Administration & Staff Directory

Kristen Kusek

Kristen M. Kusek

Kristen M. Kusek

Director of Strategic Communications
Education: Master of Science, Marine Science (USF College of Marine Science); Master of Journalism / Mass Comm (USF St. Petersburg)
Bachelor of Arts (Biology and English), Bucknell University
Office Phone: 727.553.3414






A short paragraph or two describing what you do at the college

As Director of Communications I’m responsible for establishing and guiding the strategy for, and execution of, all communications-related functions of the USF College of Marine Science. I am the primary storyteller for the College and am responsible for print and/or digital news, media outreach and marketing, and for providing support of alumni outreach, strategic fundraising, and community engagement initiatives. I work closely with our webmaster on all of these initiatives. I am also leading the development of a new outreach program focused on coastal resiliency called Guardians of the Gulf – an opportunity afforded the College by virtue of its relationship with the St. Petersburg Innovation District.

Four Quick Facts About Yourself

  • I’ve been to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and the top of the world’s most northernmost active volcano
  • I am humbled by the opportunity to return to a College where I first earned my professional ‘wings’
  • I collect Dr. Seuss books
  • I returned to St. Pete after a long stint in Boston, and can’t wait til the next Bucs season