later corporate spokesperson/media relations manager with AT&T. He taught video production, film history, and academic writing at several institutions of higher education.

John holds a BA in education and an MA in mass communications from the University of Akron, and an MTS from Emory’s Candler School of Theology.

Matt ConeMatthew Cone
Interactive Communications Developer

G18 Raoul Hall

With a range of skills and experience Matt Cone serves as Emory Campus Life’s webmaster, videographer, photographer, scriptwriter, graphic designer, editor, and communications consultant. Previous positions include stints in residential student affairs at Emory and in-house creative in the Atlanta office of the global public relations firm, Porter Novelli.

Recognitions accorded Matt’s work include being named a 2011 Adobe Imagination Challenge Finalist, placing second in a nationwide competition. But he is even more proud of a local award for Best Individual Performance in a Radio Spot, an honor he received as a preteen assisting his father, a veteran radio professional.

Matt is a native Atlantan, despite no discernable southern accent and a weird insistence on using "cheers" as his email salutation. He is particulary gifted at writing nonsensical filler, given an aversion to actually writing his own biography. This seems like a silly phobia, until you realize that for 23 years, Matt didn't go to grocery store delis because he feared the social backlash of not knowing how to order.

Matt earned a BA in economics at Emory and an MPH in behavioral science at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health.

Tina ChangTina Chang
Communications Director

G25 Raoul Hall

Ting-Wei “Tina” Chang is communications director for Emory Campus Life. Her responsibilities include web building and maintenance, graphic design for print and electronic materials, writing and editing, project management, and communications consulting.

A Campus Life professional since 2003, Tina served formerly in Residence Life and Housing as assistant director of marketing and later as director of communications and web development. Her colleagues unanimously agree that, over the years, she has designed more than enough Campus Life tee shirts to claim her own clothing line.

In 2004, Tina’s Web Savvy “step-by-step how to build a website” program garnered first place at the annual national marketing conference of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International.

An avid cyclist, Tina is a volunteer board member with Action Cycling Atlanta – serving as marketing and technology chair, as well as ride director for the AIDS Vaccine 200 Bicycle Ride annual fundraiser. Under her leadership, the annual event was recognized with the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award, presented by Human Rights Campaign Atlanta.

Tina holds a BS in neuroscience and behavioral biology with a minor in Chinese studies from Emory University.

Tomika DePriestAlexa Palomo
Web & Photo Intern

G18 Raoul Hall

Alexa Palomo is a sophomore in Emory College, double-majoring in History and Anthropology. She is eager to be interning for ECL Communications, and hopes to perfect her skills in web design and photo-editing software, as well as learn more about the Emory community. She won various awards for photography and writing in high school, and wishes to keep practicing with these mediums through her Emory Campus Life internship. Born in Miami, and raised bilingual, Alexa grew up in a very diverse area of South Florida, and has thoroughly enjoyed living in Atlanta and experiencing all that the city and Emory have to offer.

Tomika DePriestAbdullah Budeir
Writing Intern

G18 Raoul Hall

[Bio coming soon!]

Sanya JaffarSanya Jaffar
Social Media Intern

G25 Raoul Hall

Sanya Jaffar is a third year in Emory College, majoring in Quantitative Science with a concentration in Political Science. She loves doing social media for ECL Communications, and hopes to interact with of Emory’s social media channels through Campus Life. Sanya is an Oxford Continuee and worked as a social media intern for Oxford’s Office of Enrollment Services. In her free time she likes to play squash. Her hometown is Marietta, Georgia and she loves the vibrant experience of Atlanta.


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Emory Campus Life

Emory Campus Life (ECL) cultivates a sense of shared community across the university’s many units and among its nearly 15,000 students by building bridges between academic and co-curricular life. ECL’s two-dozen departments support a variety of programs, services, and organizations. Among them are dining, housing, recreation, intercollegiate athletics, debating, health services, mental health and career counseling, spiritual life, community engagement, and international, multicultural, and LGBTQ life, as well as a host of student organizations.