Marcia Jones Cross, publications specialist III and campus executive director for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA), came to the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2013. In her role as publications specialist III, Cross writes and edits the bi-weekly Dean’s E-News, researches and writes articles for the school’s website and its magazine, The Briefing, writes press releases on policy briefs and other faculty research, and serves as producer and project manager for several of the School’s video projects.
As the campus executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Cross is the overall adviser for the Georgia State University student chapter of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Her role includes serving as mentor/adviser, community leader, registrar for certification, recruiter/spokesperson, and resource developer and manager for the NLA program.
Prior to working at Georgia State University, Cross was the academic partners executive for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s national office, special assistant to the president for operations at Clark Atlanta University; vice president for college relations for Morris Brown College; assistant professor of journalism at Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts; assistant to the president/director of public affairs at Chicago State University; and director of public relations and marketing for Meharry Medical College. Cross has also served as adjunct instructor for Georgia Southern University.
With a strong love for working in higher education, Cross began her communications career with the University of Pittsburgh’s News and Publications office. She has also worked as a writer in the public relations’ offices of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago. My public relations achievements include local, regional and national media placements in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times as well as broadcast spots on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Today Show and 20/20, to name a few.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cross earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.