What We DO

The Western Washington University Marketing Team promotes Western’s brand through strategic marketing. We focus on building awareness for Western’s colleges, departments, programs, locations, and various institutions and initiatives.

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What we do:

marketing strategy consultation.

marketing plan implementation and management.

creative concept development.

graphic design for print and web.

media planning and buying.


If you have questions about University Marketing, email us at creative@wwu.edu.

The Team

Megan Havens, Project Manager smiles boldly into the camera at her home office

Megan Havens, Project Manager, she/her/hers

Megan has over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, with a background in industries ranging from software to nonprofit to construction.

Inspired by the creativity and inherent curiosity marketing requires, she enjoys researching new and effective ways to reach target markets, while leveraging proven techniques and being informed by data. She's adept at identifying the small steps it takes to achieve big goals, and assists her team in strategizing and planning accordingly. She has been honored with two silver excellence in marketing awards from UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association).

She prides herself on being empathetic and organized, with an eye for detail. A proud 2009 graduate of Western, Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English (literature emphasis) with double minors in sociology and political science. When she's not working, she enjoys being active, spending time outside, cooking, learning, listening to music and podcasts, and laughing.

Chris Baker, Senior Graphic Designer

Chris Baker, Senior Graphic Designer

Chris has 20 years of experience working in graphic design, including 16 at Western. His work has highlighted just about every department on campus over the years; he helped create and continues to design the award-winning Window magazine. He also works closely with student publications, mentoring student editors and designers to get their magazines to the printer.

A graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chris started his career working for a design firm in Monterey, California, that specialized in higher education. Some of his first clients were The City College of New York, Loyola of Chicago, and Manhattan College.

In his spare time Chris enjoys visiting family, listening to music, and working on projects in his garage. When it's not raining, you might find him riding his motorcycle on curvy roads in the mountains.

Derek Bryson, Senior Graphic Designer stands smiling in front of a landscaped area.

Derek Bryson, Senior Graphic Designer, he/him/his

Derek Bryson graduated from Western with a Bachelor of Arts in Art-Design. After a handful of years as a graphic designer in the private sector, Derek returned to Western in the summer of 2011 as a graphic designer in the Office of University Communications. At Western, he enjoys the wide variety of projects he gets to work on with colleagues from every corner of the university. His work has been recognized through numerous Team Recognition Awards as well as the President’s Exceptional Effort Award in 2018. When not working, Derek enjoys spending time with his family, staying active, being outdoors, playing and watching sports, playing music (a lifelong drummer), board/card games and laughing.