Faculty Advisory Board
The faculty advisory board provides input to the Center’s leadership team in the strategic direction of the center, and guides the activities of the Center. The faculty advisory board is composed of faculty that represent various thematic areas, disciplinary orientations, and all relevant USC schools/colleges. The faculty advisory board meets once a semester.
Paul Adler is currently Harold Quinton Chair of Business Policy, and Professor of Management and Organization, Sociology, and Environmental Studies, at the University of Southern California. He began his education in Australia, and then moved to France. While working towards his PhD there, he worked as a research economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, a visiting Assistant Professor at Barnard College, a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School, and an Assistant Professor at Stanford’s School of Engineering. He has published widely in academic journals, edited several books, most recently The Firm as a Collaborative Community: Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy (2006), The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations (2009), The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents (2014), and co- authored Healing Together: The Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente (2009). His book An Economy of the 99 Percent: How Democratic Socialism Can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism will appear in October 2019.
Jody D. ArmourLaw
Ed AvolEnvironmental Health
Ed Avol is Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine and Director of the Environmental Health Division in the USC Department of Preventive Medicine. His research has focused on understanding short and long-term effects of air pollution on humans and on documenting human exposure. He has been a key investigator in multiple health and exposure research studies and has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He currently serves as Director of both the National Institutes of Health Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and of the Spatial Exposure and Analytics Core (SEAC) within the center. He has served on United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) expert panel reviews for PM, NOx, SOx, and ozone to help review and recommend National Ambient Air Quality Standards, in addition to numerous other advisory committees for a variety of agencies and institutions. He is active in community outreach and education, particularly with regard to children’s health and the health and air quality impacts of Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport-related cargo goods movement. He directs and teaches in the undergraduate Environmental Health Track through the USC Health Promotion Program, and was awarded the 2017 Constance Mehlman Award from the International Society for Exposure Science, for his career work in applying exposure science to improving policy for public health.
George Ban-WeissCivil and Environmental Engineering
George Ban-Weiss is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at USC, and the Pasquale and Adelina Arpea Early Career Chair. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at University of California, Berkeley. After graduate school he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Carnegie Institution, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford. Prior to joining USC in 2013, George was a scientist in the Heat Island Group and Climate Science Department at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. George’s research uses numerical models and field observations in concert to investigate air pollution, climate, and land cover change, ranging from neighborhood to global scale. He has over 40 publications in the peer-review literature, funded in part by National Science Foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, and USC’s Visions and Voices. His research has informed public policy in California and been highlighted by Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, New York Times, and Huffington Post, among others. George was named by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s 35 top innovators under the age of 35 (TR35), and was part of the development team that won an R&D100 award. George also received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Global Environmental Change Early Career Award, both in 2018.
Hilda BlancoUrban Planning
Dr. Hilda Blanco holds a Master (1984) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She held tenured appointments at Hunter College, Dept. of Urban Affairs (1988-96); and the University of Washington (1996-2009), where she chaired the Dept. of Urban Design and Planning (2000-2007), and is currently an Emeritus Professor. From 2010-2016, she was a research professor and Interim Director of the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California, and is currently the Project Director of the Center for Sustainable Cities. Her research areas include sustainable and livable cities, urban growth management, cities and climate change, water policy, and renewable energy policy.
Marlon BoarnetUrban Planning
Paula CannonMolecular Microbiology
Joon-Ho ChoiBuilding Science
Felipe de BarrosCivil and Environmental Engineering
Jorge de la RocaReal Estate
Jorge de la Roca is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public of Policy and Research Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. His research interests include urban economics, labor economics and economic geography. His research focuses on understanding the benefits of working in big cities and studying urban migration across cities of different sizes, where he has published articles in the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Urban Economics. He has also studied the consequences of racial segregation on minorities in the United States, co-authoring articles on the subject in Regional Science and Urban Economics and Journal of Housing Economics. He has also published on wage cyclicality in SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association.
Dr. de la Roca earned his doctorate and master’s in Economics at CEMFI in Spain and his Bachelor Degree at Universidad del Pacífico in Peru. Before joining the Price School, he was a research fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. He has also worked at Harvard University’s Center for International Development, the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Group for the Analysis of Development in Lima, Peru. He has recently received international recognition for his research and was awarded the prestigious August-Lösch prize in regional science.
Julien Emile-GeayEarth Sciences
Julien Emile-Geay is a climate scientist, working as an associate professor in the Earth Science department of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. His main scholarship is in mathematical paleoclimatology, leveraging records of past climates to shed light on climate system behavior on human-relevant timescales (years to centuries).
