STAFF

CASSANDRA CAMPBELL

Cassandra Campbell is the Executive Director of Progress Humanity (501c.3 non-profit) and a seasoned media consultant. Cassandra has spent 15 years as a market executive and media consultant serving a variety of clients in the entertainment industry, Silicon Valley and foreign policy. As a media consultant, Cassandra worked with several Grammy winners as well as TV and film actors. Prior to her work in media she helped shape marketing campaigns for several technology companies in Silicon Valley, including the campaign launch Microsoft CRM 3.0. Besides media and marketing,

Cassandra also works in foreign policy conflict and crisis communications. Cassandra has worked in and traveled to over 30 countries including a study abroad in Bonn, Germany. She has a bachelor of Political Science degree from San Francisco State and a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. While studying for her MPA, she also completed several international public policy special studies at UCLA on subjects including: Iran and Nuclear Proliferation, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Cyber Security/Cyber Warfare, Egypt and the Arab Spring.

CHAD BARDON

Chad has produced various genres of programming featuring film festivals, red carpet events, movie premiers, spring breaks, Easy Rider Events, concerts, DJ music features, band interviews and action sports. He specializes in television & New Media, new business marketing, partnership development, talent outreach & celebrity booking Chad has also shared his skills as a broadcast media specialist to others as an instructor at “The Ohio Center for Broadcasting” training institute. He has relationships with all the major television networks and film production companies. He has produced/directed celebrity shows working with the likes of Dave Navarro, Gene Simmons & Chelsea Handler as well as produced/directed reality TV shows that have appeared on Fox Sports Net and PBS stations. Documentary filmmaking has been a passion and a goal for Chad for a several years now. He feels that his work as a director for several reality television series as well as producing late night talk shows have prepared him for this progression in his career. Chad is currently producing/directing a documentary film about homeless Veterans living in the US called “Learning to Bring Them Home.”

REBECKA JANSSON

Rebecka Jansson is the European Regional Manager for Progress Humanity. Rebecka resides in Sweden and travels to the United States frequently. Rebecka worked as a publicist in Los Angeles, California for several years with major recording artists before she discovered her love for foreign policy and homeland security. Upon her return to Sweden from the United States, Rebecka became a CBRN specialist and joined the Swedish Reserve Military. Rebecka now manages Progress Humanity’s promotions in Europe including artist and public relations as well as event management.​

KATHRIN SEILER

Kathrin has several years of experience working in Marketing Strategy & Communication in the private sector and has worked in Public Diplomacy & Communication at the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. While in Washington D.C., she has dedicated her time to the topics of Human Rights and Women Empowerment and created several international awareness campaigns. With her experience, she has built a valuable skill set in International Collaboration, Public Relations, Communication and Management and supports Progress Humanity’s mission through international event and project management. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business and Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago MBA Program and the University of Southern California. 

PETER JAMES HICKMAN FELLOWSHIP

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

Peter James Hickman was a notably talented and broadly experienced American public relations professional, and a firm advocate of the soft power of cultural diplomacy.  For over three decades, he served the United States Government with distinction, for both the federal civil and foreign services. 

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1931, Mr. Hickman was raised by his aunt after his parents died while in his early teens.  He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in English and joined the Navy during the Korean War, where he served as a journalist aboard the battleship USS Iowa.  He wrote several articles for the ship’s newspaper and edited the Iowa’s yearbook, documenting sailors’ life at sea during combat between 1951 and 1952. 

 

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Hickman joined the United States Information Agency (USIA) in 1958 as a public information officer.  In this capacity, he served U.S. diplomatic missions in Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Panama, and twice in Vietnam.  As a personable “face” of the United States government, Mr. Hickman’s ability to speak French, Japanese, and Spanish fluently were a critical tool, aiding him with the very important task of enjoining these societies to work and partner with the United States.  (His Vietnamese was not half bad either.) CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

JAMES VITUSCKA

James Vituscka is a non-resident Fellow for Progress Humanity. Besides being an expert in entertainment media, James has a passion for international relations and teaching others. He has worked as a senior entertainment news reporter and celebrity journalist for over 15 years covering all the biggest “A” list stories from the newsroom to the hottest, most popular red carpet events–The Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, popular movie releases and more. James has reported on and off camera for many major American entertainment media outlets including TMZ, RadarOnline, OK! Magazine, US Weekly, Entertainment Tonight/The Insider and Hollyscoop. James has a Graduate degree from Syracuse University in Digital Communications with plans to begin his PH.D. this year.