USC Price School of Public Policy

Career Services Staff Bios

Scott Turner

Scott recently joined the Sol Price career services team as the Director. Prior to this role he served as associate director of MBA Career Services in the USC Marshall School since 2005. During that time he created and deployed comprehensive career development planning for full-time and part-time MBA students and developed over 30 workshops annually on topics ranging from job search strategies to personal branding. Scott established and cultivated contacts with employers, increasing job placement opportunities by 25 percent. He has deep knowledge of career services and the USC campus.

Prior to his work at USC Marshall, Scott worked for nine years as a financial analyst and then as a specialist in operations resource development at Mattel, Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

Seema Yedavalli

Seema joined the Price School as Assistant Director of Career Services in May of 2012. She has a strong background in career services and student affairs, having served for four and a half years as a career services specialist and admissions recruiter at local colleges. Prior to beginning a career in student affairs, Seema was the Assistant Director of a learning center which provides educational services to K-12 students. In addition to having her MPA degree with an emphasis in management and leadership, she is also graduate of USC’s Political Science undergraduate program, contributing to her passion and knowledge of the USC culture and the field of public administration. She also has a strong, personal interest in education which has led her to pursue volunteer work locally and internationally.

In her role, Seema provides career advisement and professional development to students, works closely with employers, and manages career services programming and events.

Lisa Luna

Lisa Luna has been part of the Career Services team since fall 2009. She has seven years of experience in higher education including career services, recruitment, and academic planning. In addition she spent five years in the healthcare industry serving as an office manager for a large private practice facility and as a freelance program coordinator for pharmaceutical sales force training.

Lisa received both of her degrees from the University of La Verne. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and a Master of Science in Leadership and Management with a concentration in Organizational Development.

As the Career Services Coordinator, she organizes Career Services events, maintains USC Price’s on-line job database PriceNet, coordinates the international summer internship programs, and provides student advisement.

Zarui Neksalyan

Zarui Neksalyan joined the Sol Price School of Public Policy Office of Career Services as a Student Services Advisor in November 2011. Prior to joining our team, she worked at the Los Angeles Business Council as an Assistant Director of Policy and Programs, focusing on transportation, affordable housing, and sustainability issues. Zarui also has recent experience with the Metropolitan Transit Authority working on such programs as Bike to Work Day and the Bus Stop Signage Project.

Zarui, a progressive degree alum, holds a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Management and Planning, and a Master of Urban Planning from USC Price. During her time as a student here, she served as a student ambassador and worked in the Student Affairs department. She is currently a mentor in our Professional Mentor program.

In her role, Zarui provides career advising to students, helps with the Professional Mentor and Externship programs, and assists with other special projects.