Allison Agsten is the inaugural director of USC Annenberg’s Center for Climate Journalism and Communication. In her role, she conceptualizes programs, develops partnerships, and collaborates with faculty and students to shift public perception and response to climate change. Previously, she has worked in journalism, communications, and public engagement capacities including as a producer at CNN, Director of Communications at LACMA, and Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum.
In addition to her appointment at the Annenberg School, Agsten serves as the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies’ first curator. In that position, she organizes exhibitions and other arts programs that focus on climate change.
Agsten holds a BA from UCLA and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.