Center for Public Relations Board Members

The Board of Advisers to the USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations (CPR) is comprised of more than 30 corporate and agency leaders from some of the world’s top companies and firms. Our advisers work with the center year-round — and meet at USC Annenberg twice annually — to help further our mission of connecting students and academics with the PR industry. The board is led by CPR Director and Golin Chairman Emeritus Fred Cook, professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg. 

Current Board Members

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Founder and CEO, JSA Strategies

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Chief Communications Officer for IBM

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Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Head of Global External Communications, Mars Wrigley

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Corporate Communications Lead, Prenuvo

Vanessa Anderson headshot

Owner and President, AM PR Group

Dan Berger

EVP Head of Communications, Amblin Partners

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Chief Communications Officer, Union Pacific; Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism

Tala Booker

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Via Group

Judy Brown

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Amgen

President, Havas Street

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Chief Communications Officer, Starbucks

Vijay Chattha

Founder and CEO, VSC

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Senior Strategist, Vectis DC

Stephanie Corzett

Head of Corporate Communications, Nordstrom

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Founder of CD Consulting

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Vice President, Global Communications, Microsoft; Adjunct Faculty

Chris Deri

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and President, C-Suite Advisory, Weber Shandwick

Cristal N. Downing

Executive Vice President, Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

Dani Dudeck

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Instacart

Founder of Feldman + Partners and The Dialogue Project

Beth Foley

Vice President of Corporate Communications and Philanthropy, Southern California Edison

Vice President, Public and Government Affairs, ExxonMobil

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Senior Counsel, Bully Pulpit Interactive

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USCIS Acting Chief of Public Affairs, Department of Homeland Security

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Vice President, Strategic Communications, Nintendo of America Inc.

Jennifer Gottlieb

Global President and Chief Client Officer, Real Chemistry

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Founder, Partner, SLATE PR

Global Chief Operating Officer, Edelman

Jon Harris

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Conagra Brands

Sona Iliffe-Moon

Chief Communications Officer, Yahoo


Founder, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group Inc.

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Chief Strategic Communications Officer, PLBY Groups; Adjunct Instructor 

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Founder and President, Nike Communications

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Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery

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Senior Vice President, Communications 

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SVP, Corporate Communications

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Brand Communcations Lead, Pinterest

Kelly McGinnis

Chief Communications Officer Levi Strauss & Co

Jamie McLaughlin

CEO and Founder, Monday Talent

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Senior Vice President and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, City Of Hope

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Head of Corporate Communications, Nestlé U.S.

Torod Neptune

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Medtronic

Senior Advisor to the President, International Communications and Marketing, USC

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Senior Director and Global Head Of Corporate Communications at Micron Technology, Inc.

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SVP, Global Communications and Corporate Affairs, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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Chief Marketing Officer, Optiv

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Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Boingo Wireless

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CEO, Day One Agency

Kristina Schake.

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Chief Executive Officer, Zeno Group

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Partner, FGS Global

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Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Social Impact, NBCUniversal

Senior Corporate Advisor, Weber Shandwick Worldwide

Founder and CEO, KTStewart; Adjunct Faculty

Senior Group Manager, Corporate and Marketing Public Relations Hyundai Motor America

Susie Tappouni

Head of Corporate Affairs, Amgen

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Global Chief Technology Officer, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

SVP Communications and Government Relations, Grubhub

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Senior Vice President Head of Global External Communications, Experian

Mya Walters

Head of Communications and Public Relations, Athleta

KeJuan Wilkins headshot

Vice President of Global Enterprise Communications, Nike

Headshot of Julia Wilson

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Wilson Global Communications LLC

Managing Director, Golin Los Angeles

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CEO, WE Communications