Geoffrey Cowan


Geoffrey Cowan is a University Professor and the inaugural holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership. He directs the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. From 2010-2016, he was the founding President of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. From 1996-2007, Cowan served as Dean of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.


Adam-Clayton-Powell-IIIAdam Clayton Powell III

Director of Washington Programs

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.


Susan Goelz

Office Manager and Budget/Business Analyst

Susan Crookston Goelz is CCLP’s office manager and Professor Geoffrey Cowan’s administrative assistant. She is responsible for the Center’s budget administration, event coordination, office management and payroll administration, among other duties.


Danielle Balderas

Research Fellow

Danielle Balderas just received her Master’s in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied women’s and gender history, politics, and social movements. Before going to graduate school Danielle worked as a journalist at Independent Voter Network covering the 2014 elections.


Brianna Johnson

2018-2019 Junior Fellow

Brianna Johnson is a recent graduate of USC, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science. She previously worked as a field organizer for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, as a communications intern with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Communications Office, and as a research intern for UNESCO.


Anna Blue

Resource Employee

Anna Blue was the 2017-2018 Junior Fellow for CCLP, during which she was responsible for parts of the Center’s programming and research projects. She will continue to work for CCLP through September 2018, assisting with a project on women’s philanthropy, until she leaves for Estonia to pursue a Fulbright Student Research grant.


Jung-hwa (Judy) Kang

Research Fellow for the CCLP Washington, D.C. Office

Judy Kang is a public diplomat, researcher, and art exhibit coordinator. Judy graduated with a Master of Public Diplomacy from USC in 2018, where she was a Vice President in Advocacy at the USC Graduate Student Government, a founder and a President of the USC International Graduate Students and a President of the USC Annenberg Graduate Student Representatives. She was a Cowan Scholar from 2015 to 2018.


Beth Carter

2017-2018 Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Beth Carter recently graduated with her Master’s from the USC Global Communication program, during which she served as a 2017-2018 Cowan Scholar. This summer, she will be serving as a teaching assistant for Director Geoffrey Cowan’s Journalism 505 class. Prior to arriving at Annenberg, her previous work included roles in media, such as brand strategist at 72andSunny and contributing reporter and writer for 


Isabella Marten

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Isabella Marten is a first-year student in the Strategic Public Relations Master’s program. She is originally from Stuttgart, Germany and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, where she also lettered in Track and Field.  In her undergraduate research, Isabella explored the historical origins of U.S. mixed-race ideologies through the lives of people who identified as biracial.


Justine Leblanc

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Justine is currently in her second year of the MSc/MA Global Media and Communications programs. Although she hails from Montreal, she spent the past year at the London School of Economics, while working part-time in tech policy. Justine was valedictorian for McGill’s Faculty of Arts class of 2017, where she earned a First Class Joint Honors BA in Political Science and History with Distinction. 


Jessica (Jesse) Ryan

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Jesse is a multimedia producer and journalist, with a passion for examining environmental and humanitarian issues. Previously, Jesse worked as a producer for USA TODAY’s award-winning VR news show, where she helped create over forty 360-degree videos focused on a range of themes including wildlife and adventure. Jesse is a graduate of Lafayette College, where she studied urbanization and documentary filmmaking. 


Diana Kruzman

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Diana Kruzman is a senior studying print and digital journalism and Middle East studies at USC, with a minor in Psychology and Law. Diana has worked at CCLP since her first semester freshman year. Diana is also the managing editor of the Daily Trojan, USC’s student newspaper. Diana has interned at organizations such as USA Today and Reuters. She hopes to work as a foreign correspondent after graduation.


Rachel Chiu

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Rachel Chiu is a USC senior studying Political Science and Communication. She has interned at marketing firm Edelman; SCN Strategies, California’s premier Democratic consulting firm; the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and the Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate campaign. Rachel has also worked as a political journalist for Annenberg Media, covering events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.