USC Price School of Public Policy

William Leach


Assistant Professor (Nonresident Teaching)

Phone: (310) 270-8202

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. in Environmental Policy

University of California, Davis


Collaborative governance, economics, planning, social policy, environmental policy, health policy

Biographical sketch

Bill Leach teaches in the Price School’s online master’s program in Public Administration. His research on collaborative approaches to policymaking and implementation appears in the top journals in public administration, public policy, and political science. Dr. Leach has directed over $1 million of research sponsored by the National Science Foundation and private foundations, and has provided scientific and policy advice to state and federal agencies including the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the National Research Council. Prior to joining USC, he served as Research Director for the Center for Collaborative Policy at California State University, Sacramento, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. He graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley, earned a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in environmental policy from UC Davis.

Courses taught

PPD 500 – Intersectoral Leadership
PPD 501ab – Economics for Policy, Planning and Development
PPD 542 – Policy and Program Evaluation
PPD 545 – Human Behavior in Public Organizations
PPD 546 – Professional Practice of Public Administration
PPD 590 – Directed Research
PPD 628 – Urban Planning and Social Policy