Kelly Gribben - Associate Director for External Relations
Kelly Gribben is CREATE’s Associate Director for External Relations. She manages the external relations of the center, including media relations, business partnerships and events. She has over 10 years of communications experience in both governmental and business organizations.
Prior to joining CREATE, Kelly consulted for a biomedical company in Irvine in the field of marketing communications and was the California coordinator for a presidential campaign.
For the previous six years, Kelly was Director of Corporate Communications for an NYSE-traded international pharmaceuticals company, ICN Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Orange County, California. There, she was responsible for media relations, community relations, employee communications, and the publication of all corporate public relations and investor materials, including the annual report. Her job ended at ICN due to a hostile takeover as a result of a two-year proxy battle of which she was assigned to coordinate.
Kelly was an intern at the White House in the Office of Public Liaison before attending graduate school. After studying international relations, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in London in the International Marketing Center and then at the Orange County Office of Protocol and Center for International Visitors.
Kelly holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and French from the University of San Diego.