Senior Fellows

Adam-Clayton-Powell-IIIAdam Clayton Powell III

Adam Clayton Powell III leads CCLP’s new initiative on mobile phones as a platform for public service. He also coordinates CCLP’s Washington DC programming, which includes public forums on subjects ranging from public service and online media to the future of journalism.



Charlie Firestone

Charlie Firestone is Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and a Vice President of the Aspen Institute. His work at Aspen focuses on the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions, and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest.


Cinny-KennardCinny Kennard

Cinny Kennard, Executive Director at The Annenberg Foundation, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and media executive who served as managing director/managing editor of NPR West from 2003 to 2009.


Dan-GlickmanDan Glickman

Dan Glickman is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, based in Washington, DC. He previously served as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).



Dan-SchnurDan Schnur

Dan Schnur is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC.


David-WestphalDavid Westphal

David Westphal is the Editor-in-Chief of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting and an Executive in Residence at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was formerly Washington editor of McClatchy Newspapers.


Derek-ShearerDerek Shearer

Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Derek Shearer is Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He also serves as Director of Global Affairs, handling the college’s international relations and directing the expansion of its International Affairs programs.


Geneva-OverholserGeneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser is a former professor and director of USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism. She served as the school’s director from 2008 until 2013.



irshadIrshad Manji

Irshad Manji is an international bestselling author and Muslim reformer. After publishing two seminal books about why and how to achieve liberal reform within Islam, Ms. Manji founded the Moral Courage Project.


Jeremy-CurtinJeremy Curtin

Jeremy Curtin served until December 2009 as coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs in the U.S. State Department, where he was the government’s senior public diplomacy officer.


Jessica-YellinJessica Yellin

Jessica Yellin is a political journalist whose award-winning career includes reporting for CNN, ABC, and MSNBC. At CNN she covered the White House, Capitol Hill, and domestic politics. Her documentary on President Obama aired throughout the 2012 election.


Kit-RachlisKit Rachlis

Kit Rachlis is the editor of the Washington, D.C. based, political magazine The American Prospect and an award-winning editor who spent nearly a decade as editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Magazine.


Matthew-DowdMatthew Dowd

Matthew Dowd is a political consultant who currently serves as a special correspondent and analyst for ABC News. He writes a regular column for various publications.



Morley-WinogradMorley Winograd

Morley Winograd is the co-author (with Michael D. Hais) of Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America. He previously served as senior policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore.


Narda-ZacchinoNarda Zacchino

Narda Zacchino is an author and award-winning journalist who served as a top editor at the Los Angeles TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, and the Center for Investigative Reporting.


Neal-A.-BaerNeal A. Baer

Neal A. Baer, M.D. is a Harvard-trained physician, practicing pediatrician, and award-winning television writer and producer. Since 2000, he has served as executive producer of the NBC series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” He was previously Executive Producer of “ER.”


nicco meleNicco Mele

Nicco Mele is a political consultant, entrepreneur, and angel investor who previously served as the senior vice president and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He is also the co-founder of Echo & Co., a digital consulting firm.


Orville-SchellOrville Schell

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City. He was previously dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.


Peter-HirshbergPeter Hirshberg

Peter Hirshberg is chairman of City Innovate Foundation and the Re:imagine Group, which develops strategies and marketing in a world of empowered and connected audiences and customers.


Richard-ReevesRichard Reeves

Richard Reeves is a senior lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, an author, a syndicated columnist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His latest book is Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II.


Sandy BanksSandy Banks

In 36 years at the Los Angeles Times, Sandy Banks served as a reporter, editorial writer, assistant metropolitan editor and director of the newsroom’s diversity efforts. She was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.


Senior Policy Fellow

Geoffrey BaumGeoffrey Baum

A former C-SPAN executive producer, Geoffrey Baum is the president of the California Community Colleges board of governors and the director of communications and public affairs for The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.


Senior Research Fellow

Mark Latonero

Mark Latonero is a professor and a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City. His research focuses on emerging communication technology and social change with specific interests in human rights. His recent work examines the intersection of technology and human trafficking.