Geoffrey Cowan serves as the Director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP). CCLP conducts research, organizes courses and fosters dialogue through programs, seminars and symposia for scholars, students, policymakers and working professionals. The Center acts as part think tank, part policy center and covers issues ranging from the role of media in a democracy to communication technology and social change to communication leadership. With support from Google, CCLP recently launched its Election Cybersecurity Initiative and the Voter Communication Task Force. In association with USC’s schools of business, engineering, law and public policy and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, this bipartisan initiative provides in-state training in all 50 states to reinforce election integrity and build defense against digital attacks.
Other current projects include: Digital Inclusion; Democracy, Cybersecurity, and Emergency Response; Politics, Power, and the Press; Public Diplomacy; the Future of News; and Women and Communication Leadership Initiative.
The Center boasts an impressive list of Senior Fellows, found here, and Advisory Board members, found here. The fellows and board members represent all fields; they are former political officials, non-profit leaders, journalists, media executives, and academics.
CCLP has a long history of sponsoring and participating in civic discourse. The Center, and Director Geoffrey Cowan, have been dedicated leaders in shaping political commentary and American civic discourse since its founding in 2007. Check out the Center’s website or fall 2020 newsletter for an update on CCLP’s recent work.