Claudia Bustamante is a communications manager with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where she oversees the internal and external communications needs of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) and the newly launched Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC. She originally joined the University of Southern California in 2013, focused on promoting the school’s general military social work offerings, including developing stories about CIR, new research, donors, faculty, and notable students and alumni.
Prior to this, she was director of communications for UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and UC/ACCORD All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity, where she promoted both research centers’ work and expertise through original content, media outreach, maintaining websites and social media. Bustamante has also worked as a journalist, including covering human interest issues in Cape Town, South Africa, and k-12 education for the Riverside Press-Enterprise. She is a member of organizations that promote college access, equity and diversity, like Chicano Organizing & Research in Education, CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California and Latina Golfers Association. Bustamante received her master’s in journalism from USC and a bachelor’s in communications and classics from UCLA.