Welcome COM Alumni!

Throughout his career, Neil Giuliano, an alumnus of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, has worn many hats.

From working at ASU's Alumni Association and serving as the mayor of Tempe, Arizona, to serving as the president and CEO of three different nonprofit organizations, Giuliano has gained invaluable experience and a unique set of skills.

“My whole ASU experience, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom, was transformative for me because it gave me, a skinny little kid from New Jersey, the opportunity to be exposed to people, ideas, information, and knowledge that I just don't think I would have been exposed to had I not come to a big institution,” Giuliano said. “There was such tremendous opportunity.” 

Neil Giuliano
College Leader of 2020
BA Communication, 1979
President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership


It is difficult to name just one valuable experience that I was afforded at ASU, but I believe it was a combination of leadership and life experiences. They gave me the confidence that I could do whatever I set my mind to" (Princeton Review).

"I chose communication because it was a broad-based major," stated Ybarra. "We could take the things we were most passionate about and go after them ... so we could build our career."

Kathleen Duffy Ybarra 
President and CEO, Duffy Group Inc.

BS Communication 1981, Sun Devil 100 recipient
past chair Board of Directors ASU Alumni Association



Versatility. That's what a degree in human communication means to me. Studying human communication gave me a theoretical foundation that I apply in my daily life. A degree in human communication gave me the flexibility to apply my skills in various contexts, eventually leading me to start my own company. In my business, I focus on making the theoretical tangible for my clients, in a way that impacts their bottom line. Whether it's an executive who wants to communicate and speak more effectively or a corporation that needs to understand why sales numbers aren't where they should be, I apply communication models and theories to produce dynamic outcomes. If you can communicate well with others, you can form relationships, generate ideas, and create positive change."

Jill Schiefelbein
Communication double alumna
BA in 2004 and MA in 2006

Communication Alumni

Please keep us updated and send us your contact information so we may update our alumni directory and for future publications.  Email your information to catherine.sebold@asu.edu.