Iceland Global Diplomacy 2011

Gregory Payne - Executive Director

J. Gregory Payne is an Associate Professor and former chair of Emerson College's Department of Communication Studies. He is Director of the Center for Ethics in Political and Health Communication, which he co-founded in 1996. He is on the Advisory board of the Journal of Health CommunicationMedia EthicsCommunication Quarterly and Journal of Promotion Management, among others. He is on the Partnership Board for Anthrax Vaccine Education and has been the invited editor for American Behavioral Scientist’s special edition on the U.S. presidential campaign for every election since 1988. He is President of the International Academy of Business Disciplines, past chair of the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association, U.S. representative of the Global Public Relations Project, Board member for UNICEF New England, member of Eastern Communication AssociationEuropean Communication Associations, and International Communication Association, among others. 

Dr. Payne is a strong advocate of grass-roots communications campaigns and public diplomacy. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ada Renedo - Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director 


Ada Renedo comes from the mediterranean city of Barcelona. She holds a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations by Universitat Ramon Llull in Spain and a Master of Arts in Communication Management by Emerson College in Boston.  

Ada is a creative strategist with international experience. She has collaborated in projects and presented her work regarding crisis management, branding and cross-cultural communication in the U.S., Colombia, Spain, Mexico,  Iceland, etc. She is a firm believer of Public Diplomacy and the key role that communication plays in the  global village in which we live nowadays. 

Because of her outstanding and creative contribution to communication, Ada has been awarded the 2011 Helen Rose Award for Ethics in Communication by Emerson College.

Pete Hall - Media Coordinator

With a B.A. in Television/Media Production and M.A. in Communication Management from Emerson College, Pete’s main area of focus is Media and its relationship to the effects of Communication.  With a background in various TV, Film, and Video productions, Pete initially wanted to work in Reality TV or Sports Television, But after working in Los Angeles, CA and Boston, MA on various productions, he realized that returning to Graduate School and studying Communication Management would benefit him in gaining a complex understanding of how people and publics merge both media and communication.

His specific interests lie in how media can be used to deliver a message; whether it be for politics, public affairs, narrative story telling, or documentary coverage of an event, Pete enjoys seeing how various visual mediums can tell stories and how messages can be controlled to achieve an effective means to an end goal.

Claude Bartholomew


Claude Bartholomew is the Administrative Associate of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Emerson College. He holds a B.S. in Psychology and Gender Studies from St. Lawrence University and is about to finish a M.A. in Communication Management at Emerson College. Claude is currently finishing his thesis on corporate social responsibility communication and decision-making.

Andrew Cassidy


Andrew Cassidy  has an unrivaled passion for the communicative arts. He recently graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies from Emerson College, where he took a keen interest in political communication as well as leadership & management.  With his degree in hand, he now seeks to fuse his strong communication background and his love for technology into one cohesive recipe for success.  Andrew currently works as a communication consultant in the Miami area, and plans to attend graduate school next year.

Ying Wang

Ying was born in Houston, Texas, but soon traded in her cowboy boots for a colder and more fast-paced life in Boston, Massachusetts. As a kid growing up in the metropolitan center of the universe, Ying was exposed to the world of marketing at an early age. She is fascinated by the immense influence marketing has on people´s lives and is currently studying Marketing Communications as an undergraduate at Emerson College.

More recently, she´s become interested in how marketing and public relations can be used to address important global social issues. While in high school, she became involved with STAND (the student led division of the Genocide Intervention Network) and helped create a benefit concert and t-shirt campaign that raised awareness about the genocide occurring in Darfur, Sudan. Other cool things she´s done include teaching English at the University of Hunan in China and interning for the public affairs department of the U.S. Army.

She is interested in learning more about public diplomacy and the different trends and challenges that face multicultural communication today.

Daniel Tick


Daniel is a senior at Emerson College studying political communication and political science. Last summer, Daniel traveled with Emerson students to Barcelona, Spain where he participated in the 5th International Congress on Research in Public Relations. Daniel aspires to build his career in government and politics, working to shape public policy. He has interned on Capitol Hill, with the office of Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-21), and at the White House. After completing his undergraduate education, Daniel is considering graduate programs in public policy or economics, and is particularly interested in economic, health and education policy.

Binsen Gonzalez - Photography Coordinator

Binsen J. Gonzalez '11 is a communication studies major. A Miami resident born in Nicaragua, he has encountered many political and social systems and is fascinated by the convergence of art and technology. Founder of PORTAL, a journal focused on examining issues that are pertinent to the local and global community, he has completed social service experiences with AmeriCorps, International Aid, and local service groups.

Christine Honeyset


Christina Honeysett is a graduating senior at Emerson College, majoring in Communication Studies. Originally from New Rochelle, NY, Christina’s interest in the arts and travel began at an early age. She is currently the VP of Emerson’s Record Label, Wax on Felt, and her academic interests include communication studies, sociology, philosophy, and the arts. Spring semester 2010, she attended Queen Mary University of London, and will be returning to London to intern this summer. Christina hopes to pursue a career in International PR or Public Diplomacy, as she is mindful of the crucial role communication plays in global affairs, as well as our daily lives.

Heather Corazzini


Heather Corazzini is from the historical town of Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a Junior at Emerson College, studying Communication with a concentration in Leadership & Management, while pursuing a minor in Psychology. Heather plans to attend law school in the fall of 2012, in hopes to apply her background of communication into family legal matters. Her academic interests include crisis communication, ADR, and facilitated discussions on public affairs. She hopes to learn more about public diplomacy while in Iceland.