Geoffrey Cowan


Geoffrey Cowan is a University Professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and 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… [read more].


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.



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…[read more].



Anna Blue

2017-2018 Junior Fellow

Anna Blue, a native of Washington, DC, is the 2017-2018 Junior Fellow. She recently graduated from Stanford University with interdisciplinary honors after completing her honors thesis on religious violence in Mexico with the Stanford Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law… [read more].

Susan Goelz

Office Manager and Budget/Business Analyst

Susan Crookston Goelz is CCLP’s program assistant/office manager. She is the Center’s primary administrative staff member, responsible for budget administration, event coordination, office management and payroll administration, among other duties… [read more].



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

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Beth Carter is an MSc candidate in the USC Global Communication program. Home for Beth is DTLA by way of Salt Lake City, and her previous work includes roles in media, such as brand strategist at 72andSunny and contributing reporter and writer for The common thread in these past lives is the close study of the changing media landscape as it pertains to technology, culture, and storytelling. She hopes to study how the public and private sectors are working together to achieve social goals, women’s leadership and marketplace activism. She also worked as a narrative consultant for startups in the area.

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, especially in areas of interest like Russia, Latin America and the Middle East.


Rachel Chiu

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Rachel Chiu is a rising USC senior studying Political Science and Communication. She has interned at 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. She currently serves as the Communications Director at the Millennial Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing political apathy among young Americans.