Position: Senior Project Manager, Pennington Construction Advisors, Inc.
Education: Master of Science in Civil Engineering, San Jose State University; Master of Science in Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Loper/Dr. Christian Redfearn
Eddie has over 15 years of experience as a construction project manager in the commercial real estate industry. His research examines policies that impact real estate development construction projects that attract and retain foreign direct investments in the U.S.
Position: Program Specialist & Research Coordinator, Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at USC Gould School of Law.
Education: Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy, Brown University; Bachelor of Science in Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Sonja is interested in mental health care policies and service delivery systems, specifically perinatal mental health. Sonja has led research initiatives at the Saks Institute since 2017. Her previous experience includes teaching in both domestic and international schools.
Position: Group Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Education: Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech; Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech; Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Antonio Bento
Brad leads the Water Resource Management Group at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, where he has worked since 1990. His team plans for the region’s long-term water supply, preparing for drought and changing climate. His research examines the potential for regional decision-making to improve access to safe drinking water.
Position: Founder, Kit Cole Consulting
Education: Master of Public Administration, USC; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Davis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marlon Boarnet
Katherine’s consulting focus is on community outreach and engagement, especially engaging with hostile communities around big infrastructure.
Position: Deputy Director, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Pacific AIDS Education Training Center, and Technical Assistance Provider Innovation Network (TAP-IN)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles
Faculty Advisor: Dr. LaVonna Lewis
In her professional role, Sandra advances innovative public health strategies to improve the HIV care continuum. Her research interest is public policy related to advancing social, political, and structural change to achieve health equity and end the HIV epidemic.
Position: Senior Analyst and Consultant, RAND Corporation; Adjunct Instructor, Master of Public Administration program, USC
Education: Master of Arts in International Relations and Affairs, Syracuse University; Master of Public Policy, USC; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Seattle University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Juliet Musso
Brandon’s expertise is in data science, economics and policy analysis. Prior to joining the Rand Corporation, he worked on Capitol Hill and in state government. Brandon’s research interests include artificial intelligence, public finance, economic policy, federal rules and regulations, budgets, national security, privacy, and public diplomacy.
Position: Faculty Affairs Manager, USC Viterbi School of Engineering; Health Policy Instructor in USC’s Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) Program
Education: Master of Health Administration, USC; Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. LaVonna Lewis
Diana’s professional experience is in higher education. Her research examines family caregiving, filial responsibilities, and healthcare utilization within the Filipino-American community.
Position: Head of Strategy and External Relations, USC Price Center for Social Innovation; Adjunct Instructor, USC
Education: Master of Public Administration, USC; Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, California State University, Long Beach
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Painter
Megan’s professional expertise is in fundraising, communications, and external relations. Her research examines social innovation, philanthropy, and impact investing.
Position: Director, Urban Arts Labs; Co-founder, Just the Ticket
Education: Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations, Lancaster University; Master of Laws, The University of Hong Kong; Bachelor of Laws, University of Westminster
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lois Takahashi
Jessica is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, with expertise in legal, business and strategic advice as well as cultural development. Her research interests include reproductive rights, reproductive technologies, sociology of work, remuneration and benefits, and social innovation.
Position: Assemblymember, State Assembly, CA District 59
Education: Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, USC
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erroll Southers
Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer was elected to the State Legislature in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 and 2016. His history of public service includes serving as the Director of Asset Management for Los Angeles and Assistant Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles. His primary research interest is the transformation of the criminal justice system.
Position: City Manager, City of Bradbury, CA
Education: Master of Public Health, Cal Poly Pomona; Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, University of California, Irvine
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Robertson
Kevin serves on the executive board of directors for David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, and on the advisory board for CivicPulse, an organization providing current, nonpartisan data to local governments. His research examines municipal employees’ reactions to city council member incivility.
