Skip Rimer is executive director of programs and communications at the Milken Institute, where he has overall responsibility for the organization's communications efforts and events. These include the Institute's publications, website, media relations and social-network outreach, as well as the Global Conference and Milken Institute Summits and Forums. Prior to joining the Institute in 1998, Rimer worked for more than 20 years as a journalist, most recently as the executive editor of the Santa Monica Outlook. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including from the Associated Press News Editors Council and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He received his master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.