Cameron Conaway

Cameron Conaway

Adjunct Professor


Cameron Conaway, adjunct professor in the Professional Communication program, is an author, former investigative journalist, and corporate communications leader whose work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, NPR, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Washington Post, World Economic Forum, Newsweek, Forbes, and The Guardian, among other publications.

With an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona and an executive MBA from the University of San Francisco, Professor Conaway brings a multi-disciplinary approach to marketing, management, and communications. In various marketing and communications roles, he has worked with brands ranging from the United Nations and Rotary International to Silicon Valley startups focused on artificial intelligence.

His international experience includes living and working in Thailand for three years, and reporting and researching from India, Burma, and Ethiopia on critical issues of social and environmental justice.

Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, Professor Conaway now lives in San Francisco.


  • Digital Storytelling
  • Corporate Communications
  • Content Marketing
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry


  • University of San Francisco, Executive MBA, 2020
  • University of Arizona, MFA in Creative Writing, 2009
  • Penn State Altoona, BA in Criminal Justice, 2007
  • Penn State Altoona, BA in English, 2007

Prior Experience

  • Poet-in-Residence, University of Arizona
  • Adjunct Professor, Penn State University
  • Director of Marketing Communications, Solace
  • Poet-in-Residence, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Executive MBA Excellence in Scholarship Award (2020)

  • Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellow, 2016

  • Grant Recipient, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2015)

  • Grant Recipient, International Reporting Project (2015)

  • Richard Russo Award for Literary Criticism (2006, 2007)

Selected Publications

  • Editorial Leadership In The Age Of Content Marketing Automation, Forbes, 2020

  • Impact Within Reach, Stanford Social Innovation Review (Summer 2016)

  • Solving Complex Social Problems Through Collaboration, Harvard Business Review (June 2015)

  • The River of Death, Newsweek (September 2015)

  • Malaria, Poems, Michigan State University Press (2014)