Katie Paquet is the Vice President of Media Relations and Strategic Communications at Arizona State University. She has responsibility for planning, developing and implementing strategies to further the awareness and appreciation of ASU with diverse constituencies through a variety of mediums.
Prior to joining ASU, Paquet was the Vice President of Public Affairs and External Relations for the Arizona Board of Regents. She oversaw all communications and government relations activities for the board, serving as liaison with media, policymakers and the business, civic and educational community.
She previously held leadership positions with AT&T Inc., the Chicago-based public affairs firm Jasculca/Terman and Associates and the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor. She graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Tell us about an experience that got you interested in the sector.
There is no one experience I can point to. I am drawn to the spirit of service and commitment of the individuals who work in this sector. Day in and day out, these individuals are working to improve the lives of Arizonans. To me, that’s what life is about. Every day, in some way, shape or form, making the community better than it was the day before.
What advice would you give to a leader trying to make a difference in her or his community?
Persistence pays off.