CLEMSON — Mary Joy “M.J.” Pizzella of Alexandria, Va., has been elected to the Clemson University Foundation board of directors.

Mary Joy "M.J." Pizzella

Mary Joy “M.J.” Pizzella

Pizzella, a former senior business development executive for Google Inc., where she worked nearly seven years, retired in June of 2013. Prior to working for Google, she served in the Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush administrations. Her service included positions as director of public affairs and press secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy; assistant administrator for the Office of Communications and Citizen Services, U.S. General Services Administration; and aide to the ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.

Pizzella has also held positions as vice president for communications at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and vice president at Burson-Marsteller.

Pizzella is a third-generation graduate of Clemson. Her grandfather graduated in 1908, her father graduated in 1949 and she graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Pizzella is married to Patrick Pizzella; they live in Alexandria and Pinehurst, N.C.