USC Price School of Public Policy

About the Authors



Group Member Bios:

Colleen Dilenschneider, Caitlin Ishigooka, Zoe Melczer and Jessie Nemiroff are all Master of Public Administration candidates graduating in Spring 2011. This case was written in Spring 2010 for PPD 675: Nonprofit Management and Leadership, taught by Dr. David Suarez.

Colleen Dilenschneider’s area of interest is community engagement in museums and cultural nonprofits. Her blog, Know Your Own Bone, traces the evolution of cultural nonprofit practices and has been featured in national and regional association newsletters, professional conferences, and on the syllabus of Museum Studies graduate programs. Prior to pursuing her MPA, Colleen produced creative public events at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. She holds a BA in English and Visual Arts from The University of Chicago.

Caitlin Ishigooka is currently focused on community development and affordable housing, both through her course curriculum and her work at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. Prior to pursuing her MPA, she was part of the first group of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers to Cambodia where she taught English at the high school level and worked in community development. She received her BA in English and a minor in Political Science from UCLA.

Zoe Melczer is a Los Angeles native who made frequent visits in her youth to the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. She has spent the past four years working in the development department of the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Her career interests are focused on enhancing educational opportunities. She received her BA in Metropolitan Studies and Spanish from New York University. In addition to her MPA, Zoe will also receive a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy from USC Price.

Jessie Nemiroff’s work at USC Price has been concentrated in the field of nonprofit management and policy. Prior to pursuing her MPA, she worked for five years in nonprofit fundraising, most recently as development associate at the Geffen Playhouse theater company in Los Angeles. Her career interests include the governance, programming and financial sustainability of community arts organizations. She received her BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz.


Paul Vu, Tyler Durchslag-Richardson, and Michael McCreary hold B.A. degrees from UCI, UCSB, and UCLA respectively. They are 2011 Masters of Public Policy candidates who collaborated on their article for PPD 560: Methods for Policy Analysis. They chose to examine the ports’ clean trucks program because it is a topic that blends a variety of their common academic interests: health, social welfare, environmental policy, regional economic development and transportation.


Teddy Minch is a first year Master of Public Policy student concentrating in Civil Infrastructure Finance and holds his undergraduate degree in Political Science & Government from Tufts University. He wrote “The Pauper’s Crown” for PPD 533 – Planning History and Urban Form – as an MPL candidate during the Fall 2010 semester, his first at USC Price. As a graduate research assistant with METRANS, he has conducted research on alternative infrastructure financing opportunities within California for the Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission. He has also completed directed research with the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy examining the purported benefits of a national high speed rail network, as well as opportunities for integrating private capital into high speed rail delivery more significantly than at present. Teddy is interested in all things infrastructure, public finance, and transportation, and is looking forward to broadening his research experience in the coming semesters with work on comparative airport economics as well as public-private partnerships for social / “soft” infrastructure in California.


Marc Mertz is an Executive Master of Health Administration student graduating in Summer 2011. This work was originally submitted in Professor Catherine Kay’s Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery (PPD 513) course. Mr. Mertz is a healthcare consultant who specializes in hospital/physician alignment strategies and improving the performance of physician groups. He received his undergraduate degree in Health Services Administration from James Madison University.