October 2, 2013
LA JOLLA, CA—The Salk Institute for Biological Studies announced the hiring of Anna-Marie Rooney as its Chief Communications Officer, to oversee all aspects of the world-renowned Institute’s communications efforts including strategy, print publications, media relations, electronic/web communications, social media outreach, and multimedia resources.
“Anna-Marie is a gifted and skillful communicator with an outstanding combination of practical experience and strategic planning that brings great assets to this critical role. With her enthusiasm and professional background, we are extremely fortunate to have her lead our communications enterprise to the next level,” states Salk President William R. Brody.
Rooney most recently served as the Vice President/Chief Strategy and Brand Officer for The San Diego Foundation, the largest community foundation in the San Diego region. Over the course of six years, she created, organized, and implemented the marketing and communication strategies and tactics for the foundation, including the successful oversight and management of all promotional and public relations efforts for the Our Greater San Diego Vision initiative, which resulted in 30,000 participants, $3.5 million in media exposure, and 386 million media impressions.
Prior to coming to San Diego, Anna-Marie was the Senior Director of Marketing for the corporate office of KB HOME in Los Angeles, and before that, she served as the advertising and public relations manager for the global fashion retailer Guess, Inc.
She is a native of Denver, Colorado and earned her degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing and Public Speaking from the University of Denver.
About the Salk Institute for Biological Studies:
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world’s preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.
Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.