To connect people, to promote understanding, to break down barriers, there is little more powerful than a compelling narrative.


Jody Ulate

As a writer, educator and communications strategist, I enjoy helping people and organizations communicate effectively, persuasively and with purpose. 

For 20 years, I have worked with Bay Area universities and nonprofits, using strategic storytelling, digital savvy and visual literacy to advance public higher education and to support organizations that align with my personal values—including improving the lives of young people, protecting the environment and promoting social justice. In addition, I teach university-level writing and communication studies courses and have given lectures on creative writing and content strategy.

During 15 years in San Jose State University’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing, I had the privilege of being a leading driver of communications strategy, articulating the university’s communication standards and crafting people-focused, enterprise-level print, digital and multimedia communications that advanced the university’s goals and fundraising priorities, helping to create opportunities for students and faculty members.

A core part of my professional experience has been overseeing enterprise-level digital content strategy and operations, including the creation of news, features, and other narrative and multimedia content, as well as promotion of content on web and social media channels. For more than a decade, I served as print and digital editor of Washington Square, leading the vision and creation of San Jose State’s alumni magazine and flagship publication, evolving storytelling to increase the engagement of SJSU’s 280,000+ alumni.

An educator and communications professional with a coaching leadership style, I aim to guide others toward a growth mindset and to inspire change-makers. My biggest inspiration: learning about and sharing stories of resilient people working to make the world a better place.

A U.S. Army veteran and the recipient of The Writer’s Hotel 2019 Sara Patton Nonfiction Stipend, I am seeking representation for a memoir about survival and reinvention—and how becoming a soldier helped reshape the narrative of my life.