About the Office

The mission of the Office for Public Engagement is to support the University's capacity to do public good, locally and globally, through the advancement of research, teaching and community engagement initiatives that address societal issues.


Our Staff

Alfredo Medina, Jr., PhD
Executive Director

Alfredo Medina, Jr. directs the Office for Public Engagement, overseeing all matters and activities related to public engagement. Dr. Medina joined the University at Albany in February 2015 as special adviser for educational engagement at the Capital South Campus Center (CSCC). As special adviser, he recruited and coordinated UAlbany expertise across disciplinary units to build a base of integrated support and input for immediate priorities and longer-term needs for CSCC.

Prior to joining UAlbany, Medina was associate vice president for academic affairs, risk management and compliance at Siena College, where he also served in leadership roles in sponsored programs and government and foundation relations. In addition, he gained extensive experience in the nonprofit sector at the grassroots and executive level for agencies such as the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. and the Urban League of Northeastern New York, Inc.

Dr. Medina has spearheaded numerous coalition-building initiatives with public and private institutions to strengthen higher education access and partnerships. Due to his success, Medina has been recognized for his work as a 40 Under Forty Award recipient by the Albany Business Review, 40 Under Forty Rising Latino Star recipient by the Hispanic Coalition of New York, and the Excelsior Award by the Albany Latin Festival Association.

Medina earned his doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University at Albany (2020). He holds Master of Science Degrees from the University at Albany in Educational Psychology and Statistics (1997) and Educational Administration and Policy Studies (2017). His bachelor's degree in Psychology is from Utica College of Syracuse University (1994). In addition, he earned a certificate in the Management Development Program (2010) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 


Mary HuntMary Hunt, APR
Manager of Programs

Mary Hunt handles strategic communications and special projects for the Office for Public Engagement. Prior to joining the OPE, Mary served as communications director for the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy from 2009 to 2016. At Rockefeller, she was responsible for developing communications strategies to market the college’s academic offerings and programs to prospective students and building that institution’s local, state and national reputation. There she oversaw Web communications, social media and media relations, and served as editor for Rockefeller College’s biannual news magazine.

In addition to higher education experience, Hunt has more than 20 years’ experience working in professional television and radio broadcasting. While at PBS member station WMHT Educational Telecommunications, she held a number of positions, including director of community and educational partnerships, writer/producer, and director of RISE, WMHT's 24-hour radio information service.

A New York State Broadcasters Award winner for her promotion and branding efforts, Hunt is also the recipient of multiple awards from the SUNY Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) for her work on publications and special events.

She has previously served on the boards of SUNYCUAD, the Public Relations Society of America Capital Region Chapter, the Women’s Press Club of New York State and the Capital Region Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Hunt received a Master of Arts in Communication from the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Russell Sage College.