USC Price School of Public Policy

Alumni Spotlight Features

Read our most recent Alumni Spotlight stories, which highlight the inspiring accomplishments of USC Price School graduates.  You can read more in our Spotlight Archive.

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Domenika Lynch, BS

On July 1, 2016, USC Price School undergraduate alumna Domenika Lynch began a significant new chapter in her professional career — assuming the role of president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C. The CHCI is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that provides leadership development programs and educational services for Latino youth. Full Story




Thomas Wong, MPA ’13

Thomas Wong thinks a lot about California’s drought. That’s because he’s the president of the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and a representative for his hometown of Monterey Park.  Full Story




Alana Hitchcock and Mark Weber, MPA ’12

After earning their MPA degrees from USC Price in 2012, Alana and Mark quit their state government jobs, got married and moved to Thailand to inspire social change. Not long after, they founded Trade Monkey — a company dedicated to bridging the gap between disadvantaged artisans and consumers around the world.  Full Story



ahoatkinsongaleMarissa Aho ’06, Ashley Atkinson ’07, Nat Gale ’11

These Price Master of Planning alums are helping make the City of Los Angeles a safer, more vibrant, beautiful and equitable place. All three make an impact by working for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Aho is the Chief Resilience Officer in charge of coordinating and implementing improvements and programs to help the city withstand disasters, Atkinson helps develop planning and housing policy in the office of economic development, and Gale runs the Great Streets Initiative for the office of transportation. Full Story


lyons-thumbThe Honorable Dalila Corral Lyons, BS ’81

As a child growing up in L.A., Dalila Corral Lyons considered attending USC “a far-fetched dream.” No one in her family had ever gone to college before. Today, Lyons is not only an alumna of the USC Price School, but she also makes meaningful impact in the community through her work as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, where she brings her lifelong commitment of equality and justice. Full Story