Name: Phil Javellana
Graduation Year: 2009
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Recent Accomplishments: I'm building a communications platform that will empower global leaders in the private and public sectors to collaborate on solving some of the world's most challenging social and environmental challenges.
Favorite thing about USC Annenberg: The cohort of people in my Global Communications program. I was really lucky to have met such an amazingly talented group of people, many of whom I remain close with to this day. Another great thing about Annenberg is how free you are to explore your intellectual interests. I was keenly interest in networks and online communities and I have wonderful professors, particularly in Manuel Castells and Janet Fulk, who helped expand my thinking. I'm happy to say that I'm still applying the lessons I learned in their classes in my current role.
Favorite thing about Los Angeles: For a city that is panned for being shallow, the irony is that its real beauty lies below the surface, behind the facades you see from the street. Everything you want in a cosmopolitan city is there, but it doesn't just give its treasures to you--you have to go out and find them yourself, and those who do are rewarded handsomely.