Lance Ignon is a mission-driven strategic communication professional with a background in corporate, academic and not-for-profit communication with a special emphasis on climate change.
He currently serves as senior associate dean of communication for the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His work at USC includes facilitating a study examining the comprehensibility of terms commonly used in IPCC reports, organizing climate change conferences and overseeing editorial projects about climate change.
Prior to joining USC in May 2017, Lance served as founder and managing director of Citizen Public Relations, where he specialized in health care and environmental issues. His clients included the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the Energy Foundation, the ClimateWorks Foundation, Code REDD+, the Risky Business Project, Impossible Foods and several leading academic hospitals.
He began his career as a journalist, working as a finance editor and reporter for Investor’s Business Daily, a part-time business reporter for The Los Angeles Times, a foreign correspondent for The Economist Group and as the founding editor of an award-winning business newspaper, The Business Press. Lance earned his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Irvine, and his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.