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Jean Case, Chief Executive Officer of the Case Foundation

Jean Case, CEO of Case Foundation, encourages risk taking in philanthropy

May 18, 2015

At the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy’s Distinguished Speakers Series luncheon on April 15, Case Foundation Chief Executive Officer Jean Case shared her ideas and commitment to risk taking in philanthropy as a driver for social change, as well as the foundation’s application of business strategies to their giving.


Knott, Reiss op-ed: “When women don’t lead, we pay a high price”

May 14, 2015

The Sacramento Bee published an op-ed written by USC Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack H. Knott and Bonnie Reiss, global director of the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. The article highlights the unique value that women provide as leaders in business, government and education, despite their underrepresentation. “Consider that female CEOs of Fortune 1,000 companies produced equity returns between 2002 and 2014 that were 226 percent higher than the S&P 500, according to one study,” the authors wrote. They later noted, “It’s something of a paradox that relatively few women occupy positions of leadership while their performance record shows them to be so effective as leaders.”

Price valedictorian to research Olympic venue sustainability, then join Disney Imagineering

May 12, 2015

Price valedictorian Tay Vaughn will begin working for Disney Imagineering in July as part of a project management team that oversees the design and implementation of attractions, accommodations and entertainment. But first, he’ll spend the next six weeks traveling to Athens, Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney, as well as Atlanta, for a research project on how Olympic stadiums can be designed for a better transition to sustainable use once the Games are over. The trip is partially funded by a Price Student Undergraduate Research Experience grant.

Price MPP grad selected as Google Policy Fellow

May 12, 2015

Brandon De Bruhl graduated from high school without knowing how to read or write. What he did know was that school was not for him. A severe case of dyslexia made education so difficult that it took a special exception from the school district for him get a diploma with a 1.9 grade point average. He was excited never to spend another minute in a classroom. Fifteen years later, after overcoming self-doubt and figuring out a system to do what comes naturally to most people, De Bruhl is completing a Master of Public Policy degree from the USC Price School and going on to a prestigious Google Policy Fellowship.

Dollinger MRED alum remaking historic church into affordable senior housing

May 8, 2015

Tyler Monroe MRED-MBA ’08 is proving that affordable doesn’t have to mean unimaginative when it comes to housing. As vice president of development for Thomas Safran & Associates, Monroe is leading efforts to remake the historic 31,000-square-foot Immanuel Church in Long Beach into 25 low-income apartments for seniors.

Price experts consult Iraqi delegation on counter-terrorism strategies

May 4, 2015

USC Price homeland security experts Erroll Southers and Frank Quiambao recently met with officials from Iraq to share insights on strategies involving countering violent extremism (CVE). The visit came at the request of the International Visitor Leadership Program in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs. The goal was to promote professional and cultural exchanges. In particular, the Iraqi delegation was interested in discussing CVE strategies and learning more about what makes members of a community susceptible to radical messaging.

Social scientist Robert Putnam shares insights from his 
best-selling book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
(All photos by Deirdre Flanagan)

Putnam describes ‘opportunity gap’ between rich, poor at Price Center talk

May 1, 2015

Harvard social scientist Robert Putnam called a growing opportunity gap among children in the U.S. the central issue that college students will have to deal with in their lifetimes during a lecture hosted by the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. “Americans don’t care much about wealth inequality. But what they do care about is that everybody gets a fair shot and starts on the same rung of the ladder. It’s paramount to the American dream,” he said.

Ginsburg appointed to AHRQ National Advisory Council

April 29, 2015

Paul Ginsburg, Director of Public Policy at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Ginsburg also holds the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Schwarzenegger summit seeks long-term solutions to CA’s water woes

April 28, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger called for the implementation of long-term solutions to solve the state’s water issues and put an end to the chronic drought cycle at a forum hosted by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and the Public Policy Institute of California. With the state in the fourth year of a record drought that resulted in Gov. Jerry Brown ordering mandatory water restrictions earlier this month for the first time in the state’s history, industry leaders and academics gathered for a discussion titled “The New Reality: Addressing California’s Water Challenge.”

Incoming Cornell President, Elizabeth Garrett, pens paper on cultural institution-university partnerships

April 24, 2015

Highlighting lessons gleaned from leading the USC negotiating group in the successful acquisition of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena (PAM) while Provost at USC, Elizabeth Garrett explains the added value universities bring to museums as nonprofit allies in comparison to a for-profit corporate partner. Universities can provide a new, younger audience for a museum’s collections, and both share an educational component in their missions, according to the paper.

Green’s research finds rise in rents while incomes hold steady

April 20, 2015

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV interviewed Richard Green, USC Price professor and director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate, about rising rents in Los Angeles. CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV cited a study by Green and colleagues on the average price of rent in L.A.