Alicia Cook (she/her) joined AGMA as its Director of Communications in January 2020.
Cook spent the first decade-plus of her career working in higher education, most recently as Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing at Bloomfield College. During her four-year tenure at Bloomfield College, she elevated the College's magazine, On The Green, helping it to garner multiple awards.
Cook is also an established poet with Andrews McMeel Publishing. A firm believer in helping others, she uses her growing platform and skillset as a mental health advocate. An essayist and speaker, her activism to fight the opioid epidemic has garnered a worldwide readership and her very own episode on the Emmy-nominated PBS series "Here's the Story."
In addition to her communication recognitions in higher education, she was a finalist in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards, the recipient of 2017’s Everyday Hero award from NJTV, and 2018’s Women with Voices award from the Women with Voices Foundation. She was named a 2019 Healthcare Hero finalist by NJBiz. In 2020, Georgian Court University named her its Distinguished Alumni of the Year and she was a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards. She was the commencement speaker at Georgian Court's 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Her songwriting has been recognized by American Songwriter Magazine (4x honorable mention).
Cook received an MBA from Saint Peter’s University and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Georgian Court University.