Andrea E. “Andi” Fuentes

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Andrea E. Fuentes

Director, Communications Dean’s Office
Work Phone: (305) 284-4578


With more than 15 years of experience handling strategic planning, public relations, marketing, communications, brand management, crisis management and speechwriting in the corporate, nonprofit, education and government sectors, Andrea “Andi” Fuentes joined the University of Miami in August 2016 as director of communications for the College of Engineering.

Fuentes came to UM from Gulliver Schools, where she was director of communications and public relations. During her six years at the 2,200-student private school, she was responsible for image management, marketing, special events and all internal and external school communications. She wrote and oversaw the design and production of Gulliver’s publications, including a biannual alumni magazine and monthly e-newsletter; produced and distributed videos; and served as chief speechwriter, spokesperson and communications strategist for Gulliver leaders. She worked with the school’s alumni relations office to develop and execute alumni communications and engagement strategies; collaborated with the advancement department to develop and execute fundraising initiatives, marketing materials, annual fund materials and the annual report of giving; spearheaded a comprehensive school rebranding initiative; implemented a school-wide social media strategy; organized several high-profile special events, including the development of marketing materials, invitations and speeches; managed and launched two websites; and handled all media inquiries and requests. She also oversaw crisis communications for Gulliver and worked closely with its board of directors.

Prior to working at Gulliver, Fuentes owned and operated public relations firm Fuentes Communications, and worked with the public relations firms of Hill & Knowlton and Thorp & Company in Coral Gables. From 2001 to 2005, Fuentes served in the media and public affairs programs at the White House Office of Global Communications, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration.

At the College, Fuentes works closely with the dean’s office to develop and implement an outreach and communications strategy aligned with the College’s strategic plan, to implement a proactive media relations strategy to build the College’s visibility and public awareness, and to provide social media strategy. She also provides strategic marketing and communications counsel to senior leadership; writes and distribute publicity materials, including newsletters, advertisements, press releases and promotional materials; and monitors, analyzes and reports on social media and website analytics.

Fuentes received her degree in history and philosophy from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and lives in West Miami with her husband and three sons.

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