Position: Special Advisor, Management Partners; Lecturer, USC Gould School of Law
Education: Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School; Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Stanford University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Terry Cooper
Jennifer has broad experience in law and government, including terms as Mayor and City Council Member for Palos Verdes Estates. Her law firm represented clients in civil appeals and post-trial matters. Her research interest is collaborative practices in local government.
Position: Senior Director of Finance, Ballad Health; Adjunct Professor, American College of Healthcare Executives
Education: Master of Health Administration, USC; Bachelor of Science in Biology/Business, California State University, Stanislaus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Phil Dalton
Matt’s research interest is improving access, lowering cost, and improving the quality of care in healthcare through reimbursement drivers.
Position: Clinical Associate Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Education: Master of Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Government, Claremont McKenna College
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Deborah Natoli
Tina’s professional expertise includes public child welfare, developmental disabilities, local government and nonprofit management. She is a board member of the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Her research examines child care options in LA County and the experiences of working parents.
Position: Senior Threat Assessment Officer, University of Southern California
Education: Master of Arts in Higher Education, University of Denver; Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, University of Denver
Kelly’s professional expertise is in threat assessment and targeted violence prevention. She currently oversees planning and responses at USC’s Healthcare Enterprise. Her research interest is specific strategies to prevent violence within healthcare systems.
Position: Senior Executive Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, USC
Education: Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julie Zissimopoulos
Hossein’s professional expertise is in finance and fundraising. His research is focused on public health issues, particularly related to Alzheimers Disease
Position: Director, Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, USC Gould School of Law
Education: Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing, San Francisco State University; Bachelor of Arts in English, Loyola Marymount University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Deborah Natoli
In his professional role, Chris oversees development, planning, and implementation of research and activities related to mental health law, policy, and ethics. His particular research interest is in public policy and programs that impact mental health and autonomy for people with psychiatric disabilities.
Position: Self-employed Rule of Law Development Consultant, Attorney; Adjunct Instructor, Loyola Law School
Education: Juris Doctor, McGeorge School of Law; Master of English, Long Island University; Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, University of North Dakota
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rym Kaki
Dawn’s professional expertise includes International rule of law development, justice sector reform, and gender in the legal profession. She intends to research international rule of law development with a focus on women legal professionals.
Position: Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education, USC School of Social Work
Education: Master of Social Work, California State University of Long Beach; Bachelor of Rehabilitation Services, California State University of Los Angeles
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Deborah Natoli
Holly’s professional expertise includes the prevention of human trafficking, school-based violence and crisis response, interpersonal and inter-group conflict and mediation, child abuse and family violence. She is researching public school programs to prevent human trafficking.
Position: Program Officer, The Ahmanson Foundation
Education: Master of Education, Harvard University; Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Ithaca College
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nicole Esparza
Sara’s professional expertise is in philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and collaborative grantmaking. Her research interests include implicit racial bias, trust-based philanthropy, and social justice.
Position: Associate Dean of Corporate Engagement and Programs, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Education: Master of Arts in Communication Management and Information Technology, USC; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Information Systems, USC
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Moore
Candace serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Engineering Educators, Continuing Professional Development Division. Her research focuses on the development of continuing engineering education programs.
Position: Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety, Paramount Pictures; Founder and President, Partners for Water; Adjunct Instructor, Citrus College
Education: Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration, California State University, Long Beach; Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration, Waldorf University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Detlof von Winterfeldt
Jason’s professional expertise is in occupational safety/health and emergency response. Through his nonprofit organization, Jason oversees water management and sustainability projects in Nigeria. His research focuses on corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, and development in under-resourced places.
Position: Director of Real Estate and Property Management, Loyola Marymount University
Education: Master of Real Estate Development, USC; Master of Business Administration, Cal State, Dominguez Hills; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, San Diego State University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Green
Jeffrey’s research interest is workforce housing solutions. He currently oversees housing programs for Loyola Marymount University, where he also assists with acquisitions, property management, and real estate development. Previously, Jeffrey managed USC’s workforce housing programs, including the USC Neighborhood Homeownership Program.