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Melissa Wood

Adjunct Instructor School of Education, Teaching and Health

Mary Beth Wood joined AU's media relations team in January 2010 after relocating from New York City. In her current role, Mary Beth is responsible for generating internal and external awareness and publicity for the School of International Service and the School of Public Affairs. As a liaison to the media, Mary Beth's responsibilities include producing effective press strategies, media training faculty and managing on and off site interviews, partnering with publishing houses and internal and external teams, writing and editing news announcements, press releases, pitch letters and more.

Prior to American University, Mary Beth worked in corporate public relations for Avon Products, Inc., Victoria's Secret PINK, Bratskeir|Seidman, and most recently represented multiple celebrity partners and their brands as head of Coty Beauty's North Americas press office in NYC.


BA in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising

Favorite Spot on Campus
The new SIS building!
Favorite Place in Washington DC
Politics and Prose
Book Currently Reading
Journey Into America: the Challenge of Islam
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Contact Info

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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.


  • Fall 2017

  • Spring 2018