USC Price School of Public Policy



Colleen Williams

Co-Anchor and Reporter, NBC Los Angeles

Colleen Williams serves as co-anchor of NBC4 Southern California’s weekday newscasts, NBC4 News at 5 p.m and 11 p.m., alongside Chuck Henry. She joined the station in 1986.

An award winning journalist for more than 30 years, she is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including multiple Golden Mike and Emmy Awards. She was recognized with a Golden Mike for team coverage of the Chatsworth train crash, and an L.A. Emmy and Golden Mike for her work on NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: Rubble to Rebirth.’ She also earned a Golden Mike and Associated Press Award for her coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games Centennial Park bombing for ‘Best Live Coverage of a News Story.’ She was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio & Television News Association.

Colleen was particularly visible during the trial of the century – the O. J. Simpson case which she covered for NBC4 and MSNBC, anchoring a daily report of the trial. It was after the case that she took the anchor reins for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. in 1995, assembling Southern California’s most trusted and powerful news team in the market to this day with Chuck Henry, Fritz Coleman and Fred Roggin.

She has covered countless breaking news stories – from two Pope visits, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, the Los Angeles riots and the many infamous car chases that make Southern California unique.

When she’s not in the studio, Colleen is passionate about many social causes impacting Southern Californians. For more than 20 years, she has supported Casa del Las Amigas — a residential home for women overcoming addiction. The longstanding Colleen Williams Golf Tournament is a popular annual tradition that continues to raise awareness for the community it serves. And for two decades, Colleen has also helped the Rape Crisis Center in Riverside bring more attention to reducing domestic abuse cases in the Inland Empire.

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Ian Bate

Head of Australian Federal Policy
Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force

Detective Superintendent Ian Bate has been a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) since 1980.

Ian has worked in a variety of law enforcement environments including, general crime, fraud, drug and organised crime. He has also had attachments to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, National Crime Authority, and a Royal Commission into a police shooting in Tasmania. Ian was promoted to Coordinator (Detective Superintendent) in 2000. Between 2002 and 2004, Ian was the AFP Senior Liaison Officer in Los Angeles, California where he worked cooperatively with US federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

In 2004 and 2005, Ian undertook the role of Deputy Commander of the Participating Police Force for the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). During this period he managed the activities of all investigation and general policing teams.

In early 2008, Ian became the AFP’s Police Adviser to the Cambodian National Police (CNP) for a two year period, as part of AusAID’s Cambodian Criminal Justice Assistance Project (CCJAP). During this time Ian worked closely with the CNP’s senior executive to assist in developing policy and legislation, as well as coordinating other projects related to forensic collection, data collection, and community policing.

Upon his return from Cambodia, Ian took up the position of Coordinator, Investigations and Support at Melbourne Airport. In late 2012 Ian returned to the AFP’s Melbourne Office as Coordinator, Crime Operations and was the Coordinator of the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team for two and a half years before taking up his current role.

In July 2016 Ian commenced duty as the AFP’s Police Adviser to the United Nations in New York. Ian also has liaison duty responsibilities in New York and Canada.

Ian has performed Coordinator roles in Crime Operations, Intelligence, Aviation, International Deployment Group and Counter Terrorism over a 16 year period. Ian has lead and managed investigations team in major drug, fraud, child protection, foreign bribery, and counter terrorism matters.

The Honorable R. Carey Davis

Mayor, City of San Bernardino

Mayor R. Carey Davis is the 28th Mayor of the City of San Bernardino. His agenda of restoring fiscal sanity is focused on emerging the City from its current fiscal condition, creating economic opportunities for our residents, and increasing the quality of life.

Carey Davis is a third generation resident of San Bernardino and was elected Mayor in February, 2014. Carey lives in the 7th Ward with his wife of 44 years Johnetta, and has raised four children in the city. He was born in San Bernardino, graduated from Pacific High School and received his master’s in business administration from California State University, San Bernardino. His bachelor’s degree was obtained from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Carey is a newcomer to public service and municipal politics. He brings 35 years of experience in successful accounting and financial management for both businesses and nonprofit organizations. His previous position as a Corporate Controller as well as his certification in Public Accounting has developed him into a skilled and analytical strategist and manager.

Throughout his career he has earned a reputation as someone who knows how to solve budget problems and make tough financial decisions. This along with decisive leadership is what he brings to the Mayor’s office. Carey is involved locally with his church and he also volunteers his time as Committee Chairman for Boy Scouts of America troop #1.

Christophe Lemoine

Consul General of France in Los Angeles

Former student of the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux (graduation 1997), Mr. Christophe LEMOINE holds a Doctorate-level degree in International Law and International Organizations Law, as well as a Diploma in Economic and European International Law, both from the University of Geneva. He then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16 January 2001.

Appointed to the Human Resources Department, he then joined the French Embassy in Berlin in 2004 as Third Secretary.

Mr. Christophe LEMOINE served at the External Relations Division of the European Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009, then at the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012.

Chief of Staff for Mr. Laurent FABIUS, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, from 2012 to 2015, he was recently appointed, by decree of the President of the Republic dated May 21st, 2015 (JORF No. 0118 of May 23rd, 2015), as Consul General of France in Los Angeles, replacing Mr. Axel CRUAU, who was called to Shanghai for the same position. He took up his posting on July 13th, 2015.

Michael Howells

British Consul General in Los Angeles

Michael Howells is a British diplomat and Consul General in Los Angeles. He is the senior representative of the UK government in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. In this role, he promotes trade and investment, scientific cooperation, creative and media collaborations and educational partnerships between the UK and the southwestern United States. He also oversees delivery of essential consular services to a 600,000strong British resident community and British visitors numbering over a million per year.

Michael has an academic background in Anthropology and International Law. Prior to government service, Michael worked as a human rights lawyer and in the UK tech sector, supporting clients in the British entertainment industry.

Michael began his government career as a policy adviser in the UK Department for International Development where he edited the 2006 White Paper “Making Governance Work for the Poor.” For the past 11 years he has held a series of national security roles in the British Foreign Office, covering Counter-Terrorism, EU Security and Defence policy and the Middle East.

From 2009-2013 Michael served at the British Embassy in Washington DC, acting as the bridge between UK and US policy towards the Middle East, during the tumultuous events of the Arab uprisings and the “P5+1” nuclear negotiations with Iran. From 2013-2015 Michael oversaw British foreign policy towards Iran, including the re-opening of Embassies in London and Tehran. From 2015 to 2017 he was Head of Near Eastern Affairs at the British Foreign Office, responsible for UK policy towards Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the OPTs and the Middle East Peace Process. Michael took a six month sabbatical in 2017 to act as a consultant to HSBC Group on financial crime.