UCLA Athletics has hired Scott Markley as the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Communications.
Markley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic communications in three of the largest corporate brands in the world. A native of San Diego, he will be joining UCLA after working as Associate Director of Corporate Communications for Kellogg’s in Chicago, where he was a spokesperson responsible for directing the global communications strategy for the company’s corporate responsibility initiatives. He also served as a spokesperson for McDonald’s, where he directed a 10-person team representing the company on TV, radio and in print regarding all aspects of the business. Prior to that, Markley worked for three and a half years as Senior Manager, National Media Relations at Walmart and was a spokesperson for the Supreme Court of the United States from 2006 to 2014.
As UCLA Athletics’ primary spokesperson and strategic communicator, Markley will serve on the senior staff of Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond. He will advise senior administrators and head coaches on communications matters and oversee the athletic communications department, including social and digital media initiatives.
“We are excited to bring Scott to Westwood,” Jarmond said. “Scott brings a distinct perspective to our athletic department and has a strong history of commitment to service and engagement with constituents. His ability to promote and highlight the stories of our talented student-athletes will be very positive for our program.”
Markley graduated from San Diego State in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Economics.