USC Price School of Public Policy


Zerunyan discusses role of city managers

April 18, 2014

The Union-Tribune San Diego quoted Professor Frank Zerunyan of the USC Price School about the role of city managers and how city populations affect their job.

Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs with Antony Bugg-Levine, Chief Executive Officer, NonProift Finance Fund (Photo by Steve Cohn)

Impact Investing: An Opportunity to Make a Bigger Difference

April 17, 2014

“It’s either a really obvious idea, or a really radical idea.” Antony Bugg-Levine, Chief Executive Officer, NonProfit Finance Fund (NFF) explained to an audience of philanthropic, corporate and foundation leaders at The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy’s Conversation on Philanthropy in referencing the luncheon’s topic – Impact Investing: An Opportunity to Make a Difference. Bugg-Levine was joined by Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs, to explore what impact investing is, what challenges and new investment opportunities it presents, and what philanthropy’s role is in this innovative approach to community problem-solving.


Painter co-authors study focusing on high-tech immigrant entrepreneurs

April 16, 2014

An open and culturally diverse environment helps promote high-tech entrepreneurship among both immigrants and the U.S.-born, according to a new research report co-authored by USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Gary Painter. The study, released on March 25 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, shows that immigrant-owned businesses are more likely to be located in ethnically diverse metro areas that have high foreign-born populations — an important implication for metro areas seeking to attract and retain such businesses.

Southers explains homegrown domestic terrorist threats in US

April 6, 2014

The Newark Star-Ledger ran an op-ed by Erroll Southers, USC Price adjunct professor and associate director of the CREATE Homeland Security Center, about homegrown domestic terrorist threats. In his book Homegrown Violent Extremism, Southers wrote that homegrown actors can successfully attack the U.S. with little or no resources. The Boston Marathon bombing is one such example, he wrote. Though Al Qaeda appears to be growing more fragmented year by year, “its propaganda reminds us that potentially the greatest threat is not ‘over there.’ It’s right here, in our backyard.”

Petraeus advises Price students, discusses foreign relations at USC

April 3, 2014

David Petraeus navigated an array of meetings, class visits and speeches during his most recent tour of the university since being named Judge Widney Professor with a joint appointment at the USC Price School of Public Policy last fall. Over the course of four full days beginning March 25, the retired four-star general and former CIA director impressed graduate students with his thorough knowledge of the issues affecting Mexico and China, and spoke about leadership to alums of USC’s Price Executive Master of Leadership program, among other activities.