Marlene Blum

Marlene Blum is the assistant director for strategic communications at the University of Oregon. In her role as assistant director Marlene develops publications, social media and web content. Before coming to UO, she worked in marketing and communications for UCLA.


A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she also worked as a studio manager for photo studios with national advertising clients. She has published a book: From these Hands, From this Heart: The Lives of San Luis Obispo County Migrant Workers Uncovered, which is available at


In her spare time, she enjoys photography, gardening, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family. A case of wanderlust has led her to explore 23 states and 17 countries. (So far.) Oregon is still her favorite place.