Ann Searight Christiano is the founder and director of the Center for Public Interest Communications and a clinical professor in the Department of Public Relations at the UF College of Journalism and Communications. She developed the first-ever curriculum in public interest communications, connecting practitioners and scholars, and sharing research that can advance this newly emerging discipline. She completed a 10-year term as the inaugural Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications in May 2020. Before coming to UF in 2010, Ann was a senior communications officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, directing efforts for programs such as housing, education and mental health that drive health and wellbeing. She was named UF’s Teacher of the Year in 2014 and Junior Faculty International Educator of the Year in 2019. Her writing has appeared in Barron’s, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Conversation. Her work includes partnerships with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, the U.S. Department of State, several federal and state agencies, the Gates Foundation, the International Labor Organization, and nonprofits and foundations throughout the world.

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