USC Price School of Public Policy

Alumni Spotlight Archive

Over the years, USC Price has put the Spotlight on our outstanding graduates who create impact on their communities. Read about them here — and be sure to let us know about your accomplishments, too!


ATaylor_2721R-228x300Anthony R. Taylor, BS ’97
Attorney and USC Price alumnus Anthony R. Taylor believes “the most important thing in life is having that passion and drive and will that you never quit, no matter what.” That passion and perseverance were essential in Taylor’s role as the lead civil litigator for the City of Bell, as he helped recover millions of dollars for the city and its residents amid a widely publicized corruption scandal. As a result of his efforts, Taylor was named California Lawyer magazine’s 2015 Attorney of the Year in the category of municipal law.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD CALIF. - FEB. 18, 2015. John Dawson has made a career out of expanding the reach of some of the nation's best known chains, first with Dunkin Donuts, then with McDonald's. Now, in his first job as CEO, Dawson has been tapped to grow the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brand. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

John Dawson, MRED ’87
The Los Angeles Times highlighted Price alumnus John Dawson, president and CEO of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, in a recent Q&A article, “The Man Behind the Brand.”
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chifeinjoDavid Feinberg MPL ’09, Lauren Chianese MPP ’10, Priti Johari MPP ’06
For a dozen years, David, Lauren, and Priti traveled remarkably similar courses from different parts of the country. From their varied experiences, they drew identical conclusions about education and equity. Last year, their paths finally crossed when the three were brought together as participants in the Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) Public Leadership Fellows program.
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wang-thumbWendy Wang, MPP ’01
Wendy is the president of the USC Price Alumni Association Board of Directors and a member of the Athenian Society’s Leadership Council. A Dean’s Merit Scholar, Wang graduated in 2001 with a Master of Public Policy. Presently, she serves as the corporate director of community education, outreach, and public policy at Pacific Clinics, the largest non-profit behavioral health care provider in L.A. County.
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RonnieLottRonnie Lott, BS ’81
Ronnie Lott has won a lot of awards in his athletic career — All-American safety at USC, four-time Super Bowl champion, an inductee of both the pro and college football halls of fame. So when Lott says he places the USC Alumni Merit Award above them all, it’s quite a statement.
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Colleen DilenschneiderColleen Dilenschneider, MPA ’11 
In 2011, Colleen Dilenschneider graduated from USC Price’s Master of Public Administration program with a concentration in nonprofit management. Today, she is the Chief Market Engagement Officer for the marketing intelligence and consulting company IMPACTS, where she makes big data accessible to organizations and specializes in audience engagement initiatives and digital marketing. In addition, Colleen also dedicates her time to helping advance the service sector through her popular website, Know Your Own Bone, a resource that offers creative online engagement strategies and best practices for nonprofit and cultural organizations including museums, zoos and aquariums.
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Aja Brown

Aja Brown, ’04, MPL ’05
Aja Brown said that one of her favorite things about being a student at USC Price was “the expectation to do well and make a difference.” As the newly elected mayor of the city of Compton, she now has the opportunity to turn that expectation into reality.
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Chris Steins

Chris Steins, MPL ’95
Chris Steins is the founder and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Internet consulting firm Urban Insight, Inc., and editor of Planetizen, the urban planning and development network. A nationally recognized consultant in the field of technology and urban planning, Chris has worked with a broad range of clients in government, education and the private and nonprofit sectors.
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Kabira Stokes

Kabira Stokes, MPP ’10
After graduating with a Master of Public Policy from USC Price in 2010, Kabira Stokes is the founder and CEO of Isidore Electronics Recycling. The LA-based company provides electronics recycling services, while also functioning as an on-the-job training and employment program for previously incarcerated individuals who face barriers to employment.
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Haifa Reda Jamalallail

Haifa Reda Jamalallail, Ph.D. ’91
Dr. Haifa Reda Jamalallail graduated with her Ph.D. from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in 1991. Today, Dr. Jamalallail is the president of Effat University, the leading institution of higher education for women in Saudi Arabia.
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Jaime Carias

Jaime Carias, MPP ’10
Since graduating from USC Price in 2010, Jaime Carias began working at CSU Long Beach as a recruiter and counselor for incoming freshmen for the College Assistance Migrant Program. He also recently launched an educational organization, College Success Services, which strives to create college-going cultures for students and institutions across the country.
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Noah Dormady

Noah Dormady, PhD ’12
After graduating with his PhD in Policy, Planning, and Development from USC Price in 2012, Noah Dormady accepted a tenure-track position at Ohio State University, where he is now an Assistant Professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. He has taught courses in policy analysis and environmental/energy policy, and is conducting research related to carbon auction designs and electricity markets.
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Imran Farooq

Imran Farooq DPPD ’11
Imran Farooq DPPD ’11 proved that he was ready for his close-up during the broadcast of SOS: Sustaining Our Society, a PBS documentary based on his USC Sol Price School of Public Policy doctoral project. The documentary — available for viewing online — demonstrates how Farooq used private investment to acquire and rehabilitate an abandoned, foreclosed property and improve the surrounding neighborhood block in the 62nd Assembly District, an area hard hit by the housing crisis in San Bernardino, Calif. It’s also the region where Farooq grew up and the place that he still calls home.
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Michael Gazzano

Michael Gazzano, MRED ’12
Michael Gazzano graduated this past May with his Master of Real Estate Development from USC Price. He was recently promoted to Development Manager of Caruso Affiliated, renowned developer of retail and residential properties and one of the industry’s premier firms. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the Price School.
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Kiyomi Burchill

Kiyomi Burchill, MPA ’11
Kiyomi Burchill, 28, graduated with her Master of Public Administration from the USC Price School in 2011. This past December, she was appointed assistant secretary of the State of California’s Health and Human Services Agency by Governor Jerry Brown.
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Bob ChampionBob Champion, MRED ’96
Bob Champion MRED ’96, is the founder and president of Champion Real Estate Co., one of the pioneers in creating urban mixed-use project developments. He is a leading national expert on shopping centers, vertical retailing, public-private partnerships and mixed-use development with retail, residential, office and entertainment components. His company’s mixed-use developments in Southern California include Gaslamp CitySquare in San Diego, The Pasadena Collection and The Burbank Collection.
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Courtney Silver

Courtney Silver, BS ’11
Courtney Silver is a recent alumna of USC Price, having graduated in May 2011 from the real estate development track of the school’s undergraduate program. A week after graduation, she began working for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in downtown Los Angeles, as a production analyst in its multifamily division.
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Ronald Arias

Ronald Arias, MPA ’74
MPA alumnus Ronald Arias retired December 2012 as the director of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services — a post he’d held for 12 years. His career as a public servant spans 22 years with the City of Long Beach.
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Phillip ChenPhillip Chen, MPA ’05

Phillip Chen is a graduate of USC Price’s MPA program. Currently, he works as the health deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, where he is responsible for helping formulate policy in all aspects of county health, public health and mental health services. He also serves as a reserve deputy for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. This past November, he was elected to the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.
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