USC Price School of Public Policy

Ferris named to National Park System advisory board

April 8, 2014

By Farrah Azizi


USC Price School of Public Policy Professor James Ferris has been selected to serve on the philanthropy and partnerships committee of the National Park System (NPS) Advisory Board.

Among its responsibilities, the committee is charged with advising the NPS on how best to align its policies to set a new direction for philanthropic alliances in the 21st century.

“Partnerships are increasingly critical to the success of government agencies and nonprofits alike,” said Ferris, holder of the Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and director of the USC Center on Philanthropy and Policy. “I look forward to helping the National Park Service forge a new path about how to increase the impact as a result of philanthropic-private partnerships.”

The committee of 14 consists of corporate and nonprofit executives drawn from current NPS partnerships, as well as thought leaders from universities, museums and foundations and other subject matter experts.

Following a series of briefings, white papers will be produced from which the NPS will update its policies to articulate a strategic vision involving philanthropy and partnership, allowing for new, more entrepreneurial partnering practices. The resulting policies will also seek to engage new audiences and allies system-wide as the National Park Service looks toward its centennial in 2016.

In addition, Ferris was recently featured in an interview on Marketplace, commenting on the increasing role of private philanthropy in public services.