USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: Natalia Romo

Hometown: Mar Vista, California
Major: Real Estate Development

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. I was initially inspired to pursue a career in RED after working with developers in several projects in Culver City as a part of my Internship position in the city’s Building & Safety Department. I admired the active role developers played in revitalizing and reshaping communities, and I wanted to be a part of that team.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. As a transfer, I was worried about the difficulty of getting involved within the school as an incoming Junior. Luckily, Price has presented several opportunities for me to find my place within the Real Estate community. Among these, I loved getting the opportunity to meet and network with other women in Real Estate. The panels held by the Women in Real Estate have been both encouraging and motivating as I pursue a career as a woman in such a male-dominated field.

Q. What skills have you developed in your time at Price?

A. If anything, I have developed a newfound sense of confidence while at Price. Professors and my advisors, Sonia and Russ, are so supportive in helping us gain the confidence we need to achieve our goals.

Q. Tell us about your internship experience.

A. I am currently a student worker in Culver City’s Building and Safety division. Important aspects of my job include working with inspectors in arranging city inspections as well as organizing plan checks between city planners and engineers. Working in the public sector has been a great experience. The knowledge I have gained through working with a wide range of city developers, planners, architects, and engineers has been a great transition into finding the most fitting ‘real world’ careers for my personal interests.

Q. What class have you enjoyed most at Price and why?

A. I am really enjoying my PPD 245: Urban Context for Policy and Planning. I love learning about the types of people and behaviors that affect city planning, from millennials to baby boomers.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. I would like to work in developing affordable housing in Los Angeles. The homeless population is only increasing and their needs must be met.

Q. What is the best advice anyone has given to you regarding your education?

A. “If at first you don’t succeed, smile until you do.” Attending USC can be difficult and overwhelming at times, but it’s important to remind yourself to enjoy every experience; failures and successes alike. Most importantly, fight on!