He is particularly interested in the role of the tropics in climate, and in constraining how much of climate variations arise from within, or are being triggered by external factors, natural or human. This has led him to develop various mathematical models (both stochastic and deterministic) of the climate system and its various components.
On the teaching front, Professor Emile-Geay is passionate about educating people of all levels of scientific literacy to the reality of man-made global warming, using knowledge to empower individuals to generate positive change. Recently, he has started to design curricula to inoculate students against scientific denial and misinformation.
On the outreach front, Professor Emile-Geay explores the role of free-market capitalism (as an economic paradigm and cultural force) in the current climate crisis, as well as cognitive underpinnings of the current political deadlock on climate action.
Iraj ErshaghiChemical Engineering
Jonathan EyerPublic Policy
Jonathan Eyer is a Research Assistant Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center on Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). Dr. Eyer’s research interests include energy and environmental economics, natural disasters, and climate change. His research focuses on how individual and firm responses to environmental shocks can ameliorate or exacerbate future exposure. He has also studied how political efforts to preserve manufacturing jobs will affect climate change and the environment. Before joining the Price School faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).
Christian GrosePolitical Science
Christian Grose is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy in the USC Price School of Public Policy. He served as the Director of the Political Science and International Relations Ph.D. program in USC Dornsife College from 2015-18.
Christian’s research interests include American politics and policy; political institutions; political representation; the politics of the policy-making process. His research often uses field and survey experimental techniques to answer questions about public policy, political institutions, and elite behavior. He is also an expert in political reform in California, including the top-two primary and the independent redistricting commission. New research examines how environmental policy diffuses and spreads from legislators in one state to other states.
Christian is the author of the award-winning Congress in Black and White: Race and Representation in Washington and at Home(Cambridge University Press). In addition, he has published articles in scholarly journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Annual Review of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. One of his most recent journal articles “Doubling Down: Inequality in Responsiveness and the Policy Preferences of Elected Officials,” examines legislator responsiveness bias toward Latino constituents and was published in Legislative Studies Quarterly (co-authored with USC Ph.D. Matthew S. Mendez).
Christian received a best book award from the American Political Science Association’s Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section; and a CQ Press award for the best paper on legislative studies presented at the American Political Science Association meeting. He is also a previous recipient of the Carl Albert award for the best dissertation in legislative politics from the American Political Science Association.
Sofia GruskinGlobal Health
Sofia Gruskin directs the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and founded its Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the University of Southern California. She holds an appointment as professor of preventive medicine and serves as chief of the Policy and Global Health division at the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Preventive Medicine. In addition, she is a professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law, affiliate faculty member with the Spatial Sciences Institute, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, serves on the USC Academic Senate Executive Board and co-chairs the USC Senate Sustainability Committee. She leads the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration alongside professors Alexander Capron and Charlie Kaplan from USC Gould School of Law and USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, respectively. Gruskin’s work, which ranges from global policy to the grassroots level, has been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological and empirical links between health outcomes, inequality and human rights, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease and health systems. Her current partners include the United Nations Development Programme, World Health Organization, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Open Society Foundations and local organizations and universities in Brazil, India, Malaysia, South Africa, and Vietnam.
Eric HeikkilaUrban Planning
Shon Hiatt is an assistant professor of business administration at USC Marshall School of Business and faculty affiliate of the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. An expert in the agribusiness and energy sectors, he explores issues related to entrepreneurship, strategy, and business sustainability in domestic and international contexts. Professor Hiatt’s research has been published in scholarly journals and featured in media outlets. He is the recipient of numerous scholarly and teaching honors, including the 2015 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, the 2016 Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment Emerging Scholar Award, the 2018 Golden Apple MBA Teaching Award, and the 2018 ARCS Emerging Sustainability Scholar Award. Prior to joining USC, Professor Hiatt was on the faculty at Harvard Business School
Jill JohnstonEnvironmental Health
Jeremy KaganCinematic Arts
Gabriel Kahn is a professor of professional practice at the Annenberg School for Journalism. He frequently writes about the intersection of economics and the environment, and reports on how policymakers use financial incentive structures to achieve environmental goals. Before joining USC, Kahn worked at The Wall Street Journal, where he served as Los Angeles bureau chief, Southern Europe deputy bureau chief and Hong Kong deputy bureau chief.
