Kevin Yao received his BA in communication from USC Annenberg with a minor in cinematic arts in 2015. Yao began working with the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in 2014 as an undergraduate. After graduating, Yao continued his work with the initiative as a research fellow where he led a project in partnership with Google. This project examined the portrayal of characters who utilize computer science in film and television. Outside of his interest in media research, Yao is an avid Lakers and Dodgers fan.