USC Price School of Public Policy

Mark Pisano

Mark Pisano

Professor of the Practice of Public Administration

Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 312
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

Phone: (213) 740-1280


Urban Planning, regional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy

Biographical sketch

Mark Pisano is a Professor of the Practice of Public Administration at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. For 31 years, he served as executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest regional planning agency. The association consists of a voluntary group of local governments that focuses on dealing with many vital local issues, including aspects of environmental conditions, transportation, housing and development. As Executive Director, he contributed greatly to the implementation of the Alameda Corridor Plan, which involved the construction of a 22-mile rail line running to and from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in order to improve freight container capacity. The plan contributed largely to making port operational methods and the overall transfer of goods throughout California more effective. Before joining SCAG, Mark Pisano served as director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Quality Planning Division. He has also co-founded and held positions at various not-for-profit and governmental associations, such as the California Center for Research and Development, California Federation for Energy and the Environment, California Hazardous Waste Management Authority, LINC Housing, and California Leadership. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University.