Kyle KonisBuilding Science
Professor Kyle Konis, Ph.D, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California with a background in professional practice and building science research. Dr. Konis’ research is centered on improving the feedback loop between design intent and the performance of buildings in use, with an emphasis on supporting evidence-based design practices and on examining the impacts of the indoor environment on occupant comfort, health and well-being. Dr. Konis’ interdisciplinary research has been sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the California Energy Commission, and the National Investment Center. Dr. Konis’ research outcomes have been published in a number of prominent journals including Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Solar Energy, and Intelligent Buildings International, and he has recently completed a book (co-authored by Stephen Selkowitz) published by Springer entitled, Effective Daylighting with High-Performance Facades, Emerging Design Practices. Dr. Konis’ teaching has been recognized by national awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Council of Architectural Registraiton Boards, and the Building Technology Educator’s Society. He is a member of the IESNA Daylighting Metrics Committee and serves on the USC Sustainability Steering Committee, the USC Senate Sustainability Committee, and the Advisory Board of the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.
Bhaskar KrishanamachariComputer Science
Suzanne LacyArts and Design
William LeachPublic Administration
Dr. William Leach studies collaborative approaches to environmental policymaking and implementation. His research appears in the top journals in public administration, political science, and environmental management. Dr. Leach has directed over $1 million of research sponsored by the National Science Foundation, U.S. EPA, and private philanthropies, and has provided scientific and policy advice to federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Government Accountability Office, National Research Council, and the California Resources Agency. He has taught in the Price School’s Public Administration program since 2013, and previously served as Research Director for the Center for Collaborative Policy at California State University, Sacramento, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. He earned a PhD in ecology (environmental policy) from UC Davis, a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in conservation and resource studies from UC Berkeley.
Joshua Lewis GoldsteinHistory
Rebecca Lonergan is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with highest honors. She received her JD from the UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987. She worked briefly as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles and then as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section, before going to work at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles in 1991. She was the deputy chief of the USAO’s Public Corruption section in 2001-2004 and 2006-2007. She has also worked as a pro tem judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
She is currently a Professor of Lawyering Skills and the President Elect of USC’s Academic Senate. She has extensive experience in faculty governance, including having served on USC’s Sustainability Steering Committee and the Academic Senate’s Sustainability Committee.
Lonergan currently teaches National Security Law, Legal Writing, Advanced Moot Court Brief Writing, and Advanced Moot Court Advocacy at the Gould School of Law.
Yan LiuComputer Science
Azad MadniAeronautical Engineering
Esther MarguliesLandscape Architecture
Dan MazmanianPublic Policy
Daniel Mazmanian is a Professor of Public Policy in the Price School. A political scientist by training, Mazmanian has focused on issues of environmental protection, related issues of the greening of industry, with a particular focus today on climate change and energy policy in CA and around the globe. In 2009-2010 he served as executive director California Adaptation Advisory Panel to the State of California, which resulted in the report to Governor Schwarzenegger: “Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change – A Strategy for CA.” Over a decade ago he began extending my focus to China’s environmental challenges and how best to manage them. This began formally in 2005-06 when he spent two years on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) advisory panel on environmental governance where we recommended the establishment of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. More recently, in 2013-15, he participated on a team assessing the performance of the Chinese Ministry of Environment, making recommendations on improving its capacity to protect the environment and innovative strategies for doing so, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank. In 2015-16 he served as part of a research team appointed again by CCICED to a Task Force on National Governance Capacity for Green Transformation of China. He served as Dean of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Michigan from 1996-2000 before coming to USC as the founding Dean of the Price School, from 2000-2005.
Paulina Oliva, economics associate professor, studies effects of air pollution on health, particularly among low- and middle-income populations. Her research shows that high levels of air pollution can be especially lethal to vulnerable populations in low and middle- income countries such as Mexico and China. Her current research is taking a closer look at socioeconomic characteristics – education, access to healthcare, initial health status – to determine why these populations are more susceptible to the effects of air pollution. Professor Oliva joined the USC faculty this spring following an appointment as an associate professor at UCI and an assistant professor appointment at UC Santa Barbara. Her areas of expertise include environmental economics, development economics and labor economics. Her work – which has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, and The Economic Journal – aims to address the effectiveness of public policy at improving environmental outcomes and how low-income populations can benefit from these policies. She earned her bachelor’s with high honors at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, México D.F. and her doctorate at UC Berkeley. Her work has been funded by UC Mexus, the International Growth Centre (London School of Economics), University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics, the Weiss Family Fund, and the CDKN Innovation Fund. Professor Oliva is an associate editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics and of the editorial council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. She is also a voted member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Professor Oliva is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate at the Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development.
Lawrence PalinkasSocial Work
Lawrence Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Chair of the Department of Children, Youth and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He also holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC.
