Erin Kane

Erin Kane

Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Constituent Engagement in the Office of Advancement, University of Rochester


Erin Martin Kane is the associate vice president of communications, marketing and constituent engagement in the Office of Advancement at the University of Rochester in Western New York. Erin leads the departments of Communications, Stewardship, and Special Events, and is responsible for supporting the University’s philanthropy and engagement objectives through sophisticated marketing communications and live event experiences.

Prior to joining the University of Rochester, Erin served as the associate vice president for public relations at Syracuse University where she managed the daily operations of the central news office and directed all content decisions for the University’s news site and flagship social media accounts. Her career in public relations and communications spans more than 25 years and includes roles with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and academic medical centers.

From 1999-2005, Erin was the communications manager for the PBS series Frontline, leading the national promotion and audience engagement efforts for the award-winning investigative news and public affairs series. After Frontline, Erin consulted on limited PBS series and specials including the Nova production “Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge” and the American Experience/Frontline co-production “God in America.” An early adopter of digital and social media, Erin produced and co-hosted one of the very first audio podcasts for working mothers, securing a multi-year sponsorship from General Motors and earning 4 million lifetime downloads. When her kids were young, Erin wrote frequently about technology and family life for, the companion website for Real Simple magazine.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Erin is currently completing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


Syracuse University Maxwell School, MA Public Administration
University of Massachusetts Amherst, BA Communications