Gina Vild has been the associate dean and chief communications officer for the Office of Communications and External Relations at Harvard Business School since 2008. Under her direction, the office supports the School’s mission as a world leader in biomedical research and medical education, and as a thought leader that informs health care and global health policy with a focus on enhancing public confidence in the scientific enterprise. She is responsible for the overall communications strategy that ensures the School proactively contributes to national and international discussions about biomedicine and medical education. She also manages internal communications initiatives for HMS’s nearly 12,000 faculty, as well as for students and staff.
Gina has more than 25 years experience in communications, strategic planning, government relations and marketing. Before joining HMS, Gina served as director of marketing and communications for cancer and women’s health at Massachusetts General Hospital, and as director of communications for Dana–Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. She has also worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in state and local government, including having served as deputy communications director for Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. While living in England, she managed global accounts for an agency focused on consumer and healthcare marketing. Over the years Gina has led talented, award-winning teams in academia, healthcare and government, and has innovated around strategic communications, brand management, digital and social media as well as consumer and B2B marketing. In 2018 Gina co-authored with Sanjiv Chopra the book The Two Most Important Days, How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Happier, Healthier Life. She blogs for the magazine Psychology Today. Gina holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Hiram College in Ohio where she concentrated on communications and political science.