Evelyn Gard is the Associate Dean of Public Affairs and Marketing at Gateway Community College (GCC). Her primary responsibilities include developing the college's marketing, communications, branding, media relations and social media strategies to advance the college’s mission, increase visibility and engagement, and enhance the college’s reputation both regionally and nationally. Gard is the GCC’s media spokesperson and supervises a creative team that manages the college website, printing, design and publications, event planning, social media and public information. 
 
Gard is the current president of the Southern Connecticut and Connecticut Valley Chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (past president in 2007), and was chair of the Marketing Council for the Connecticut Community College System in 2007-08. Currently, she serves on the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Taskforce for Branding and Marketing and on the Transfer Ticket marketing committee. 
 
As an advocate for civic engagement, Gard worked on national projects with Yale University and MacNeil/Lehrer’s By the People, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, WNPR and others to promote open dialogue and discourse on matters of civic relevance. She devotes her time to mentoring students each semester, providing professional guidance through her professional affiliations. Gard is on the Board of directors of the Elm Shakespeare Company and a former member of the New Haven Symphony and Connecticut Virtuosi Boards. She is a graduate of the Greater New Haven Chamber's Executive Leadership Program. Business New Haven named her as one of the region’s Rising Stars and Connecticut Business Times magazine recognized her as one of the state’s Twenty Noteworthy Women.
 
Prior to her position at Gateway Community College, Gard was the marketing and public relations manager at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. She has also enjoyed a lively career as a radio producer at KPFK in Los Angeles, and as middle and high school teacher in English, History and Theater Arts for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
 
Evelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is married to Richard Gard, with whom she shares six grown children.