USC Price School of Public Policy

LEAP Leadership Council


Steve Pfahler


Judge – State of California Superior Court
LEAP Co-Chair – 2017–18

Hon. Steve Pfahler has been a Judge with the Superior Court for the State of California since 2006. He was appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. During the past 11 years on the bench, Judge Pfahler has presided over both criminal and civil trial matters. He has also served on the Court’s Access and Fairness Committee, Security Committee, Diversity Committee, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Prior to becoming a Judge, Pfahler practiced law at Bannan, Green, Frank & Terzian (partner), Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, and Lebeouf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. He also served as the City Attorney for the Cities of South Pasadena and Rolling Hills Estates, as well as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Calabasas. He specialized in civil litigation in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, employment law, land use, municipal law, and education law. He was recognized as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine.

Pfahler received his Bachelor of Science (Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. His daughter began attending USC in Fall 2017.

Rachel Clifford

Rachel Clifford

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism ’87
USC Price Parent
LEAP Co- Chair – 2018-2020

Upon graduating from the University of Southern California in 1984, Rachel Clifford began her career in the Los Angeles office of the advertising agency Foote, Cone and Belding. After several years in their media department, she was presented with an opportunity to join USC’s Doheny Library development office as they embarked on a new capital campaign. While there, she also assisted in the creation of the Scripter Awards, an honor bestowed annually by the USC Libraries Board of Councilors in recognition of the year’s best adaptation of the printed word into film.

Following the successful completion of the capital campaign, Rachel decided to pursue a new challenge and joined The Walt Disney Company. Her focus was on marketing and product development for animated sound tracks, as well as audio and visual product for children featuring the Disney characters. She remained with Disney for four years before becoming Director of Marketing for the Time Warner “Kids” label, a venture that fell under the Warner Bros. music umbrella.

Motherhood became Rachel’s full time priority when her son, Robbie (USC Price student, Class of 2021), was born. From there she jumped into the world of volunteering for his schools. While he attended The Center for Early Education, she served as Chair of the Library Committee, Co-Chair of the annual Gala, and Co-Chair of the Book Fair. The family moved to Marin in 2008 where Robbie attended St. Mark’s School. There she served as the Co-Chair of the Book Fair for two years as well as on the Parent Council. When she returned to Los Angeles in 2011, Rachel continued her volunteerism as Co-Chair of Windward School’s Annual Fund Drive for three years with her husband Bob.

For the past five years Rachel has also been involved with Operation Mend, a privately funded organization that partners with the U.S. Military to heal the wounds of war by delivering leading-edge patient care, research, and education at no cost to those they treat. Rachel, Bob and Robbie have had the pleasure of serving as a “buddy family” for various wounded soldiers who are admitted into the program and receive their treatment at UCLA Medical Center. Rachel, Bob and Robbie are also involved with The Navy Seal Foundation and participate in their annual Joggin’ for Frogmen Race in San Diego.

Gerald (Jerry) Anderson

Jerry Anderson

USC Marshall School of Business ’87
USC Price Parent
LEAP Vice Chair – 2018-19

Jerry Anderson (Marshall BS ‘87), and his wife Christi (Dornsife BA ‘87, Suzanne Dworak-Peck MSW ‘18) have made their home for the last 20 years in Thousand Oaks and Hidden Hills, CA. They have three children, all currently attending USC (Lauren – Gould JD ‘19, Amy – Marshall MSSE ‘19, and Aaron – Price BRED ‘19). Jerry is Vice President of Leasing for the Macerich Company, and has been associated with it for over 30 years. Macerich is a S&P 500 company, and is one of the country’s leading owners, operators and developers of major retail real estate (NYSE:MAC). Macerich has a market capitalization of approximately $8 billion with 53 regional and community properties throughout the United States with seventeen in California, including Santa Monica Place, Los Cerritos in Cerritos, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Fashion Fair in Fresno, and The Oaks in Thousand Oaks.

Anderson is a CA licensed real estate broker and holds a CLS certification through the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is active in a number of non-profit organizations, including: USC Athletics Board of Counselors; USC Athletics Mentor Program; USC Price School LEAP Committee; and the Crespi Carmelite Foundation. He was a long time participant in the Oaks Christian School Fundraising Committee, the Conejo Valley YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. As a parent volunteer, Jerry also served for many years as a volunteer coach in youth leagues throughout the Conejo Valley.


Mike Lederer (Chair Emeritus 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)
Sarah Chang (Chair Emeritus 2016–17, 2017-18)
Robert Clifford
Christi Anderson
Charles and Elaine Miwa
Chris and Jolyn MacArthur
Harry Zimmerman
Randall and Katherine Roger
Christina and Fred Peck
Beth and Adnan Rawjee
Anthony and Leslie Basalari
Michael and Barbara Boarnet
Karen and Paul Buss
Leanne and Ron Coben
Sar and Aida Kotoyan
Neil and Kate Malik
Jacqueline and Dan Lion
Bob Ruth
Tamara Nikzad
Brian and Lynn Rogers
Jim and Mary Jo Kauker