2009 Alumni Guardian Awards
The fourth annual Guardian Awards dinner gala was held on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at USC Town and Gown. The evening evening included cocktails followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. This year the gala will incorporate the theme, “Guardian goes Green,” to emphasize the school’s environmental awareness and emphasis on sustainability.
Guardian Award for Alumni Merit
Master of Science in International Public Administration, 1974
Vice President, Global Intelligence, Threat Analysis and Crisis Management, The Walt Disney Company
In 1965, Mark Kroeker began with the Los Angeles Police Department where he rose to Deputy Chief. In 1997, he was appointed United Nations Deputy Police Commissioner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he worked to rebuild police forces, rendered dysfunctional by war. In 1999, he became the Chief of the Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau until he was appointed UN Police Commissioner in Liberia in 2003, where he built a new national police after the 14 year sub-regional war. He then served as UN Director of the Police Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 2005-2007. He has been a member of the American-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee, led the reform team for the Haiti National Police following the return of President Aristide, and participated in police development projects in Rwanda. He is Chairman of the World Children’s Transplant Fund, a nonprofit he founded in 1988. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the International Justice Mission, the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law, and the UN’s International Policing Advisory Committee.
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Guardian Award for Alumni Service
Bachelor of Arts, 1977; Master of Public Administration, 1981
Councilwoman, Ninth District, City of Los Angeles
The Honorable Jan Perry represents some of the most diverse and vibrant communities in Los Angeles. She is involved with planning for urban development, housing, job creation, and entertainment centers in South LA and Downtown. In addition, she supports employment opportunities and after-school programs for at-risk youth. She co-authored Proposition O to clean LA water, and her Augustus Hawkins Wetland initiative is the nation’s first man-made wetland in a highly urban area. Perry currently chairs the Energy and the Environment Committee; vice-chairs the Information Technology & Government Affairs Committee; Ad Hoc on Economic Recovery & Reinvestment; and Ad Hoc Committee on Recovering Energy, Natural Resources, and Economic Benefit from Waste for LA (RENEW LA) Committee. She is a member of the Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee and Public Safety Committee. Perry serves as a governing board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. She is a member of the Exposition Light Rail Authority and is President Pro Tempore for the LA City Council.
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Guardian Award for Vision and Leadership
Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Emeritus, USC
As Senior Vice President, Alan Kreditor spearheaded the most ambitious fundraising effort in USC’s history, the Building on Excellence campaign, raising $2.9 billion – the most successful campaign in higher education at the time. During his 16 year tenure as Senior Vice President, USC raised more than $5.5 billion. Also real estate and urban planning expert, Kreditor was founding Dean of the USC School of Urban Planning and Development beginning in 1974. As Dean, he established the Lusk Center for Real Estate – linking developers, lenders, investors, and designers with faculty and students at USC. He served as Chairman of the California Building Industry Foundation and the Los Angeles Urban Design Advisory Committee. In addition, he has served on advisory committees for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Urban Mass Transit Administration. He is former Vice President of the International Association of Urban and Regional Research and Education and was a founding member of the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development.
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