Communications Leader, Marketing Strategist, Digital Fundraiser

  • Passionate about telling stories across channels to advance missions and brands.
  • Track record of building a winning digital marketing strategy from the ground up.
  • Specializes in digital content creation, compelling social media campaigns, effective copywriting, and successful media relations.
  • Online fundraising leader with experience attracting new leads, stewarding communities and converting new donors
  • Experienced manager and dynamic teammate who thrives on collaboration, experimentation, and creativity.

Matt Paolelli is the senior director of marketing and communications for the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, one of the largest Catholic seminaries in the United States. He oversees all of the university’s communications efforts including media relations, website content, social media, email communications, multimedia content, events marketing, and digital advertising. His work has attracted thousands of new email subscribers, raised thousands of dollars in online donations and spread awareness of the seminary’s work to new audiences through social media campaigns and online events.

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. He also produced a half-hour documentary that aired on the Big Ten Network. See Multimedia Work

As a freelance reporter, Matt wrote extensively for The Daily Herald and his work also appears in U.S. Catholic magazine, Medill Magazine, Northwestern Magazine, Motherly, Fatherly, Aleteia, The Grotto Network, and the Catholic News Service. See Recent Writing

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 three 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.