CPD Student Fellow, Candidate, USC Master of Public Diplomacy
Kerry Velez is a USC Public Diplomacy Masters Candidate, the 2017 CPD Student Fellow and a Freelance Producer.
She was drawn to the field of international communications and the intricacies of smart power following a 2012 internship with the Department of State’s Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Australia and through classes focusing on Public Diplomacy and Conflict Negotiation. In the winter of 2012, she graduated with a Bachelors in Science of Communication Studies from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Kerry began her career in 2013 working in Los Angeles on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, and American Idol. She then moved back East to start a public relations role focused on promoting technology companies in Boston. Most recently, Kerry spent 3 years in production working for the brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide in New York City. There she worked with an extraordinary team of creatives, strategists and account managers to develop and execute events, communication and advertising campaigns and digital platforms.
When she’s not learning or working you can find Kerry reading about Bosnian War negotiations, tracking the Kennedys, or dancing in a Zumba class.