USC Price School of Public Policy

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John Sonego

John Sonego

John Sonego joined the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy as Associate Dean of External Affairs in 2011. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of development and programming for major gifts, corporate relations, foundation and federal relations, alumni relations, outreach programs and annual giving.

Prior to joining USC Price, John was the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Affairs for UCLA’s School of Public Health, leading a team responsible for raising more than $13 million per year. Before joining UCLA, he served as a consultant bringing a wide range of development and communications experience to an array of clients, including Enterprise Community Partners, Equality California, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), The Skid Row Housing Trust and the Housing Authorities for the City and County of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD and as Vice President at the Rogers Group.

John received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. from the University of Santa Monica.

Jenny Eccles

Jenny Eccles

Jenny Eccles has more than 10 years of advancement experience and currently serves as the Executive Director of Development for the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, which she joined in 2007 as the Director of Major Gifts.

In her current role, Jenny works closely with donors, alumni, faculty and senior administration to support the school’s academic priorities in conjunction with the school’s $150 million capital initiative goal. She is also responsible for major gift fundraising, planned giving and donor stewardship, and she oversees USC Price’s Parent Programs.

Prior to joining USC, Jenny worked at the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy as the Assistant Director of Development and at the non-profit Wesley Homes Foundation in Des Moines, Washington, where she served as the Annual Fund and Planned Giving Manager.

Her passion for educational fundraising began at the University of Idaho where she was hired in the Advancement Office as a student, helping coordinate the university’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. She holds a B.S. from the University of Idaho in Public Communication with a minor in Political Science. Jenny will graduate with an Executive Master of Leadership degree from the Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2014.

Caroline Bhalla

Caroline Bhalla

Caroline Bhalla joined the USC Price Development team in September 2012 and serves as the Senior Director of Development and Constituent Relations. She is responsible for the cultivation and oversight of the Athenian Society, the premier philanthropic support organization at USC Price. She is also responsible for annual giving, alumni relations and the alumni board.

Prior to this position, Caroline worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions (interim) at UCLA School of Law. Before returning to California in July 2011, she was the Associate Director of the New York University Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where she began as a research assistant in 2002. She then became the Project Director for the annual State of the City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report. In 2008, Caroline became the Associate Director, assuming responsibility for human relations, finance and fundraising for the Furman Center. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Account Executive in a boutique public relations firm in San Francisco, Graham and Associates.

Caroline earned her B.A. in Mass Communications/ Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Caroline received an M.A. in Culture and Communication from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and an M.A. in American Studies from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. Caroline served as an adjunct professor in NYU’s Department of Culture and Communication, where she taught courses in Interviewing Strategies and Conflict Resolution.

Heidi Rosano

Heidi Rosano

Heidi Rosano joined the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in fall 2009. As the current Senior Director of Events and Sponsorships, she designs and implements development events that align with the goals and mission of the Price School. In this role, she organizes events such as the annual Price Guardian Awards, the Price School’s signature fundraising gala, along with the Dean’s Speaker Series, major symposiums and summits, professional development and networking events, Alumni social gatherings and donor cultivation events. Prior to joining Price, Heidi served in leadership and fundraising roles as the Director of Events at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and as Income Development Coordinator at the American Cancer Society.

Heidi received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Her 10 years of development, fundraising, and events management experience make her a valuable member of the Price team as she continues to cultivate relationships leading to successful fundraising, engagement and participation from alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

Kristi Patton

Kristi Patton

Kristi joined the USC Price Development team in February 2014. As the Director of Alumni Relations and Events, Kristi oversees the management of the USC Price alumni board of councilors as well as alumni and parent-related events. She is responsible for recruiting younger members to the Athenian Society, the school’s premier philanthropic support group. Prior to USC Price, Kristi oversaw stewardship and events at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. There, she spearheaded the opening of the school’s newest state-of-the-art Interactive Media building in June of 2013. She began working at USC in 2007 at the Office of Protocol and University Events, where she planned and executed prestigious large-scale development and fundraising events with most of the units and schools across the university. With her vast knowledge of the USC community and over 10 years of development and event experience, Kristi is a valuable asset to the USC Price Development team.

Kristi has also worked for Nordstrom and ESPN on large scale events including Nordstrom store openings, the ESPY Awards and ESVPN X Games. Kristi holds a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. from USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism.

Megan Goulding

Megan Goulding

Megan Goulding currently serves as the Director of Development and Strategic Communications for the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. In this role, Megan works closely with faculty and senior leadership to develop and implement strategic fundraising priorities as a part of the school’s $150 million fundraising initiative. While at USC, Megan successfully developed the school’s first corporate and foundation giving program, and has raised major gift and core operating support for a variety of research centers and academic institutes within the school.

Additionally, Megan is responsible for the design and execution of all strategic communication strategies to support the school’s fundraising goals. In this role, Megan manages all major gift proposals, gift announcements and donor engagement materials designed to build a culture of philanthropy for the Price School.

Previously, Megan served as the Associate Director of Development at the Long Beach Museum of Art, where she was responsible for raising funds in support of exhibitions, educational programming, special fundraising events and core operating support. Megan holds a Master of Public Administration from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach.

Brent Watson

Brent Watson

Brent Watson joined the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy as a Development Associate in July 2012. In his role, Brent is responsible for overseeing and conducting development research for USC Price as well as serving as the Director of Parent Programs for undergraduate students. In addition, he also works closely with donors, alumni and faculty to support the school’s academic priorities in conjunction with the school’s $150 million capital initiative goal. Prior to joining Price, Brent served as the Sales Manager at Medtronic Diabetes where he led a diverse sales team to serve clients throughout California.

Brent received his B.A. in Economics from USC.

His leadership, interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of people make him a valuable member of the Price team.

Miguel Mendez

Miguel Mendez

Miguel Mendez joined the USC Price Development Office as the Development Coordinator in March 2014. In this role, Miguel is responsible for processing all gifts and gift acknowledgements, as well as maintaining office expenditures and providing general administrative support.

Prior to this role, Miguel worked with the USC Price Business Office as a Budget Technician where he assisted in managing over twenty accounts.

Previously, Miguel worked at The Multicultural Service Center, a nonprofit organization where he assisted with planning and executing the organization’s programs targeting parents and students.

Miguel received his B.A. from the California State University, Northridge in Criminal Justice.