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Assistant Director, Research & Publications
As the Assistant Director for Research & Publications at CPD, Naomi is responsible for managing all aspects of the Center's research and publications programs. She oversees the CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy – a monograph series written by CPD staff, fellows, visiting scholars and practitioners showcasing critical thinking about the study and practice of public diplomacy. Naomi manages the CPD Blog, our PDiN (Public Diplomacy in the News) aggregation team, as well as the PDiN Monitor, a review and analysis of current public diplomacy news. She facilitates the work of the Center's non-resident research fellows and their corresponding public diplomacy research projects. Currently, Naomi serves as project manager for CPD's Water Diplomacy Initiative and International Broadcasting Research Project.
Naomi received her Master of Public Diplomacy (MPD) from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and the School of International Relations. She integrated her many interests related to public diplomacy by focusing her regional studies on Latin America and the Mediterranean along with issues pertaining to policy, security and international trade. She values the impact that individuals, as well as the new media and technology, have on public diplomacy — which she has experienced first hand by living and traveling throughout the Mediterranean and Southeast Asian regions.
Prior to her arrival at USC, Naomi worked for a retired U.S. Ambassador, served as the International and Government Relations Manager of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Washington, DC and spent a year in Tel Aviv, Israel working as a counter-terrorism research intern at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). She received her BA in International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 2005. She concentrated her studies on the Mediterranean region, international law, intercultural communications and peace and conflict resolution.
Naomi currently sits on the Los Angeles World Affairs Council Young Professionals board and the Advisory board for Dog Meets World, a photo-diplomacy project. Naomi has working knowledge of French, Hebrew and Spanish.
Recent Publications by Naomi Leight
Public Diplomacy in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The CPD Blog. December, 2013.
8 Public Diplomacy Rules for Surviving the Holidays.The CPD Blog. November, 2013.
Can an Ancient Artifact Promote Contemporary Dialogue?. The CPD Blog. October, 2013.
Zombies Solved the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The CPD Blog. July, 2013.
Comparisons and Connections. The CPD Blog. March, 2013.
Policy Brief: Water & Public Diplomacy. CPD Water Diplomacy Initiative. April, 2012.
Water Vulnerability: A Challenge for Public Diplomacy. The CPD Blog. February, 2012.
Co-Author & Report Editor. Citizen Diplomacy Organizations throughout the World: Opportunities for Cooperation. U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy's U.S. Summit Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy. Washington, D.C. November, 2010.
Naomi Leight in the News
March 28, 2011 - CPD Assistant Director, Research & Publications, Naomi Leight on a Film Diplomacy Panel, "Strangers No More: Israel, Media and the World."