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GPAC Host Bay Area Policy Forum

GPAC Hosts Third Annual Bay Area Policy Forum

By John Roberson

Dr. Rajiv Bhatia Keynote speaker Dr. Rajiv Bhatia
Photo by John Roberson

The USC Price School and the Graduate Policy Administration Community (GPAC) hosted the third annual Bay Area Policy Forum and reception in San Francisco on March 2.

The forum – which was planned and organized by students – featured two panels that examined the intersections between sustainability and technology. The morning session addressed environmental policy, focusing on climate change, sustainability and the green economy. The afternoon panel centered on technology use and limitations in a variety of fields; technology and policy change; and trends in the field.

The keynote speaker was, Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, director of occupational and environmental health for the City of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health.

“[Dr. Bhatia’s] talk was really appropriate for the venue, using indicators to make the case for the environmental determinants of health” said Molly Hartman, a second-year Master of Public Policy student.

Panel The forum’s first panel focused on the environment and policy.
Photo by John Roberson

Student moderators Matt Bogdan, a first-year MPP student, and Matthew Young, a second-year MPP student, engaged the diverse group of panelists to have an insightful and informative conversation. Panel members included:

Panel I – Environmental Sustainability and Policy

  • Anna Frankel, Green Business Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Carey Knecht, Associate Director, Climate Plan
  • Jodi Pincus, Executive Director, Rising Sun Energy Center
  • Anna Sidana, Founder and CEO, One Million Lights
  • Saskia van Gendt, Resource Conservation Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency – Region 9

Panel II – Technology and Policy

  • PK Agarwal, CEO, TiE Global
  • Joan Chaplick, Principal, MIG, Inc.
  • Andrew deCoriolis, Director of Engagement, Lucid Design Group
  • Michael Driscoll, CEO, Metamarkets
  • Daniel Krimm, Policy Associate, Public Policy Institute of California

After the forum concluded, GPAC members held a networking reception that included faculty, staff, local Price School alumni, as well as newly admitted MPA and MPP students who are considering attending USC in fall 2012.

In addition, this year 11 students from the USC State Capital Center attended the forum and networking reception — marking the first time that Price students from Sacramento participated in the event.