A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise lie within health services research, preventive medicine, and cross-cultural medicine. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in behavioral health, global health and health disparities, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion. His research has included studies of psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments and manmade disasters; mental health needs of older adults; cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization; HIV and substance abuse prevention in Mexico; evaluation of academic-community research practice partnerships; and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services to children, adolescents and underserved populations. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Current research encompasses implementation of child and adolescent mental health services, sustainment of prevention programs and initiatives and effects of climate change on vulnerable populations. He also provides expertise to students and colleagues in the use of qualitative and mixed research methods.
Among his scholarly achievements are the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy in 1989; deputy chief officer of the Life Sciences Standing Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in 2002; chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s External Advisory Council in 2003; co-lead of the Social Work Grand Challenge on Strengthening Social Responses to Environmental Change; and membership on committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Palinkas is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work, a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology, and the author of more than 380 publications
Don PaulEnergy Institute
Michelle PovinelliElectrical Engineering
Alexander A. RobinsonLandscape Architecture and Urbanism
Alexander Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the USC Landscape Architecture & Urbanism program, an Affiliate of both the Spatial Sciences Institute and Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, and principal of the Office of Outdoor Research in Los Angeles, California. A landscape architect, researcher, and scholar he is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a lifelong explorer of California. His research advances the design craft, resilience, and societal value of large-scale, multifunctional infrastructures through a synthesis of historical analysis, advanced design tools, and public engagement. Subjects include Owens Lake, Los Angeles River, Salton Sea, and Tevere (Tiber) River, as well as other infrastructure/open-space hybrids. Prior to his academic appointment, Alexander worked at SWA Group, MLA-Studio, and Stoss and contributed to major regional infrastructure master plans, including the award-winning 2005 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that has guided the city for the last decade. His own practice, the Office of Outdoor Research won a 2018 ASLA (Southern California Chapter) Merit Award for the RebArena.
Darren RuddellSpatial Sciences
Darren M. Ruddell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Spatial Sciences in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
The overarching focus of Ruddell’s research is climate and society, an expanding area in global change studies, which incorporates socio-ecological interactions across multiple scales of analysis. Ruddell is particularly interested in the dynamic relationship between human development and the modification of native landscapes which are altering physical processes, as witnessed in rising global temperatures and urban heat islands (UHI), and the subsequent impacts that changing environmental systems pose on human health, well-being, and urban sustainability. While a changing climate can offer more favorable conditions for human development, changes in natural processes have also been found to stress local social and systems.
Changes in climate not only present significantly different challenges to communities depending on geographic, economic, and political contexts, but vulnerability to climate change is also tightly coupled with urban form which can help mitigate or exacerbate local impacts. Sustainable urban design (i.e., Geodesign) can simultaneously reduce the UHI effect, improve local air quality, revitalized ecosystem health, and reduce fossil fuel dependency; all fundamental elements of a resilient city.
Ruddell teaches courses in the Spatial Sciences Institute undergraduate residential general education and Geodesign programs as well as the online GIST Graduate Programs. He has developed expertise in geographic information science and associated technologies to acquire, organize, analyze, model, and visualize spatial data. As an educator, he seeks to help students develop the critical and spatial thinking skills required to effectively manage and deploy these technologies in diverse settings to produce spatially-informed and scientifically sound results. He has been on the forefront of developing curriculum and pedagogical approaches in the field of geodesign, a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary, and iterative process that aims to build a better world by promoting harmony between human and ecological systems. Ruddell is active in service and faculty governance where he served as the Chair of the USC Academic Senate Sustainability Committee which advances sustainability initiatives at USC. He has served as president of the USC Dornsife College Faculty Council. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Land Use and Urban Planning. He is certified as a Geographic Information Science Professional (GISP) by the Geographic Information Science Certification Institute (GISCI).
Kelly SandersCivil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Kelly Twomey Sanders is an Assistant Professor in the University of Southern California’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research aims to ease tensions between human and natural systems through technical, regulatory and market intervention, with particular emphasis on reducing the environmental impacts of providing energy and water services. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. Sanders has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 under 30: Today’s disruptors and tomorrow’s brightest stars and MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 for her contributions to the energy field. In 2019, she was granted a National Science Foundation Early CAREER award. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. Sanders received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University, as well M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. She teaches classes related to energy and the environment.
Dr. Gale M. Sinatra is the Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Psychology and Education at Rossier. She is currently serving as the President of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 15 (Educational Psychology) (https://apadiv15.org/). She serves as Associate Editor of the APA journal, Psychological Bulletin. She is a Fellow of APA, American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Society for Text and Discourse. Her areas of expertise include climate science education, evolution education, STEM learning, conceptual change learning, and the public understanding of science.
