Senior Fellows

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.”



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.



Ev Boyle

Ev Boyle, the former Associate Director of CCLP and the founding director of Civic Teach USC, leads a new nonprofit, launched by Los Angeles tech leaders, whose mission is to channel the resources and expertise of LA’s tech sector to support and accelerate the work of LA’s most impactful nonprofits and social enterprises.



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.




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.





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.



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).





Peter 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.




Kirk-W.-JohnsonKirk W. Johnson

Kirk W. Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. His forthcoming book, about the natural history heist of of the century, will be published by Viking in the spring of 2018.



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.




CaptureJack Lerner

Jack Lerner is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the UC Irvine School of Law and the Director of the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.




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.




John Markoff


John Markoff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote for The New York Times’ science and technology beat for 28 years, where he was widely regarded as the paper’s star technology reporter.




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.



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.




Adam-Clayton-Powell-IIIAdam Clayton Powell III

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



Todd S. Purdum

Todd Purdum is a senior writer at POLITICO and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He was formerly with The New York Times, where he worked for 23 years, covering politics from city hall to the White House.




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.




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.




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.



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.



Morley 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.




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.



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.

Senior Policy Fellow

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.