Communications Leader and Marketing Strategist

  • Passionate about telling stories across channels to advance missions and brands.
  • Track record of building digital strategy from the ground up.
  • Specialize in digital content, social media campaigns, writing, public relations, and digital fundraising.
  • Experienced manager and dynamic teammate who thrives on collaboration, experimentation and creativity.

Matt Paolelli is the director of marketing and communications for Mundelein Seminary, the largest Catholic seminary in the United States. He oversees all of the seminary’s communications efforts including media relations, the website, social media, email communications, multimedia content, events marketing, online giving and digital advertising.

He previously served as the senior manager of strategic communications for Catholic Extension, a non-profit organization that raises funds for poor Catholic dioceses around the country. His social media campaigns have been recognized with “Best in Class” awards from the Associated Church Press and the Religion Communicators Council.

Paolelli earned a bachelor’s degree in newspaper reporting and a master’s degree in new media journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. He later worked at Medill as a teaching technologies specialist, where he instructed students and faculty in multimedia software, Web technology and content management systems. He then worked as a Web content producer for Northwestern University Relations, where he produced hundreds of multimedia news features as well as created and managed the University’s social media presence.

As a freelance reporter, Matt wrote extensively for The Daily Herald and his work has also appeared in The Chicago Defender, The Chicago Journal, The Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times, Medill Magazine, Northwestern Magazine, Motherly, Fatherly, Sojourners and the Catholic News Service. He also produced a half-hour documentary that aired on the Big Ten Network.

He spent seven years teaching journalism and multimedia reporting as an adjunct professor at Medill and is the proud recipient of the 2014 Medill Students’ Choice award. He was named to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll three times. When he’s not doing any of that, he’s hanging out with his wife and two kids, rooting for the Chicago Cubs and the Northwestern Wildcats or posting on his blog.

You can follow him on Twitter @payolelly or connect with him on LinkedIn. He does not actually speak in the third person.