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Welcome to the President's Office

President's Office Building

The staff in the President's Office serve as a liaison between various constituencies (students, parents, faculty, neighbors, alumni) and the university administration. The office is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The building once served as the residence for American University's chancellors (later called presidents). The building was completed in 1925 and is a reproduction of the Macey House, built in 1854 on Nantucket Island. The building stands in what was the front yard of the General Murdock Home, The Old Farmhouse, which originally stood on this property.

We welcome your questions and comments at president@american.edu.

President's Office Staff

Seth Grossman Chief of Staff

Seth currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President of American University and as an adjunct professor of law at AU's Washington College of Law. Seth previously served as the

  sethg@american.edu

  (202) 885-2164

Brian Chiglinsky Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Chiglinsky joined the Office of the President in October 2017 as the president's speechwriter. He previously advised on policy and communications at Aledade, Inc., a health care company that par

  brianc@american.edu

Sarah Evans Special Assistant

Sarah Evans joined the Office of the President in June 2019 as Special Assistant. During her time as a graduate student at the School of Public Affairs, she served as a research assistant at The Lab @

  seevans@american.edu

  (202) 885-2143

Sherri Kum Administrative Coordinator

Sherri Kum joined American University June 2018 to provide direct support to the Chief of Staff & Counselor to the President and to the Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Sherri has more than 20 year

  kumsn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2164

Community and Government Relations

Maria Barry Director of Community Relations

Maria Barry joined American University in June 2019. Maria discovered a dedication to community development and social justice after working on a state-wide referendum in Maryland and completing her B

  mariab@american.edu

Special Events

Lisa Arakaki Senior Director of Special Events

Lisa Arakaki works closely with campus partners to coordinate large-scale events including commencement, All-American Weekend, Staff Appreciation, Celebrate AU, and the Faculty-Staff Holiday Party. In

  larakak@american.edu

  (202) 885-2430

Strategic Implementation

Geralynn Franceschini Executive Director of Strategic Implementation

Geralynn serves as Executive Director supporting the President and Chief of Staff of American University in the implementation of the Strategic Plan. She has extensive global corporate and management

  geralynn@american.edu

Katherine Van Order Project Manager

Kate serves as Project Manager supporting the Executive Director of Strategy Implementation in the Office of the President. She has extensive management consulting experience and a successful track re

  kate@american.edu

  (202) 885-2837