USC Price School of Public Policy

MPA Alumni Success Stories

Colleen Dilenschneider, MPA ’11
In 2011, Colleen Dilenschneider graduated from USC Price’s MPA program with a concentration in nonprofit management. Today, she is the Chief Market Engagement Officer for the marketing intelligence and consulting company IMPACTS, where she makes big data accessible to organizations and specializes in audience engagement initiatives and digital marketing.

In addition, Colleen also dedicates her time to helping advance the service sector through her popular website, Know Your Own Bone, a resource that offers creative online engagement strategies and best practices for nonprofit and cultural organizations including museums, zoos and aquariums
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Ronald Arias MPA ’74
MPA alumnus Ronald Arias retired this past December as the director of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services — a post he’s held for the past 12 years. His career as a public servant spans 22 years with the City of Long Beach.
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Phillip Chen MPA ’05
Phillip Chen is a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at USC Price. In November 2011, he was elected to the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees. Currently, Chen works as the health deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, where he is responsible for helping formulate policy in all aspects of county health, public health and mental health services. He also serves as a reserve deputy for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
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Kiyomi Burchill MPA ’11
Kiyomi Burchill, 28, graduated with her MPA from USC Price in 2011. In December 2011, she was appointed assistant secretary of the State of California’s Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The agency is responsible for oversight of 13 departments and one board that provide various health care services, social services, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment services, income assistance and public health services. Prior to the appointment, Burchill had served as a policy consultant since 2008 in the Office of Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. In addition, she was a legislative aide for Senator Steinberg from 2007-2008, and a California Senate Fellow for Senator Steinberg from 2006-2007.
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Tomson Ong, MPA ’84, DPA ’92
Honorable Tomson T. Ong, MPA, ’84, DPA, ’92, is a true embodiment of what it means to be a member of the Trojan family. In addition to his work as a judge of the California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, he offers support and advisement to the USC community through his dedicated commitment to the university and especially the USC Price School of Public Policy.
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