Undergraduate Ambassadors

Public Policy Ambassadors


Amy Chong (bio)
Email: amychong@usc.ed

Ellie Crecelius (bio)
Concentration: Health Policy and Management
Email: creceliu@usc.edu

Julia Danson 
(bio)
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Email: jdanson@usc.edu

Jenna Hoskison  (bio)
Concentration: Health Policy and Management
Email: hoskison@usc.edu

Danielle Kaiser (bio)
Concentration: Health Policy and Management
Email: dfkaiser@usc.edu

Rick Keaton (bio)
Concentration: Health Policy and Management
Email: rkeaton@usc.edu

Amanda Li 
(bio)
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Email: liac@usc.edu

Kimiya Malek 
(bio)
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Email: kmalek@usc.edu

Lauren Mullarkey- Williams (bio)
Email:mullarke@usc.edu

Katie Negroni 
(bio)
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Email: negroni@usc.edu

Kelli Reitzfield 
(bio)
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Email: kreitzfe@usc.edu

Rebecca Suh 
(bio)
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Email: suhrebec@usc.edu

Terrance Ware Jr. 
(bio)
Email: tware@usc.edu

CJ Wechsler 
(bio)
Concentration: Philanthropy, Nonprofits, and Social Innovation
Email: cwechsle@usc.edu

 

Real Estate Development Ambassadors


Nay Nwe Htin Aung
 (bio)
Email: naynweha@usc.edu

Niki Buss(bio)
Email: nicoleeb@usc.edu

Sabrina Camacho
(bio)
Email: camachos@usc.edu

Nathan Droger (bio)
Email: ndroger@usc.edu

Nicole Gozini (bio)
Email: ngozini@usc.edu

Saman Hagig (bio)
Email: hagigat@usc.edu

Leora Hakim
(bio)
Email: leorahak@usc.edu

Miche Kempe
(bio)
Email: mkempe@usc.edu

Sarin Kotoyan 
(bio)
Email: skotoyan@usc.edu

Kyra Li
(bio)
Email: kakali@usc.edu
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Samantha Schroff
(bio)
Email: sschroff@usc.edu

Jae-Jae Segal (bio)
Email: jaejaese@usc.edu
Bronte Yamodim
Bronte Yamodim (bio)
Email: byamodim@usc.edu
 

 

 

Urban Studies and Planning Ambassadors


Nick Cerdera
(bio)
Concentration: Environmental Policy
Email: cerdera@usc.edu

Danielle Dirkesen (bio)
Email: ddirksen@usc.edu

Joan Lee (bio)
Email: joanjlee@usc.edu

Isaac Lemus
(bio)
Concentration: Urban Planning
Email: ilemus@usc.edu

Lilly Nie 
(bio)
Email: lillynie@usc.edu

 

 


USC Price Undergraduate Ambassador Bios


Amy Chong is a senior majoring in public policy with an emphasis in law, and is a first-year progressive degree student in the Masters of Public Administration program. She transferred from East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and served as President for the Delloro Social Justice Program, which is a social-justice based program for prospective transfer students. She was an intern for American Federation of Teachers, Local 1521, which sparked her interest in grassroots organizing and politics. Amy’s internships with the California State Assembly and the California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, showed her the effects of public policy, the importance of state politics and policies, and keeping the federal government legally accountable for their actions. During the summer of 2018, she was selected to be a Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellow to be a congressional intern in Washington, D.C. for Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. After graduation, she plans on working with policy at the California State Assembly/Senate, or move to Washington, D.C. to become a full-time public servant. Aside from work, Amy enjoys playing golf, spending time with family/friends, running, hiking, and taking outdoors adventures.


Eleanor Crecelius is a junior from Louisville, Kentucky studying Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She plans to complete a Master’s degree in Public Policy and afterwards attend medical school in hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Her favorite part about the Price school is the diverse programs offered for students with varying interests. For instance, Eleanor 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. Eleanor 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.


Julia Danson is a junior majoring in public policy with a concentration in Public Policy and Law and minoring in Spanish. She has participated in study abroad programs in both Madrid, Spain and Cusco, Peru. Julia’s 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 in communities. Julia has volunteered on campaigns for Hillary Clinton, Jan Schakowsky, and other local candidates in Chicago, Illinois, and hopes work on the next presidential election in 2020. On campus, Julia serves as the President of the Jumpstart Club, where she leads student volunteer efforts in nearby preschool classrooms and at other local events involving low-income preschool children. In the future, she hopes to earn a progressive degree in Public Policy from Price School of Public Policy, pursue a career in the public sector, and possibly attend law school.