Sinatra heads the Motivated Change Research Lab at USC (https://www.motivatedchangelab.com/), the mission of which is understanding the cognitive, motivational, and emotional processes that lead to attitude change, conceptual change, and successful STEM learning. Her areas of expertise include climate science education, evolution education, conceptual change learning, and the public understanding of science. Sinatra’s model of conceptual change learning describes how motivational factors contribute to the likelihood that individuals will change their thinking about a scientific topic.Sinatra currently serves as Co-PI on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Re-Living Paleontology: Studying How Augmented Reality Immersion and Interaction Impact Engagement and Communicating Science. In collaboration with her partners at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and the Natural History Museum, the project team is building an AR exhibit at La Brea Tar Pitts and Museum to support visitor’s engagement with science. She is also currently working on a co-authored volume on public understanding of science with her collaborator, Dr. Barbara Hofer of Middlebury College, VT to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Yan TangPublic Administration
Shui-Yan Tang is the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Public Administration at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. His main research interests include institutional analysis and design, common-pool resource governance, environmental regulation enforcement, and environmental politics and policy. He is the co-author of Regulatory Styles, Society, and Environmental Governance in China(Oxford: Routledge, 2014) and the author of Institutions and Collective Action: Self-Governance in Irrigation(San Francisco: Institute for Contemporary Studies Press, 1992).
Frank ZerunyanPublic Administration
Frank Vram Zerunyan, JD is a Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance and The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making, an Interdisciplinary Center USC Marshall USC Viterbi and USC Price (DECIDE). His key areas of expertise include Local Governments, Public Private Partnerships, Civic and Ethical Leadership, Land Use, Regulation, Negotiation and Executive Education. He teaches graduate courses on Intersectoral Leadership (Collaborative Governance), Business and Public Policy, International Issues in Public Policy, Negotiation, Place Institutions and Governance as well as International Laboratory. Frank also lectures locally and globally to build capacity and foster leadership among public executives worldwide. For his influential work over the past five years in Armenia, he was awarded LL.D. Doctor of Laws – Honoris Causa by the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia.
Frank is a three term Mayor and still serving Council member in the City of Rolling Hills Estates, California. In his role as a public official, after serving as Chair of the Planning Commission in Rolling Hills Estates, Frank was elected to the City Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. He previously served and continues to serve on various regional public boards, including law enforcement, sanitation, technology and transit. He has chaired and continues to chair select city government committees in Rolling Hills Estates. Frank’s public service on various local government policy committees extends statewide with the California League of Cities, California Contract Cities Association and Southern California Association of Governments. In 2008, Frank was elected and assumed a leadership role as the 52nd President of California Contracts Cities Association, the second largest municipal organization in the state of California with approximately 70 member cities and 7 million residents.
As a gubernatorial appointee under Governor Schwarzenegger, Frank was a state regulator serving on the Medical Board of California in the Department of Consumer Affairs. He was elected by the Board to serve as its Vice President. After five years of service on the Medical Board, Frank’s term expired in June of 2011. His responsibilities on the Medical Board included the promulgation of regulation, professional discipline and the sixty million plus budget of the Medical Board.
In January of 2013, Frank was appointed to an ad hoc experts committee on capacity building in public administration at the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In that capacity, he lectures and conducts capacity building seminars at UN headquarters in New York as well as at UN Forums around the world. Also, as part of his global academic service focused on governance, Frank was recently appointed to the Editorial Council of the Public Administration Scientific Journal for the Republic Armenia.
Frank has more than 30 years of comprehensive and multi-sectorial experience as a lawyer, judge pro tem, author, consultant, director, board member, professor and public servant. Frank has been honored as one of Southern California Magazine’s Super Lawyers since 2004, The Legal Network’s Top Lawyers in California, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and American Law and Government institutions like the California Assembly, the California Senate, the County of Los Angeles and various city governments for his leadership in the public sector. In the not for profit sector, Frank chaired the Daniel Freeman Hospitals Foundation in 2001-02 and oversaw the successful distribution of $8 million in gifts. He has acted as a policy advisor and counsel to the Armenian National Committee of America in Washington DC. Frank also served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the worldwide Armenian Bar Association. As a lawyer, he is licensed to practice law in California, District of Columbia (inactive), Courts of International Trade, Federal Courts in the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Frank earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (Doctor of Laws) degree from Western State University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Long Beach. He also completed his advanced legal studies in Corporate Taxation at the University of Southern California Law Center (USC Gould). He is a graduate of California League of Cities’ Civic Leadership Institute, an educational forum for the state’s rising leaders
External Advisory Board
The external advisory board provides support and input to the Centers leadership team in the strategic direction of the center. Board members represent key stakeholders linked with the thematic areas and the international network of hubs, including from government, industry, NGOs and USC Alumni.