USC Price School of Public Policy

MPL Alumni Success Stories

MPL alumni

From left: Christopher Koontz, BS/MPL ’05, Josh Rohmer, MPL ’06; Ben Saltsman, MPL ’07; Jason Neville, MPL ’07; and Zerik Scales, MPL ’08

Aja Brown, ’04, MPL ’05
Aja Brown said that one of her favorite things about being a student at USC Price was “the expectation to do well and make a difference.” As the newly elected mayor of the city of Compton, she now has the opportunity to turn that expectation into reality.
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Chris Steins, MPL ’95
Chris Steins is the founder and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Internet consulting firm Urban Insight, Inc., and editor of Planetizen, the urban planning and development network. A nationally recognized consultant in the field of technology and urban planning, Chris has worked with a broad range of clients in government, education and the private and nonprofit sectors.
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Erika Martin MPA, MPL ’08
Erika Martin has seen Long Beach change over the years. Martin grew up in the city and is currently working on facilitating change there as a development analyst for the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. At USC Price, she studied urban planning at the city level and aimed to bring sustainable change to the built environment in areas of cities that need it most.
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Michael Vanderbeek MPL ’05
As the second busiest seaport in the United States, the Port of Long Beach plays an integral role in the economic growth and well being, not only of California, but the nation as a whole. On any given day, a variety of goods travels through the Long Beach harbor, ranging from automobiles and petroleum to toys and furniture. Michael Vanderbeek, manager of strategic planning, is responsible for a host of projects and activities to help ensure the port’s success.
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