Jenna Hoskison is a junior majoring in Public Policy with an emphasis in Health Management and minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Business Law. She was drawn to the Price School for its small class sizes, tight knit community, esteemed faculty and impactful vision. Since being in Price, Jenna has developed a passion for advocacy and law and hopes to attend law school following graduation.


Danielle Kaiser is a third year undergraduate student from Santa Clarita, California. She is studying Public Policy with an emphasis in Health Management at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, and is also pursuing a minor in Gerontology at the USC Leonard Davis School. Danielle has a passion for public service and bettering the lives of those around her, specifically in the healthcare field. She hopes to one-day advocate for hospital patients while working in the administrative side of healthcare

Rick Keaton Jr. is a senior pursuing a major in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy and Management, as well as a double minor in Public Health and Popular Music Studies. He is a Leonard D. Schaeffer Government Service Fellow and a USC Global Fellow, and recently spent his summer in Taiwan conducting health policy research at Taipei Medical University, focusing specifically on disaster management policy and universal single-payer system design. On campus, Rick is an active member of Troy Camp, Society 53, Chief of Staff for the Undergraduate Student Government, all while previously serving as a two-year Resident Assistant in South Residential College. Off campus, Rick manages the Department of Government Relations for the Los Angeles County Medical Association, advocating the organization’s health policy positions to local, state, and federal government officials in efforts to improve quality, access, and affordability of healthcare within the county.


Amanda Li is a freshman from Lafayette, CA studying Public Policy on the Pre-Law track with an emphasis in Public Policy and Law. 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 non-profits working on issues regarding housing, immigration, and civic engagement sparked her interest in advocacy work. She currently serves in Undergraduate Student Government as an External Affairs Advocacy Delegate, working to increase campus engagement with the surrounding community.

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.

Lauren Mullarkey-Williams is a senior who will be graduating with her BS in Policy, Planning, and Development in 2019 and MS in Geographic Information Science and Technologies in 2020. Lauren is passionate about understanding how people live, work, play, and move within different communities, and she has had the chance to visit countless new cities through research projects, internships, and her semester abroad. She hopes to combine her wide variety of interests through a creative and data-driven approach to planning.


Katie Negroni is a junior from Long Island, NY with a focus in Public Policy and Law and a minor in International Relations. She chose Price because of its interdisciplinary course structure and strong emphasis on improving the quality of life for all. Katie has interned with the Los Angeles County Bar Association assisting with pro-bono legal work. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in the legal field.


Kelli Reitzfeld is a sophomore from West Los Angeles earning a degree in Business Administration, Public Policy and Law, and Art History. Her goal is to pursue the intersection of art politics and social justice by curating for, or managing, a major contemporary art museum. She is interested in framing and contextualizing controversial art pieces for productive conversations as it relates to important social issues. While completing her undergraduate degree, Kelli is applying for a progressive degree in Master of Public Administration—Arts Leadership.

Rebecca Suh is a junior pursuing her bachelors of science in Public Policy. She grew to love public policy while advocating for equity issues with her high school district’s school board. As soon as she discovered USC Price, she fell in love with all it had to offer, including the outstanding faculty, the opportunities for student involvement, the flexibility to explore areas of study, and most importantly its vision. She currently interns at the legal nonprofit the Alliance for Children’s Rights, volunteers in the community with the USC Helenes, and is highly involved in her faith communities. Rebecca hopes to pursue a career in public interest law to advocate for children and differently abled people. She is grateful to USC Price for all the opportunities she’s received!


Terrance Ware Jr., a native of Los Angeles, from Watts is a transfer junior double majoring in Accounting & Public Policy. He plans to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant immediately following his undergraduate studies. He also plans to further explore his interest in policy making and law while being involved within his local community and state government. Then move on to federal government with hopes to someday run for president of the United States of America. Terrance is the former Associated Students President at Santa Monica College. Where he co-founded the Brother to Brother Mentoring Program at SMC, a program that pairs up male students from the Black Collegians and Adelante Programs with male students from John Adams Middle (JAMS). Terrance is thrilled to be a part of the Trojan family and is here to help others in any way he can. Fight On!


CJ Wechsler is a junior majoring in Public Policy with an emphasis in Philanthropy, Nonprofits, and Social Innovation and double minoring in Spanish and Gender Studies. She is the President of USC’s Residential Housing Association, serving as the primary student liaison to the Office of Residential Education and representing residents’ interests at university affairs. She is also Vice President of External Affairs at USC Hillel, developing relationships with student organizations to bridge interests and collaborate on programming and initiatives. In this role, she co-founded the student organization Nice Jewish Queers (NJQ) to provide a community that explores and promotes the intersectionality between Jewish spirituality and all sexualities and gender identities. CJ is passionate about identity-based advocacy and community building, further exemplified in her involvement as a Girl Scouts troop leader and Special Olympics coach. After graduation, she aspires to volunteer in the Peace Corps to help communities uplift themselves.

Nay Nwe Htin Aung is a sophomore from Myanmar studying Real Estate Development with a minor in Business Finance. Impassioned by her strong desire to come up with creative solutions to the social, economic, and political issues her country is facing, she has stayed actively involved back home and on campus to build herself. When she first came to USC, she was confused about how to commit to one major when she was interested in what seemed to be a plethora of fields and fortunately found a home in Price, which offered her a diverse curriculum to prepare her to be not only a leader in business, but also an agent for change. Her future goals include starting her own University, establishing a non-profit that builds schools in low-income areas, pushing for more women rights in Myanmar, and launching her own business. Beyond the classroom and the pages of her endless list of dreams, she is an absolute bookworm who aspires to publish her own novels.

Nicole Buss is a junior 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. Nicole is also a member of the Trojan Real Estate Association, and an on campus Christian fellowship called Reformed University Fellowship.

Sabrina Camacho is a junior transfer student at the USC Price School of Public Policy with a major in Real Estate Development. She is a first-generation college student and is so grateful to be at USC where they truly have a commitment to their students to provide the best education possible. Besides the transfer student community, on campus Sabrina is also involved with the Latino Business Student Association and Trojan Real Estate Association. At USC, she is a volunteer and tutor for underprivileged children through the USC Caruso Catholic Center. Sabrina is also a new member of Delta Gamma fraternity. Outside of school, her interests include baking, trying new restaurants, going to the beach, and her mini labradoodle puppy.

Nathan Droger is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development. Born in Sherman Oaks and raised in Brentwood, he has always loved Los Angeles. During his senior year in high school, Nathan interned at a commercial real estate firm and was amazed by all of the opportunities that exist in the real estate industry. When it came to applying to schools, he focused his attention on USC, knowing that he could receive a top-tier education while living in his favorite city. Once he joined the program and discovered the endless networking opportunities that came with being a Price student, he knew he made the right decision. In addition to social and religious organizations, Nathan has joined the Trojan Real Estate and Marshall Real Estate Finance Association at USC. His future aspiration is to utilize the connections he has made at USC to work in multifamily development in the West Los Angeles region.


Nicole Gozini is a junior 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. Nicole 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 most recently interned at Colony Capital in Downtown LA. 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. Outside of Real Estate, she enjoys running and spending time at the beach.


Saman Hagigat is currently a junior 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. As a member of Tamid Group, he spent a semester consulting for a start-up company named Musico. He was named on the Price Spring 2018 Deans List. Saman spent his summer interning in Israel for a real estate company named Trio and is currently looking for study abroad opportunities.


Leora Hakim is a senior from Los Angeles, double majoring in Real Estate Development in Price and Business Administration in Marshall. She appreciates the tight-knit community Price is able to provide to students, and the close relationships it allows her to develop with peers and professors alike. Leora’s work experience varies from the brokerage, development, marketing, and finance silos of real estate. Upon graduation she is hoping to blend her two academic backgrounds to pursue a career in real estate finance. On campus, Leora is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, an active member of the Trojan Real Estate Association (TREA) and Marshall Real Estate Finance Association (MREFA), TAMID Group, and is a third year mentee in the Career Advantage Program. In her free time she enjoys dabbling in site tours, trying new foods, learning about interior design, and playing indoor volleyball.


Micha Kempe is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the Real Estate Development major and a Business Administration minor. He recently transferred from Santa Monica College. His interests are in the field of Land Use, Mixed Use Development, Shipping container housing, Modular housing development and Transportation Planning. Growing up in Los Angeles, Micha has always been amazed at how cities work. He chose the Price School of Public Policy because he felt that it is a warm community with high academic standards that he could pursue his career in Real Estate Development.

Sarin Kotoyan is a senior from Los Angeles, California majoring in Real Estate Development. She chose USC Price because it felt like family, giving her the ability to get to know her peers and professors on a more personal level. Her interest in Real Estate stemmed from a young age when she was exposed to all sides of the real estate industry including, finance, development, and management. Real Estate Development at the Price School provided her with the ability to pursue all her interests under one major. Sarin hopes to one day specialize in Commercial Real Estate Finance!

Kyra Li is currently a junior from Hong Kong majoring in Real Estate Development and minoring in Web Technologies and Applications. Growing up in a metropolitan city, she was captivated by the urban landscape from a young age. Her father’s real estate career inspired her to pursue these passions. She chose USC Price because of the small community and the wide range of opportunities it offers. She hopes to one day bring back the knowledge she gains at USC to her hometown.


Samantha Schroff is a senior from Newport Beach, CA, pursuing a track in Real Estate Development. As a junior high school student, Samantha fell in love with USC from the moment she stepped foot on campus for a USC football game. Samantha had many varied interests in real estate, business, finance, community service and philanthropy, and really had no clue how she was going to be able to bring them all together. When the USC Price Real Estate Development Bachelor of Science degree was announced, Samantha felt a huge sense of relief and excitement because the Real Estate Development track fit all of her criteria and would allow her to join all of her diverse interests into one cohesive program of study. Samantha states that although the USC Price School is on a major university campus, Price has a close-knit “family” feeling, strengthened by a genuine collective desire to make the world a better place. Samantha’s desire to improve her local community and understand how the U.S. Congress accomplishes this on a national and local level, led to her participation in a Congressional internship during the 2016 summer. Outside of her schoolwork, Samantha, a Town & Gown Scholar, is a member of TREA (Trojan Real Estate Association) and her sorority, and also rides for the USC Equestrian Team, additionally serving as President for the team.


Jae-Jae Segal is a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development track at Price. She grew up in Santa Monica and Altadena, CA. She learned to love architecture, buildings and cities from her architect and artist parents. When not in the classroom, you can find Jae-Jae on the tennis court. Jae-Jae appreciates the small and diverse Price community because it feels like family and there are so many resources to help you succeed.


Bronte Yamodim is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s in Real Estate Development in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, with a minor in Business Law from the Marshall School of Business. 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 and also on the Executive Board for Marshall Real Estate Finance Association (MREFA).


Nick Cerdera is a sophomore 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 junior at Price majoring in Urban Studies and Planning, with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Occupational Science. She originally started off her undergraduate journey in Dornsife as an Environmental major but now could not be happier as a Price student! Danielle loves the tight-knit community and all the resources the school has to offer. Her favorite part of Price is actually talking about policy and transportation with other like-minded individuals


Joan Lee is a freshman pursuing a bachelor of science in Urban Studies and Planning. She chose Price because of the amazing resources it has to offer, the tight-knit community, and the opportunities provided for its undergraduate students. Joan is passionate about sustainable development in cities and hopes to work in public transportation after graduating. Outside of Price, she is a part of CIRCLE and is currently working on a research project through the Roosevelt Institute.


Isaac Lemus is a junior 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 sophomore majoring in Urban Planning and minoring in Spatial Studies. Fascinated by the political, social, and spatial elements of urban design, Lilly assists with research at the Spatial Sciences Institute, where she is currently investigating alternatives to the existing urban fabric of Los Angeles neighborhoods. As a former intern at Public Matters, Lilly is particularly interested in youth outreach, representation, and equity in planning practices. Outside of Price, Lilly is a paddler on the USC Dragon Boat Team, a volunteer for The People Concern, and the Communications Director at the Institute of Transportation Engineers. She is always available as a resource, friend, and mentor, and encourages freshmen to reach out to Price ambassadors for anything and everything.