About Us

John Sonego

John Sonego

John Sonego joined the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy as Associate Dean of External Affairs in 2011. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of development and programming for major gifts, corporate relations, foundation and federal relations, alumni relations, outreach programs and annual giving.

Prior to joining USC Price, John was the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Affairs for UCLA’s School of Public Health, leading a team responsible for raising more than $13 million per year. Before joining UCLA, he served as a consultant bringing a wide range of development and communications experience to an array of clients, including Enterprise Community Partners, Equality California, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), The Skid Row Housing Trust and the Housing Authorities for the City and County of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD and as Vice President at the Rogers Group.

John received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. from the University of Santa Monica.

Carole King

Carole King joined the USC Price External Affairs team in June of 2017 as the Executive Director of Development and Foundation Relations. She works closely with key stakeholders including alumni, community members, and foundations to ensure support for the Price School’s mission and expand its impact.

Prior to joining USC, Carole worked for 15 years as a fund development leader with nonprofits in New York City and Los Angeles. She succeeded in garnering grants, major gifts, government contracts, and corporate support for vital missions serving the elderly, children, cultural exchange, and those struggling with homelessness. Funds raised helped deliver meals to the homebound elderly through City Meals-on-Wheels, teach underserved students to improve cognitive skills through Chess-in-the-Schools, and provide long-term housing through the Alliance for Housing and Healing. Before working as a fundraiser, Carole was a history teacher in New York City public schools.

Carole earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Theatre from Gettysburg College and her M.A. in Education from New York University.

Kristi Patton


Kristi joined the USC Price Development team in February 2014. As the Director of Alumni Relations and Events, Kristi oversees the management of the USC Price alumni board of councilors as well as alumni and parent-related events. She is responsible for recruiting younger members to the Athenian Society, the school’s premier philanthropic support group. Prior to USC Price, Kristi oversaw stewardship and events at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. There, she spearheaded the opening of the school’s newest state-of-the-art Interactive Media building in June of 2013. She began working at USC in 2007 at the Office of Protocol and University Events, where she planned and executed prestigious large-scale development and fundraising events with most of the units and schools across the university. With her vast knowledge of the USC community and over 10 years of development and event experience, Kristi is a valuable asset to the USC Price Development team.

Kristi has also worked for Nordstrom and ESPN on large scale events including Nordstrom store openings, the ESPY Awards and ESVPN X Games. Kristi holds a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. from USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism.

Harlisha Hamm

Harlisha Hamm joined the USC Price School External Affairs team in October 2018 as the Director of Programs and Events.  She brings to the Price School more than a decade of university events and development experience, most recently as the Director of Special Events and Event Planning at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) where she was for over 11 years.  At the Graduate Center, Harlisha ran the Special Events team and Room Reservations department, she was appointed the coordinator of the CUNY Campaign for Charitable Giving, and was a member of the President’s cabinet.  Prior to her tenure at the Graduate Center she held positions in alumni relations and annual giving at Pace University and events, alumni relations and communications positions at Stony Brook University.

Harlisha is a recent transplant from New York City where she was born and raised.  She earned a Master’s in Social Work with a unique Student Community Development Specialization in Higher Education (SCD) certification and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Journalism from Stony Brook University located in New York.

Sukhie Bal

Sukhie Bal HeadshotSukhie Bal joined the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy as Senior Director of Development in April of 2019. She is responsible for overseeing programming and major gifts with relation to parents and all international constituents. She also staffs the Price School’s Learning to Excel Academically and Professionally (LEAP) Program, which is focused on undergraduates.

Sukhie has almost fifteen years of fundraising experience, including major gifts, corporate relations, and sponsorships. She was at USC Marshall for almost seven years, and was an integral member of a team that helped raise $400 Million. She has also worked at UC Santa Cruz and UC Los Angeles. She enjoys volunteering when she has the chance, including at Chrysalis and local animal shelters.

Sukhie holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz, CSUN, and is currently working on a graduate degree at USC. She looks forward to graduating and becoming a member of the Trojan Family! She also holds certificates from Marshall’s Executive Education Programs. She is conversationally fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, and is in the process of learning Mandarin.