Kerry Velez is the social media coordinator for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and a freelance producer.
In the fall of 2018, she graduated from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism with a Master of Public Diplomacy (MPD). Throughout her Master's education Kerry focused her research on post-conflict nation state development, nation brands and digital diplomacy. For her final practicum, she organized a conference on how and if post-conflict countries can rebuild their identity: "Reconstructing National Identity Post-Conflict." In addition to taking courses Kerry spent her time as public diplomacy graduate fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and as a graduate intern at Annenberg Executive Education, specifically working on the World Bank-Annenberg Summer Institute in Reform Communication, Leadership, Strategy and Stakeholder Alignment.
Prior to her time at USC, Kerry began her career working in television on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, and American Idol. She then moved to a public relations role promoting start-up technology companies. Finally, Kerry spent 3+ years producing communication plans, events/conferences, advertisements and digital campaigns for the brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide.
Kerry has a Bachelor's in Science of Communication Studies from Emerson College and when she’s not learning or working, you can find Kerry reading about Bosnian War negotiations, teaching herself Indonesian or hiking.
In The News:
Aug. 30, 2017 - Announcing Our Newest CPD Student Fellow