Adam Clayton Powell III

Director of Washington Programs

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

Before his move to Washington in 2010, he served as USC’s Vice Provost for Globalization, working closely with faculty and deans to advance the university’s globalization initiative, expanding USC’s international presence and promoting the university throughout the world. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, both of which are housed in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Powell previously served as director of the USC Integrated Media Systems Center, the National Science Foundation’s Research Center for multimedia research. Powell has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. on training programs in digital media for journalists, educators and policymakers. Previous roles include vice president of the Freedom Forum; general manager of WHUT-TV, the nation’s first African-American-owned public television station; executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; and vice president for news and information programming at National Public Radio.

As a Senior Fellow at the CCLP, Powell focuses on trends and innovation in print, broadcast and new media, and mobile telephones as platforms for public service, including education, health care and public safety.

Contact Powell at acpowell@usc.edu or (760) 702-0283.