Geoffrey Cowan, Professor, University of Southern California & President of The Annenberg Foundation Trust

Geoffrey Cowan, the President of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands (which hosted the recent summit between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping), is also a University Professor at the University of Southern California and dean emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the school’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Prior to his appointment as dean of the Annenberg School in 1996, he was the director of the Voice of America under President Clinton. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Professor Cowan is an Emmy Award winning producer (Mark Twain and Me) and bestselling author (The People v. Clarence Darrow). During the past two years his play, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers (written with the late Leroy Aarons) has twice toured China with funding from the State Department. In addition to serving on the board of The Pacific Council on International Policy, he is on the board of Common Sense Media and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Walter Lippmann Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.  He is married to Aileen Adams and they have two children, Gabriel Cowan and Mandy Wolf.