USC Price School of Public Policy

Executive Leadership Programs

USC provides executive leadership programs through the USC State Capital Center for a wide range of public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Current programs include the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Staff Management Institute, the County of Los Angeles Executive Leadership Development Program, the California Institute for Mental Health Leadership Institute, and the Asian Pacific State Employees Association Navigating Leadership Series.

For more information on these programs or to develop a new program for your organization, contact Paul Danczyk, Director of Executive Education in Sacramento, at Danczyk@usc.edu or (916) 637-8988.

National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Staff Management Institute
This program is offered in Sacramento by the USC State Capital Center in collaboration with the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. It brings together the two preeminent university-based programs in the State capital, with a combined total of over 50 years of focus on state legislative issues and processes. The program emphasizes effective management practices, as well as key legislative issues and trends within the context of the values of representative democracy.

The eight-day program draws on USC and CSUS faculty members in public policy, public administration, and business administration, in addition to faculty members from other major universities and experienced legislators. The curriculum has four components: ongoing interactive seminars; morning sessions related to specific legislative issues; afternoon sessions focusing on avenues for management, leadership, and personal growth; and distance learning prior to and after the program. (2005 to present)

County of Los Angeles Executive Leadership Development Program
The Executive Leadership Development Program is an intensive, five month program per cohort. Each cohort consists of twenty senior- and mid-level County executives who are competitively selected based on their current impacts and anticipated professional growth. The program models the best of executive education training for experienced public administrators through in-person and online sessions and executive coaching opportunities. The instructors consist of USC faculty, regional university faculty who specialize in public and nonprofit leadership, and County executives.

Topics center around ten leadership competencies: effective communication; building, managing, and leading teams; establishing and implementing a shared vision; change leadership; building consensus and commitment; influence and negotiation; partnering; political acumen; outcome-based decision-making; and managing projects. (2014 to present)

California Institute for Mental Health Leadership Program
The CiMH Leadership Institute is tailored to California county executives and managers in behavioral health departments, with special emphasis on mental health and substance use disorder administration and policy. Topics include value-based leadership, crisis management, legislative process, influence and negotiation, and the ever-popular “Getting to WOW!” — sessions on customer service. Over two dozen presenters lend their unique styles and insights to each year’s class. (2004 to present)

Asian Pacific State Employees Association’s Navigating Leadership Series
The Navigating Leadership Series is designed specifically for California state public administrators as a pioneering blueprint of real-time development of leadership and innovation into a digital world. As a fully integrated dynamic system, it consists of seven independent but interdependent programs and functions — a biennial symposium, “Conversations in Leadership” lectures, YouTube training channel, Kollabornation social platform (in development), California State secretaries and directors advisory board, host advisory committee, and an annual leadership award competition. The series collaboratively facilitates interaction with and involvement of government personnel at all levels of state government. Navigating Leadership creates a transformational conduit to shift the trajectory of governance to serve and support a digital society through the partnership of APSEA, USC/Price, and state agencies and its sponsors. (2011 to present)