Title: Vice President for Communications and Public
Duties: Overseeing the institution's public relations,
outreach programs, and publications, and acting as the primary
contact for the media.
Started at TSRI: August 12, 2002.
Previous Position: Assistant Vice President, Communications
and Marketing, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Also Worked For Nonprofit Institutions Including:
The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Aspen Institute, the Center
on Budget and Policy Priorities, the National Jail Reform
Coalition, the Regional Employment and Training Consortium,
and the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors.
"I wanted to use my professional skills for social betterment
and social change."
Other Experience: Work as a newspaper reporter and
bureau chief for a daily newspaper in Middletown, New York;
writer and assistant editor for two national weekly news magazines
for children; public information specialist with the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam War.
Education: B.S., Georgetown University School of
Foreign Service; M.S., London School of Economics and Political
What Attracted Him to TSRI: The world-class science,
the interdisciplinary approach, and the challenge of applying
his skills to a different field.
Surprises So Far: "The breadth and depth of the science
here is even greater than I anticipated. In addition, there
seems to be a culture not only of professional responsibility,
but also of real friendliness and openness."
Thoughts on San Diego: "Since I last lived here 20
years ago, the demand for a richer intellectual life in San
Diego has grown tremendously. Today, the variety of cultural
activitiestheater, music, artis amazing."
Extracurriculars: Reading biography and history, especially
of the French Revolution and the American Revolution, which
he finds "fascinating epics of social change." Enjoying filmfrom
action flicks to productions from developing countriesand
listening to musicfrom chamber music to the blues. He
looks forward to riding his bike again after limited opportunities
to do so in L.A. He is a baseball fan and is working to develop
an allegiance to the Padres.
Keith McKeown was attracted to TSRI
by the institute's world-class science, its interdisciplinary
approach, and the challenge of applying his skills to a different
field. Photo by Jason S. Bardi.