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Lisa (Rau) Sylvester is the former Editorial Manager at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), an organization that trains diplomats and advances global public engagement and cultural relations.
At CPD, she oversees the Center's storytelling and develops digital content strategy for web, global newsletters, the CPD Blog, multimedia, graphic design, a magazine-style annual report, communication materials, digital stories and social media. She launches and supervises branded initiatives such as The Public Dipocast podcast, in-house animation and over 30 original videos produced in LA, D.C., Seoul, Brussels, Berlin and Delhi featuring diplomats, foreign relations experts, international leaders and more.
Prior to public diplomacy, she worked in documentary film, marketing, communications and journalism. At the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, she created videos and graphic design about health and wellness. As a film editor and producer, she contributed to GOOD Magazine, National Science Foundation and independent projects including a feature film. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, NBC Los Angeles and UCSF Today.
She holds an M.A. in journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she was an Annenberg Fellow and Supervising Producer for USC Impact, an award-winning documentary TV show. She holds two B.A.s summa cum laude and "Valedictorian/Hood Recipient" distinction from San Francisco State University in speech communications and English/creative writing. In the national speech & debate competition circuit, she was named "All-American" by the American Forensics Association and coached public speaking at Glendale Community College and Wilshire Academy in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
A native Spanish speaker by way of Colombia, she loves learning languages such as German, Russian and the Korean writing system.
In The News:
October 14, 2019 - Growing CPD's Digital Presence
April 3, 2018 - Behind-the-Scenes: CPD 360 in South Korea
January 19, 2018 - CPD 360: VR Storytelling Team To Travel to Korea
September 5, 2017 - USC Annenberg Alumna Joins CPD as Editor & Publications Coordinator