Phoebe Schramm serves as chief operations and financial officer for the Center. She is in charge of all administrative functions and day-to-day operations of the Center. In addition, she is responsible for the coordination of the international partners in the World Internet Project.
Schramm has an extensive background in management of public relations and independent film production companies as well as private foundations. After earning a B.A. in sociology from New York University, she began her career at The Rowland Company in New York. At Rowland, the fourth largest independent public relations firm in the U.S., she worked closely with major clients, such as Chesebrough-Pond’s, Procter & Gamble, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Eastman Kodak.
Schramm served as project manager for the Center’s “Internet and the Military Family” project, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, from 2005-2007. She also was conference coordinator for the “Religion and Prime Time Television” conference, the “Advocacy Groups and the Entertainment Industry” conference, and the “Online Communities Retreat.”
Michael Suman serves as the research director of the Center for the Digital Future, where he manages and coordinates the “Surveying the Digital Future” Internet study and the World Internet Project. Suman is also a member of the UCLA faculty in the Department of Communication Studies.
Suman holds a Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA, and has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies in Japan, Korea, China and the Marshall Islands.
Liuning (Matt) Zhou
Matt Zhou holds a Ph.D. in communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. As project manager, Zhou manages data and conducts data analysis for all of the Center’s studies and reports.
Zhou’s research focuses on international telecommunications, communication technologies, communications policy, and new media for marketing, and he has presented and published research on those topics. Zhou has a deep understanding of research methodology, and teaches research methods and data analytics classes in the Communication Management program at the USC Annenberg School.