Louise Cavanaugh Sciannameo

  • Assistant Provost for Strategic Communications

Key Areas

Executive communications • crisis communications • marketing • multimedia initiatives • digital strategies • community outreach • institutional communications

Professional Biography

Louise Cavanaugh Sciannameo was appointed Assistant Provost for Strategic Communications in 2017.

With more than 25 years of professional experience leading communications/marketing and creative teams in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, she served the University of Pittsburgh in several communications roles from 1998 through 2004. From 2012 to 2017, she served as Vice President of Public Affairs at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that appointment, she led Carlow University’s Communications, Community Relations, Government Relations, and Campus Safety efforts for nearly a decade.

An award-winning communicator, Sciannameo's work has received top recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the International Association of Business Communicators, MarCom, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Association for Women in Communications. A 2011 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s ‘Crisis Leadership in Higher Education’ program, she also holds the Advanced Certificate in Strategic HR Management from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Sciannameo is a member of the Oakland Business Improvement District’s Innovation Oakland committee and serves on the boards of Familylinks and the Oakland Transportation Management Association.

Recent Presentations

  • League of American Orchestras, Marketing Roundtable, New York, NY, 2016
  • International Association of Business Communicators: “What the C-Suite Needs and Expects from Communicators,” Pittsburgh, PA, 2015
  • Public Media Development and Marketing Conference: “Keeping Up with the Customers,” Pittsburgh, PA, 2011

Education & Training

  • MA, Chatham University
  • BA in English, magna cum laude, John Carroll University
  • Executive Certificate in Negotiation, University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business
  • Advanced Certificate in Strategic HR Management, Cornell University
  • Certificate, Crisis Leadership in Higher Education, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
  • Social Media in Emergency Management, Emergency Management Institute
  • NIMS Communications and Information Management, Emergency Management Institute
  • Managing Critical Incidents for Higher Education Institutions: A Multi-Disciplinary, Community Approach, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
  • Introduction to Incident Command System for Higher Education, Emergency Management Institute
  • The Active Shooter: Keeping Our Campuses Safe, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Pittsburgh Division) and Robert Morris University
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction, Emergency Management Institute
  • National Incident Management System: Public Information System, Emergency Management Institute

Representative Publications

  • "A Conversation with Franco Gulli," The Violexchange, Vol. 2, No. 1
  • "An Uncompromising Commitment: Iona Brown," The Violexchange, Vol. 2, No. 1
  • "Chamber Music Inspired by the Poetry of Wallace Stevens," The Violexchange, Vol. 3, No. 4
  • "Heinrich Schiff: A European Cellist on an American Tour," The Violexchange, Vol, 1, No. 4
  • "Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Violinist," The Violexchange, Vol. 2, No. 3
  • "Eugene Ysaye and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra," The Violexchange, Vol. 1, No. 1
  • "Four of a Kind: The Kronos Quartet," The Violexchange, Vol. 2, No. 4
  • "Franco Petracchi in Cremona: On Doublebass Repertoire and How He Teaches It," The Violexchange, Vol. 2, No. 3
  • "Great Violin Dealers of the World: Jacques Francais," The Violexchange, Vol. 1, No. 3
  • "Kim Kashkashian: Violist," The Violexchange, Vol. 3, No. 1
  • "Profound Simplicity," The Violexchange, Vol. 4, No. 1
  • "Salvatore Accardo: An Exclusive Interview," The Violexchange, Vol. 1, No. 3
  • "The Manhattan String Quartet: Speaking of Twentieth-Century Repertoire," The Violexchange, Vol. 3, No. 3


  • Community Leadership Award for Outstanding Service, Community Human Services, 2011
  • 3 Telly Awards, 2006
  • 31 IABC Awards, International Association of Business Communicators
  • 3 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence
  • 8 MarCom Awards, Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals