Kristy Plaza is the Manager of Communications and Media at the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future. She manages all communications and outreach for the Center and Unruh Institute, as well as their digital image and messaging to the USC community. Kristy helps maintain the day-to-day operations at the Center and the Unruh Institute, as well as supervising the accounts/budget of the Center and Unruh Institute.
As the Manager of Communications and Media, Kristy produces marketing content across numerous digital platform, including social media, website, and the weekly newsletter, for all Center and Unruh events and programming. She developed public relation strategies to share the Center's message and expose their services to the USC community and the larger Los Angeles community. Furthermore, she developed and executed multiple video series across Center digital platforms to promote their work to the USC community.
Kristy graduated from USC in 2016 with degrees in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and Political Science. She spent most of her undergraduate career balancing her journalism reporting on social issues and politics and learning about state policy and law. Kristy's goal is to develop large scale digital marketing campaigns so the Center and Unruh can reach larger audiences across the greater Los Angeles area and California. To this end, Kristy is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in Strategic Public Relations.
Kristy was also a 2016 Journalism Reporting Fellow for theThe Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (CMCJ). Through the fellowship program, sponsored by The Tow Foundation, Kristy is using solution-based reporting and investigative journalism to report on juvenile justice during the election year. Her focus is on the Los Angeles County’s Task Force combating child sex trafficking and the resources they provide victims.