Elise Dowell

Vice Chancellor for Communications and External Affairs

As JTS’s vice chancellor for communications and external affairs, Elise Dowell guides the institution’s strategic communications, oversees external relations and enrollment management, and serves as an ambassador for JTS to the public. She advises the chancellor and senior administration on all communications-related matters as well as on policy and institutional strategy. Elise joined JTS in 2002, and during her tenure has implemented a major rebranding initiative, enhanced JTS’s digital presence, upgraded the recruitment marketing program, and professionalized the communications operation throughout the organization. 

The work of the communications department has been recognized as the recipient of two Emmy Awards (Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective and And the Gates Opened: Women in the Rabbinate) and as the recipient of the 2015 UCDA design competition for the JTS microsite. Prior to her role at JTS, Elise held positions in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, including the Environmental Defense Fund and APL Digital, an Interpublic Group agency. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from Emory University.