Jeff Gattas

UC San Diego | Assistant Chancellor & Chief of Staff

Jeff Gattas is Assistant Chancellor and Chief of Staff to UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. In this role, Jeff serves as strategic advisor to the chancellor and the campus executive leadership team, providing expertise and counsel on all aspects of leading an internationally ranked public research university.  He is the chief communications officer, developing communications strategies and tactics to achieve institutional goals and objectives while overseeing UC San Diego’s public relations, media relations and marketing. He also provides leadership and oversight for public affairs, directing advocacy and state and local government relations efforts, as well as managing business operations and the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in communications, government and public affairs.  He joined UC San Diego in 2007 where he served in roles including Senior Director of Public Affairs and Executive Director of University Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to working at UC San Diego, he was San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ Director of City Council Affairs, acting as liaison between the City Council and the Mayor’s office.  In addition, he served as Chief of Staff/Policy to San Diego City Councilmember and Acting Mayor Toni Atkins and District Director and Press Secretary for California Assemblymember Denise Moreno Ducheny.  He has managed and advised on several national, state and local political campaigns. Before entering the public sector, Jeff worked in public relations and marketing, assisting organizations in meeting their strategic communication, community outreach and product development and placement needs. He represented a broad client base from Fortune 200 companies to entrepreneurial ventures to snowboarding and skateboarding magazines. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a master’s degree in Mass Communications from San Diego State University.  He completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive program in State and Local Government at John F. Kennedy School of Government. Jeff is also active in the community and has served on a variety of civic and community boards. Currently, he is on the Executive Committee for LEAD San Diego, the Downtown San Diego Partnership Board of Directors and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee.