Ella Brunsman (bio)
Julia Danson (bio)
Alya Kalra (bio)
Rinsoluwa Oisaghie (bio)
Jay Nair (bio)
Bella Robakowski (bio)
Arleth Cespedes (bio)
Hannah Franco (bio)
Amanda Li (bio)
Kimiya Malek (bio)
Katie Negroni (bio)
Katie Ross (bio)
Nay Nwe (Kristina) Htin Aung (bio)
Sabrina Camacho (bio)
Saman Hagigat (Bio)
Hassina Latif (Bio)
Meagan Oefelein (Bio)
Leticia Rodriguez (Bio)
Dylan Vaccaro (Bio)
Raffi Balci (bio)
Cody Ela (Bio)
Devon Heaney (Bio)
Erica Lee (Bio)
Ramiro Luis Pacheco (Bio)
Kayla Saeidian (Bio)
Bronte Yamodim (Bio)
Nick Cerdera (Bio)
Isaac Lemus (Bio)
Johan Santiesteban Chavez (Bio)
Danielle Dirksen (Bio)
Lilly Nie (Bio)
Justin Welling (Bio)
Ella Brunsman is a dedicated senior at the University of Southern California. Ella is currently studying Public Policy and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Policy and Law. She has professional experience in nonprofit management. She is passionate about sustainability, volunteering, and sailing and is interested in contributing to the private or public sector by leveraging public policy expertise combined with passion for service and leadership.
Arleth Cespedes is a sophomore currently majoring in Public Policy. She is pursuing a minor in Social Entrepreneurship within the Marshall School of Business. As New Jersey native, she is passionate about advancing underrepresented communities within Corporate America through human resources and inclusion initiatives.
Ellie Crecelius is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky studying Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy. She is also completing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Decision Analysis through the USC School of Pharmacy. Her favorite part about the Price school is the diverse programs offered for students with varying interests. For instance, Ellie had the privilege of participating in the Price Semester in Washington D.C. program her spring semester of sophomore year. During the program she was able to intern for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and take classes with skilled and knowledgeable professors. Ellie also participated in the Price on the Rhine program the summer before her junior year where she gained an international perspective on public administration while studying in Speyer, Germany. These experiences have solidified her appreciation for the Price School and its faculty. Upon graduation, Ellie will work in Deloitte’s government consulting practice.
Julia Danson is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Public Policy and Law and minoring in Spanish. Her freshman seminar class, Education Inequality from Cradle to College, inspired her to continue her studies in public policy and call Price her home at USC. She has a passion for addressing social issues and believes that being a member of Price and the amazing community will prepare her to become an effective leader and problem-solver. She volunteered on campaigns for Hillary Clinton, Jan Schakowsky, and other local candidates in Chicago, Illinois, and hopes to work on the next presidential election in 2020. Last summer she interned on Capitol Hill where she supported health policy initiatives through attending briefings, writing memos, and doing data research. On campus, she served as the President of the Jumpstart Club, where she led student volunteer efforts in nearby preschool classrooms and at other local events involving low-income preschool children. In addition, she is a Price School of Public Policy Student Ambassador, a Campus Crew Member of Love Your Melon, and a member of Delta Delta Delta at USC. In the future, she hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in the public sector.
Hannah Franco is a sophomore from Montebello, CA studying Public Policy with a concentration in Advanced Policy Analysis and a double-minor in Behavioral Economics and Spanish. She plans to complete her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and stay in Los Angeles to work in urban development. Having interned with An Alliance for a Better Community and with work experience at the Price Center for Social Innovation, Hannah is passionate for grassroots advocacy and aims to use the opportunities offered at the Price School to make a difference in her community.
Jenna Hoskison is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy and Management and a minor in Business Law. She was drawn to the Price School for its small class sizes, tight-knit community, esteemed faculty and impactful vision. The Price school provided Jenna the opportunity to participate in a semester abroad program in the Netherlands where she learned about the Dutch healthcare system and their various health policies. She is motivated to expand upon this knowledge to discover how some of the Dutch healthcare system’s successes may be able to improve the U.S. healthcare system’s quality of and access to care. Since being in Price, Jenna has developed a passion for advocacy and law and hopes to attend law school following graduation.
Alya Kalra is a second year undergraduate student at Price and is originally from San Francisco, CA. She is currently majoring in Public Policy and wants to focus on Health Policy and Management. She hopes to complete a Progressive Degree at Price and obtain a Master of Health Administration. Alya has a passion for social work and improving the community around her. She has interned at nonprofits dedicated to bettering education and other sectors, volunteered at several organizations, and is excited for Price to continue furthering her education and deepen her passion for social change.
Amanda Li is a sophomore from Lafayette, CA double majoring in Public Policy and Business Administration. She chose Price because of its comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum regarding the advancement of social equity through policymaking and civic engagement. Participating in debate, volunteering in her community and abroad in Nepal and Panama, and interning at nonprofits and social enterprises sparked her interest in advocacy work. She currently serves as the Director of Internal Relations of VoteSC, an independent student-run organization dedicated to registering the USC community to vote.
Andre Luna is from La Puente, a small town in the San Gabriel Valley, 30 minutes east of Los Angeles. Andre is the first in his family to go to University and he intends to use his education to pursue a career in the legal field and eventually enter the political realm. He began his career at USC in Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences but discovered Price before the conclusion of his first year. He decided to explore what Price had to offer by taking one class in the school and was immediately interested in making it his school. Since his sophomore year he has dove head first into Price School of Public Policy and has been exponentially loving his decision with each passing day. He is now entering his junior year as a Public Policy and Law Major, and with the support of Price faculty and community is very confident his goals can be reached.
Rinsoluwa Oisaghie is a sophomore from Clayton, California studying Public Policy with and emphasis on Policy and Law she also has a double minor in Sociology and Economics. She chose Price because she enjoys the tight knit community it offers as well as it emphasis on relevant policy research. As a naturalized citizen she was drawn to policy because of her interest in immigration law and human rights. Rin has a passion for social justice and spends her time engaging in community organizing. Originally from Nigeria she has spent time in parts of West Africa working on sustainable energy solutions. This past summer she interned at The Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office developing her knowledge of Criminal Law. She hopes to use her passion for policy making to reform the US immigration system and improve conditions for minority communities.
Kimiya Malek is a sophomore studying Public Policy with an emphasis in law, and is working towards her progressive Master’s in Public Administration. She hopes to go to law school and practice public interest law. She is from San Jose, California, where her passion for advocacy stemmed from her active participation in policy debate and journalism. At USC, Kimiya competed with the trial advocacy program for a semester and is currently a volunteer for JusticeCorps, an AmeriCorps organization that provides legal information in family law, helping self-represented litigants seek justice.
Carmen Mascarenhas is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA pursuing a major in Public Policy with a concentration in Philanthropy, Nonprofits, and Social Innovation, as well as a minor in Psychology and Law. She chose Price because she of its interdisciplinary approach to education and wants to dedicate her life working on in issues of social inequity that affect the local community. She is particularly concerned with children’s issues, and currently serves as the Director of Fundraising on USC Troy Camp’s Executive Board; she is incredibly passionate about the work that Troy Camp does with kids from 3-12 grade in the local community surrounding USC. She is also an active member of Los Angeles Community Impact, which is a pro-bono nonprofit consulting organization run by USC students. She loves working with local nonprofit clients and learning more about the sector while helping these organizations better serve the community.
Jay Nair is a sophomore from Little Rock, AR, majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Advanced Policy Analysis. He is also majoring in Business Administration in Marshall with a minor in Applied Analytics. As the co-director of External Affairs in USG and the Director of Fellowship in Marshall Student Government, he has worked on issues ranging from student homelessness and National Homelessness Awareness Week to sustainability around campus. Jay also co-founded Students Care with his brother, an organization that tutors underprivileged students on their ACT/SAT and helps students obtain scholarships for college. Price has given him a community that has enabled him opportunities such as internships for the Governor of Arkansas, in the US Senate, and at the White House. Jay hopes to pursue a JD/MBA in the future. Aside from work, Jay enjoys playing guitar, basketball, spending time with his family and friends, as well as hiking around Southern California.
Katie Negroni is a senior majoring in Public Policy and Law, with a minor in International Relations. She has participated in the Price on the Rhine study abroad program in Speyer, Germany, where she was able to study public administration and law from a comparative perspective. Katie also did a semester abroad in the spring of her junior year in Dublin, Ireland. These international experiences have furthered her desire to work in areas of international importance. She has interned at the Los Angeles County Bar Association as well as the District Attorney’s Office in Queens, NY. Upon graduation Katie hopes to attend law school and eventually pursue a career in legal advoacy, constitutional, or international law.
Vanessa Nguyen is a freshman from Wichita, Kansas who is pursuing a BS in Public Policy. As someone captivated by the idea of diagnosing and addressing problems with an innovative mindset, Price was the perfect fit. In addition to satisfying her passion for improving communities, on a small and large scale, Price provides the critical thinking skills necessary for her future plans of higher education and a career in law. Outside of Price, she is involved with the Trojan Debate Team.
Bella Robakowski is a freshman at USC studying Public Policy. She is from Thousand Oaks, California, and has a deep passion for political activism. Bella is an intern for Mayor Garcetti, and is a co-founder of a gun violence prevention organization, NeverAgain SoCal. Bella is also an avid USC Football fan, and is excited to continue the legacy of the Trojan Family.
Katie Ross is a junior from Burbank, CA majoring in Public Policy with an emphasis in Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Katie recently switched into Price and has been impressed by the incredible resources, dynamic curriculum, and its driven mission to improve lives. She recently interned at Everytable, an LA-based social enterprise aimed at creating healthy meals at an affordable price to expand accessibility to all. This experience helped Katie solidify her passion for changing structural issues in society that neglect to serve all constituents. After college, she plans to gain expertise in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector in hopes of launching her own community-based organization one day!
Julian Wolff is a student at the USC Price School of Public Policy, pursuing both a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and a Master of Public Administration. Julian’s time at Price uniquely prepared him for professional experiences in the U.S. House of Representatives, Coconino County Public Affairs Department, and one of LA’s top political consulting firms. Julian values his Price education for the professional skills he has gained through his experience in the industry and work with government leaders.
Nay Nwe (Kristina) Htin Aung grew up in Myanmar, and her experiences inspired her to be a part of a program that exposes her to policy, real estate, business, and architecture. Kristina hopes to return one day to establish women empowerment organizations and help reform the education system. After graduation, she would like to gain work experiences before pursuing her entrepreneurial goals. Beyond this, Kristina is also an aspiring writer of children and young adult novels.
Raffi Bali was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Raffi attended high school at Armenian General Benevolent Union (A.G.B.U.) from kindergarten to 12th Grade. Raffi is currently pursuing a double degree in Real Estate Development and Business Administration. Raffi’s hobbies are cars, soccer, sports, and photography.
Niki Buss is a senior from San Diego, CA studying Real Estate Development. Originally, she picked the Price School because of its unique Real Estate Development major, and because of the way the Real Estate Development track intermingles public policy and social awareness into the curriculum. She loves Price because of the opportunity for hands-on learning within the School. Niki is also a member of the Trojan Real Estate Association, and an on campus Christian fellowship called Reformed University Fellowship.
Sabrina Camacho is a senior at USC. Sabrina is a first generation and transfer student. Sabrina’s major is real estate development and minoring in Entrepreneurship. At USC, Sabrina is involved in many different clubs and organizations and can provide a unique insight on campus life! Although USC is a huge school, it has a very special community that truly makes it feel like home. Please feel free to reach out to Sabrina if you want to talk about USC!
Cody Ela is a junior from Long Beach California pursuing a bachelors degree in Real Estate Development with a minor in Finance. He interned last summer in downtown Los Angeles working for Cushman & Wakefield serving as a market research analyst where he helped develop a 3-D program used for property pitches. He currently works on a college bed rental start-up founded at Dartmouth where he serves as a USC sales partner. In his free time he love to play on the club water polo team and spend time his friends. He hopes to pursue a career in Real Estate Finance such as real estate investment banking.
Nicole Gozini is a senior from Los Angeles. She is pursuing the Real Estate Development track in the Price school because it combined many of her interests such as planning, and business. She is passionate and interested in the way cities grow and seeing the development of cities through real estate. She grew up with a family that is heavily involved in Real Estate and grew up admiring magnificent buildings. She recently interned in JP Morgan’s Real Estate Asset Management Division. Nicole is fascinated by the never-expiring business and hopes to one day own her own Real Estate firm that focuses on development and value add investments. She is looking forward to getting more involved with TREA, however, outside of Real Estate, Nicole enjoys running and spending time at the beach.
Saman Hagigat is currently a senior majoring in Real Estate Development in the Price School of Public Policy. On campus, he is a member of the Trojan Real Estate Association and Tamid Group. He was named on the Price Fall and Spring 2018 Deans List. Saman spent his Spring 2019 semester studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia and is currently looking for full-time opportunities in real estate upon graduating.
Devon Heaney is a junior majoring in Real Estate Development and Planning. Devon is from Garden City, NY. She chose the Price School because of their extensive networking opportunities and alumni support. Both of her parents work in the real estate industry as well. At USC, she is a member of the Trojan Real Estate Association. Devon is also student-athlete at USC and is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team.
Andy Kim is a sophomore from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA studying Real Estate Development. Initially coming into USC aspiring to study a variety of academic disciplines like policy and business, he chose to study Real Estate Development because he gravitated to the major’s application of policy and business through the development of real estate in America. From his education in real estate development, he is interested in pursuing real-estate law in order to connect policy, business, and law to partake in real estate development projects in metropolitan areas. Outside of his studies, he is involved in USC’s Korean Campus Ministry and works at the USC Gould Law School Library.
Hassina Latif is a Senior majoring in Real Estate Development with a minor in Business. She chose Price because she appreciates the hands-on learning experiences in the classrooms and her profound passion for Real Estate. After she joined her program, she realized how interesting the program is because it focuses on her interests of business, planning, and real estate. Hassina spent this past summer interning at Keller Williams as a Commercial Real Estate intern.
Erica Lee is a sophomore majoring in Real Estate Development with a minor in Construction Planning and Management. She became interested in studying real estate after witnessing the expansion of multiple single-family communities in her hometown of Irvine. Erica is involved as a student associate at the USC Price business office, as well as an active member of the Trojan Real Estate Association, Blockchain Group at USC, Share A Meal, and Concerto Concert Orchestra. She loves how Price’s tight-knit community allows her to explore the different facets of real estate and gives her numerous opportunities to further her career goals.
Genna Lipman is a junior from Thousand Oaks, California. As a sophomore transfer student, Genna changed her major from International Relations to Real Estate Development, due to a passion for interior design and multifamily properties. This past summer, she interned at a Real Estate Development company in Tel Aviv, Israel to explore the differences and similarities of domestic and foreign real estate. As a member of Trojan Shelter, Genna aspires to learn more about the homeless population and help address problems arising with the housing crisis in Los Angeles. Through the Trojan Real Estate Association, she has gained a deeper understanding of the profession through the networking events and professional speakers. Genna plans to start her own development company and own multifamily properties throughout the Los Angeles area.
Meagan Oefelein is a Junior from Irvine, California majoring in Real Estate Development at the Price School. She transferred from Wake Forest University after her freshmen year largely because of the RED major curriculum Price offered. She found the close-knit Price community a perfect environment to enjoy personal attention at a large university. Meagan is passionate about real estate due to the tangibility of it and has always been curious about the built environment. She enjoys the way in which the Price major provides an excellent blend of public policy, urban theory, and more skill based real estate concepts to provide a well-rounded base for a career in Real Estate. Meagan is a member of the Trojan Real Estate Association where she is able to further grow professionally in the field of real estate, as well as a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Outside of real estate, she enjoys running, the beach, traveling, and exploring new places in LA.
Ramiro Pacheco is a rising junior at the University of Southern California where he is pressuring a degree in Real Estate Development at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. His interested in Real Estate began during his time at a community college in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was working towards an architecture degree. After taking different architecture courses at his community college he feel in love with the development aspect of architecture. In the future Ramiro plans to give back to travel to Latin America to help with development projects in impoverished areas.
Dara Phung is a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area studying Real Estate Development at Price and Piano Performance at the Thornton School of Music. She was drawn to the Price School for its emphasis on public policy and social justice. Dara is passionate about increasing awareness of the social impact of real estate development by encouraging productive dialogues between developers and their communities. After graduation, Dara hopes to attend law school while continuing to pursue music.
Leticia Rodriguez is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Real Estate Development in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business. Leticia has genuinely always had a passion for business; since she could remember she has always aspired to be her own boss!
Kayla Saeidian is a first semester junior pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Real Estate Development. Kayla is currently a member of Trojan Real Estate Association and Undergraduate Planning at Price. Kayla found her interest in Real Estate when she was interning for a developer in Los Angeles and turned an old outdated commercial studio into a gorgeous one bedroom apartment with the help of the contractor, architect and designer. Kayla saw firsthand how to turn a space into something beautiful with innovation, teamwork and patience. Kayla is looking forward to learning more about real estate, especially the development process of having a vision and turning that vision into reality. Kayla hopes to become a developer and use the knowledge she gains at USC to help pursue her career in real estate. Outside of Real Estate, Kayla enjoy hiking, cooking and listening to music.
Lena Shapiro is a junior studying Real Estate Development with a minor in Construction Planning and Management. Not only is she a proud Price School student because of the wonderful education that she receives, but also because of the opportunities that enable her to explore her interest. Last semester, she worked as a Research Assistant for Affordable Los Angeles, a research project led by the Price Center for Social Innovation. In addition to her studies at the Price School, Lena is an executive board member of AIESEC at USC which is a student led non-profit partnered with the United Nations to create cross-cultural volunteer experiences.
Dylan Vaccaro is a sophomore from New York City studying Real Estate Development with a minor in architecture. Originally, he picked the Price School for its highly specialized Real Estate Development major, and the unique way the Real Estate Development track intertwines the social responsibility of public policy with the business of real estate. In addition to the exemplary academics, the Real Estate Development program offers an immense network of active professionals working on all sides of the industry. After emerging from USC Dylan aspires to utilize both the knowledge and connections he has made while at USC to develop his own full service Real Estate firm focusing on underutilized markets and value add investments. Dylan is also a member of the Trojan Real Estate Association, and a teaching assistant for the Nautical Science Program.
Bronte Yamodim is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s in Real Estate Development in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Living in Los Angeles, California all of her life, Bronte has been amazed by the reformation of properties throughout her neighborhood which interested her a lot in the Real Estate industry. She decided to join USC because the Trojan Family allows an immense amount of networking that could one day led her to working with the best professionals out there. She is currently a member of Trojan Real Estate Association.
Nick Cerdera is a junior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who studies Urban Studies and Planning. He chose the Price School because of its specialization in public policy issues. The wide variety of resources and the ample opportunities for internships and research truly made Sol Price stand out. Nick hopes to help plan public transportation systems in urban centers once he graduates. Outside of Price, Nick is a member of Los Angeles Community Impact, which is a student organization that consults for nonprofits based in the city. He is also a member of the Roosevelt Institute which conducts policy research on relevant topics concerning transportation, housing, and education
Danielle Dirksen is a fourth year majoring in Urban Planning and pursuing a double minor in Environmental Studies and Occupational Science. She is interning with Metrolink’s Planning and Development department through fall semester. Transportation is Danielle’s niche and she is fascinated by buses, trains, scooters, and the like. In her free time, she aspires to learn how to skateboard and play the acoustic guitar. Feel free to ask her more about why bus-only lanes are amazing, or why she switched from Dornsife into Price!
Joan Lee is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning. She chose Price because of the amazing resources and opportunities it has to offer, as well as its focus on public service. Joan is passionate about sustainability in the built environment, affordable housing, and community service. Outside of Price, she is a teaching assistant for Critical Issues in Race, Class, and Leadership Education, involved in Undergraduate Planning at Price, the Roosevelt Network at USC, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Joint Education Program.
Isaac Lemus is a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, studying Urban Studies and Planning with minors in Architecture, Spanish, and Music Production. As someone who values the pursuit of diverse interests and perspectives, he knew from the start that the Price school and USC community as a whole would offer a home like no other. Aside from being a student ambassador, Isaac also works as a Tour Guide at the USC Admission Center, helping prospective students from all backgrounds connect with this incredible university. In the future, Isaac plans on perusing a career in urban design, where he can look at the intersectionality between regulation and aesthetics.
Lilly Nie is a junior studying Urban Planning and Spatial Sciences, with an interest in community engagement, equity-driven development, and accessibility to sustainable, alternative modes of transportation. As an aspiring planner and public servant, Lilly endeavors to build healthy, active communities through socially conscious design. She is a Los Angeles transplant (Chicago native), voracious reader, casual knitter, jazz/lo-fi enthusiast, budding latte artist, classically-trained musician, and unapologetic homebody.
Yerandy Pacheco is a Junior from Brooklyn, NY who studies Urban Planning and Studies with a minor in Economics. As a New York City native cities, transportation, community health issues, and much more fascinate Yerandy and she wants to know why things change, and how she can be apart of the change to benefit all forms of people from various backgrounds. She chose Price because of the well versed curriculum, the small classroom size, and the endless resources available to aid in her success. At Price, she found community through the Price Latino Student Association and served as the Undergraduate Representative. Outside of Price, Yerandy was part of the First-Generation Mentorship Program, where she was able to learn more about the Urban Planning career path and was connected with various alumni in the field.
Johan Santiesteban Chavez is sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona, majoring in Urban Studies and Planning. Despite thinking he wanted to be a civil engineer since middle school, once Johan discovered Urban Studies and Planning he knew it was the perfect fit. Price offers a plethora of resources and receives its students with open arms, it is evident they want you to be successful and form part of the community. This is particularly true for Johan, since he is a first generation, out of state student, so Price definitely made my transition easier than it is for most. Johan is intrigued by the possibilities for innovative development in cities through the incorporation of sustainability and the complexities associated with it all. After interning at a traffic engineering firm for various years, Johan was exposed first-hand to these predominant issues in growing cities and how we can implement efficient methods to solve these problems. Johan is also involved in clubs like Undergraduate Planning at Price and the Construction Management Association of America. In addition, Johan hopes to soon get involved in research regarding the issues we face in a growing urban world.
Justin Welling is currently a junior studying Urban Studies and Planning. Justin has had a passion for cities and the transportation of people and things since he was a young boy. Price is allowing Justin to fulfill his passion and pursue his dreams of designing cities and adequate transit systems.