Sallie Poggi

portrait of Executive Director of Communications Sallie Poggi sitting on a bench at UC Davis

Position Title
Executive Director

  • Strategic Communications

Working at UC Davis is like coming home for Sallie, who returned after being a student here in the early 2000s. A proud Aggie Alum, Sallie serves as executive director for Strategic Communications. She is responsible for overseeing operations, administrative functions and oversees the executive communications unit. She guides the overall strategy for the office to creatively engage audiences, support executive communications strategy and ensure overall office operations. 

Prior to her current role as executive director, Sallie served as the UC Davis social media director where she led strategy for how the University creates community and shares diverse stories on the flagship channels of UC Davis, executive social media channels, and Undergraduate Admissions social media. She was responsible for providing strategic guidance, governance and policy to the University's network of over 130 social media communicators. 

For the decade before joining UC Davis in 2015, she worked at global PR firms, consulting with national and international brands. She helped large consumer brands and government agencies to embrace and transform their businesses by developing social-media strategy, content strategy and engagement campaigns.

Sallie lives in Sacramento with her husband, two sons, and two crazy, little min-pin dachshund dogs.

Nerd fact

I am an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels, and I thank the digital gods for the invention of iPad books and the digital library app, which feeds my addiction. 

How do I avoid digital overload?

On the weekends, you can typically find me hiking or rooting around my backyard garden with my two kids, tasting and harvesting veggies, and making homemade pasta sauce with wine in hand.

Three words that describe me

Optimistic. Curious. Adaptable.

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