The LIU Brooklyn Office of Public Relations is part of the Marketing Services and Public Relations unit that reports into University Relations. The Office, which also reports to the provost, develops and implements strategies to sustain positive public awareness of the Brooklyn campus, helping to support the institution’s enrollment goals and to build pride and loyalty among its alumni and friends.
The Office manages media relations and promotional initiatives at the campus level, drafting press releases and statements, handling crisis management and maintaining the LIU Brooklyn Experts Guide for journalists. It also is responsible for commencement programs, development communications and the writing of campus newsletters, in addition to communications materials for the provost.
If you have questions, please call 718-488-1015 or fax 718-780-4046.
Public Relations Staff
Director of Public Relations
Brian Harmon has written for millions of readers at a variety of major daily newspapers and community publications over the past 18 years. He was a reporter at The Detroit News for five years and, during his eight years with the Daily News in New York City, he worked as a reporter, as bureau chief and as assistant metro editor. Brian also worked at newspapers in Port Jefferson, N.Y., and in West Virginia. He joins LIU Brooklyn after a one-year stint with Times/Review Newspapers, where he served as managing editor of the Long Island newspaper chain.
Director of Community Outreach and Arts Promotion; Deputy Director of Public Relations
Prior to joining LIU Brooklyn, Fatima Kafele served as the associate director of communications at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In addition to BAM, she has worked overseas at the London-based public relations firm TSI Communications UK and served as a PR consultant to Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company; Red Clay Arts; and the International Association of Blacks in Dance. Fatima has been profiled in Crain's NY Business and Paper Magazine for her work in arts promotion. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the State of New York at Albany.
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Alka Gupta joined LIU Brooklyn in 1998, bringing with her a range of editorial and communications experiences. She served as associate public information specialist for New York City's Human Resources Administration from 1988 to 1994. Prior to that, she was a writer and an editor for the Hearst home design and architecture magazine, Colonial Homes, and a staff reporter for the business newspaper, The Money Manager. Alka earned a master's degrees in political science and journalism from New York University and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College.
Associate Director of Public Relations
Helen Saffran joined LIU Brooklyn in 1979. During her tenure, she has served as acting public relations director for the department and as an adjunct professor for the campus, teaching English and a first-semester course for incoming students. Prior to that, she worked for 11 years as a copy editor for International Universities Press, a publisher of psychological and psychoanalytic books and journals. She holds a master's degree in psychology of school subjects from Columbia University's Teachers College and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.