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.
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.
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.
Robyn Sundlee earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University where she received a Masters of Public Affairs, focusing on international diplomacy. On behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard, she conducted interviews throughout Alaska on mitigating the impact of Arctic ice melt on Indigenous communities. Following graduation, she applied network science solutions to public affairs issues for National Journal in Washington, D.C., and came to CCLP after managing a successful campaign for the Alaska State Legislature.
Remaya is the newest Research Fellow at CCLP, returning to USC after completing her Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago, NZ. Her professional and academic backgrounds combine law, history, diplomacy, conflict resolution, international & national security, and counter-terrorism, and she hopes to build a career in Washington, DC creating inclusive solutions to the nation’s most confounding domestic security challenges. She is the founder of the Accord Foundation, a new peace education technology non-profit developing interactive and immersive global education curricula, and is a recipient of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellowship in Government Service, the Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship, and is a USC Trustee Scholar.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.