Natalie Fry | Research and innovation



Natalie Fry joined the University of Nevada at Reno in 2007. She is a seasoned professional with almost 20 years of experience in strategic marketing and communications, primarily in higher education, with some experience in non-profit organizations and agencies.

Natalie joined Research and Innovation most recently from the Marketing and Communications Department, where she has worked at the university for over 15 years, most recently as a Marketing Communications Officer. Natalie supported the marketing, communications and branding strategy to transform the University of Sierra Nevada, acquired by the university in 2022, into the University of Nevada at Reno on Lake Tahoe.

Natalie has served on many committees and held a number of campus and community leadership positions: 2020-2021 Campus Recovery COVID-19 Task Force, Communications Committee Leader; Member of the Information and Communications Technology Committee; 2019-2021: Chairman of the Faculty of Administration Committee; 2018-2021: Member of the Committee of the Faculty of Administration; 2017-2019: Early Career Academic Faculty Committee, Public Relations Liaison; 2016–2017: Faculty Senate, Presidential Division Senator; Fulbright 70th Anniversary Program, Planning Committee Member; StoryCorps, public relations team; Intel International Science and Technology Fair, Public Affairs Committee, Walker Basin Project, Communications Committee; Reynolds School, member of the alumni committee; Target 500 member committee recruiting and recognizing National Merit and Presidential Fellows; the steering committee of ASCENT (All College Students Educated in Nevada Today), as well as numerous recruitment, events, observances, and communications committees.

Since 2005, Natalie has been a member and professional associate of the National Public Affairs Society of America (PRSA) and has served on several positions on the Board of Directors of the local Sierra Nevada Chapter.

Natalie was born and raised in Nevada, in the rural farming community of Smith Valley.

Reporting to the Vice President of Research and Innovation, Natalie works with faculty, staff, and students to increase the university’s impact in the areas of research, discovery, outreach, and economic engagement, including innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.


BA Journalism, Public Relations, University of Nevada, Reno, 2004

Professional Certificates

American Society for Public Affairs, National Member since 2005, Sierra Nevada Chapter of PRSA, Local Member since 2005.

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