USC Price School of Public Policy

LEAP Executive Council


Sarah Chang


President – MWM Management LLC
Co- Chair – LEAP, 2016–2017, 2017-2018

Sarah Chang is the mother of two boys who are Trojans. The eldest son, Andrew Chang, graduated this past May from Dornsife College of Letters and Sciences with a major in International Relations and Global Business. The younger son, Derek Chang, is a junior at USC Price and is expected to graduate in May 2018.

A dedicated mother, Sarah has been team mom for the swim team and equestrian team while her boys were growing up. She has hosted numerous fundraising events and gathering for Boy Scout troop 223, the Palisades swim team, the Brentwood school swim team and the equestrian team. Sarah and her husband have continued to be an integral part of their son’s lives even in college and have enthusiastically embraced the Trojan community by being involved and engaged with various campus events, activities, and committees including LEAP.

Sarah has been a part of LEAP for the past 3 years, starting off as a general LEAP board member in academic year 2015-16, and taking on a leadership role as a co-chair alongside Mike Lederer in academic year 2016-17. She is also an active member of parent leadership circle at USC.

Although Sarah takes great pride in her role as a parent, her professional and business ventures and accomplishments are not far behind. In 1993, Sarah Chang entered into joint venture with California Classic Sportswear, Inc., specializing both in garment production and in importing goods from overseas.

In 1995, Sarah Chang was instrumental in redeveloping and revitalizing Downtown Los Angeles fashion district. She created 35 individual retail and wholesale properties, resulting in creation of new quality job to the Downtown Los Angeles Community.

In 2014, Sarah Chang was appointed as a Board Member of Getty House Foundation by Eric Garcetti and Amy Wakeland.

Steve Pfahler


Judge – State of California Superior Court
Co-Chair – LEAP, 2017–18

Hon. Steve Pfahler has been a Judge with the Superior Court for the State of California since 2006. He was appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. During the past 11 years on the bench, Judge Pfahler has presided over both criminal and civil trial matters. He has also served on the Court’s Access and Fairness Committee, Security Committee, Diversity Committee, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Prior to becoming a Judge, Pfahler practiced law at Bannan, Green, Frank & Terzian (partner), Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, and Lebeouf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. He also served as the City Attorney for the Cities of South Pasadena and Rolling Hills Estates, as well as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Calabasas. He specialized in civil litigation in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, employment law, land use, municipal law, and education law. He was recognized as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine.

Pfahler received his Bachelor of Science (Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. His daughter will be attending USC beginning Fall 2017.


Mike Lederer (Chair Emeritus 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)
Robert and Rachel Clifford
Gerald and Kristi Anderson
John and Jeffrie Jenkins
Charles and Elaine Miwa
Chris and Jolyn MacArthur
Harry Zimmerman
Randall and Katherine Roger
Christina and Fred Peck
Beth and Adnan Rawjee
Anthony and Leslie Basalari
Michael and Barbara Boarnet
Karen and Paul Buss
Leanne and Ron Coben
Sar and Aida Kotoyan