Ann Christiano is working to build the field of social change communications by establishing a curriculum, connecting those already working in the field, and uncovering scholarship that can drive more effective communication and sharing it with practitioners. Christiano joined the University of Florida to create and build its public interest communication program after directing communications for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations portfolio. The field of public interest communication is dedicated to using strategic communications to drive change, working in such areas as health, human rights, environment and poverty.
She curates the frank gathering, which brings together more than 300 public interest communicators from across the globe each February to connect and share the best of what they know.
Ann holds the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications, which was created to honor the extraordinary leadership and vision of the man who laid the groundwork for public interest communications as a profession and had a unique understanding of its relevance to driving change.