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 leads CCLP’s initiative on cybersecurity and Internet of Things Emergency Response, in association with USC’s schools of business, engineering and public policy. He also coordinates CCLP’s Washington DC programming, which includes monthly public forums on subjects including public diplomacy, national security and the future of communications.


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.



Brianna Johnson

2018-2020 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.



Robyn Sundlee

Research Fellow

Robyn Sundlee earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University where she received a Master’s of Public Affairs, focusing on international diplomacy. After graduating from Brown, she conducted public affairs research for the National Journal in Washington, D.C. and managed a successful campaign for the Alaska State Legislature, experiences that she will put to good use at CCLP.



Alyssa Patterson

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Alyssa is currently in the second year of the LSE/USC Global Media and Communications joint MSc/MA. Originally from Washington D.C., Alyssa started her masters right after finishing her undergraduate degree at Yale University, where she studied comparative literature, focusing on American and German lit. While at Yale, she focused much of her energy on educational and event planning extracurriculars and she’s excited to bring some of those skills to the CCLP for the upcoming academic year.



Shelby Bolen

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Originally from Newport Beach, California, Shelby is currently completing her second year of the LSE/USC Global Media and Communications joint MSc/MA. She graduated from The New School in New York City with a BA in History and Economics, where she developed her research interests in political history and American media. She ultimately received departmental honors for her undergraduate thesis on the Marshall Plan films.



Jung-hwa (Judy) Kang

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

Jung-hwa “Judy” Kang is a public diplomat, researcher, and art exhibit curator. Judy graduated with a Master of Public Diplomacy (2018) where she was selected as a banner bearer on a commencement for the Annenberg School and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History (2014) where she was nominated as valedictorian. She received both degrees with summa cum laude from USC. She was a Cowan Scholar from 2015 to 2018. She is currently working on CCLP’s IoT Cybersecurity and Public Diplomacy Programs.


Max Hao Lu

Technology Fellow

Max is a Technology Fellow at CCLP where he works closely with director Geoffrey Cowan on issues at the intersection of technology, media, and the society. Max is also a consultant to the Executive Editor, Norman Pearlstine, at the Los Angeles Times on emerging technologies. Prior to coming to L.A., Max co-founded MannLab with Prof. Steve Mann, who is commonly known as the “Father of Wearable Computing,” to research and commercialize innovations in the field of wearable computers.


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. Over the past few months she worked on Katie Hill’s campaign and is now currently interning at the public affairs firm SKDKnickerbocker.



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 is a senior studying print and digital journalism and Middle East studies at USC. Diana has worked at CCLP since her first semester freshman year. Diana is also the Features 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, graduating this spring. She currently works as the Assistant to the Campaign Manager for the Kamala Harris presidential campaign. Previously, she interned at SCRB Strategies, California’s premier Democratic consulting firm; Edelman public relations; the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and the Kamala Harris for Senate campaign. Rachel’s involvement with CCLP began in 2016, when she covered events as a political journalist during the Republican and     Democratic National Conventions.


Zeke Reed

Adjunct T.A.

Zeke Reed is a Topanga Canyon native and a 2017 graduate from the University of Virginia with a dual degree in Political and Social Thought and Cognitive Science. Before coming to CCLP as a TA and Researcher, Zeke was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs which placed him in government, nonprofit, labor, business, news, philanthropic and campaign environments across Los Angeles. When not at USC, Zeke is working on music under the name Friends of and with his band FNTN.


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 is currently in Estonia pursuing a Fulbright Student Research grant.