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

Photo of Jonathan Adashek

Chief Communications Officer for IBM

Jessica Adelman headshot

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

Photo of Christine Alabastro

Executive Communications, DoorDash

Vanessa Anderson headshot

Owner and President, AM PR Group

Clarissa Beyah headshot

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

Judy Brown

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Amgen

President, Havas Street

Dominic Carr headshot

Vice President, Communications, Lyft Inc.

Photo of Janet Clayton

Senior Strategist, Vectis DC

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Head of Corporate Communications, Nordstrom

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Founder of CD Consulting

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General Manager, Communications, Microsoft

Chris Deri

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

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 Affarins, 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.

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Founder, Partner, SLATE PR

Global Chief Operating Officer, Edelman


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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Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery

Chris Kuechenmeister headshot

Senior Vice President, Communications 

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SVP, Corporate Communications

Photo of Elizabeth Luke

Brand Communcations Lead, Pinterest

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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.

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Medtronic

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

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Retired Executive Chairman, Weber Shandwick

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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.

Portrait image of Heather Rim

Chief Marketing Officer, Optiv

Melissa Robinson headshot

Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Boingo Wireless

Photo of Josh Rosenberg

CEO, Day One Agency

Kristina Schake.

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

Photo of Barby Siegel

Chief Executive Officer, Zeno Group

Sipkins headshot.

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

Grant Toups headshot

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

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

Photo of Melissa Waggener Zorkin

CEO, WE Communications