Carnegie Mellon University

Vice President's Office


Key Nuttall 

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Key Nuttall is the vice president for Marketing & Communications. He is responsible for providing leadership to the university's efforts to increase its visibility through communications and content, internal and external relations, as well as reputation and issues management. Prior to joining CMU, Key was senior vice president for external relations at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he led the branding, marketing and communications strategy.

Prior to Wesleyan, Key served as the assistant vice president for university marketing at the University of Washington and previously held marketing and leadership positions at Microsoft. He is a native of Newton, MA and a die-hard fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, much to the chagrin of his wife and three adult sons.

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Matt Nagel

Associate Vice President, Content & Communications

Matt promotes the university through dynamic storytelling that highlights Carnegie Mellon’s exceptional faculty, students and staff as well as their incredible research. Matt began his career as a broadcast journalist but later found his passion for higher ed communications during previous stops at the Georgia Institute of Technology and New York University. When he is not in the office, Matt enjoys time with his wife, Teri; their son, Patrick; and their two labs, Charlie and Carmen.

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Lara Steiner

Senior Director, Web & Creative

Lara leads the web and creative teams, which includes the online strategy creative and photo & video teams. She also manages a cost-recovery unit. Although she is a native of Long Island, New York, hundreds of miles from Pittsburgh, Lara loves black and gold, and plaid. Prior to joining CMU, she worked in account management for chaotic and high-energy advertising agencies like Mullen, Dymun + Co and MARC USA. She has a bachelor's degree in advertising from Penn State and makes an annual trip to her alma mater to take a picture with the Nittany Lion.

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Sara Novelly

Business Manager, Marketing & Communications

Sara joined the university 11 years ago. She oversees budget and office management and as the human resources liaison, she coordinates hiring processes and performance evaluations. Sara previously worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and theatre from Fordham University and a master of public policy and management degree from CMU. She has a rambunctious — but cute — toddler and an equally rambunctious family and husband, Jeff. Do you like cookies? Sara will bake some for you.

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Tricia O'Reilly

Senior Communications Strategist and Writer, Office of the President

In collaboration with Marketing & Communications, Tricia plans and executes key presidential communications including campus announcements, presentations, correspondence and other executive priorities. Prior to joining CMU, she was a public relations account executive at Stern Advertising where she developed communications strategies for internal and external audiences. Originally from New York City, Tricia lives in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband, son and crazy cat. She loves finding new and delicious places to eat around town, but her favorite food is popsicles!

Emily Meyer

Emily Kosova

Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Emily’s primary responsibilities at CMU are to set priorities for the vice president's office, manage his schedule, organize meetings and support the assistant vice president for strategy and operations. She earned a certificate in art history from Sotheby's Institute of Art, an offshoot of the famous auction house in England, where she lived for seven months. Previously, Emily worked at The Andy Warhol Museum, where she once met Jane Seymour. Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, Emily is a die-hard Cleveland sports fanatic.