USC Price School of Public Policy

Mark Pisano

Mark Pisano

Professor of the Practice of Public Administration

Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 312
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

Phone: (213) 740-1280


Regional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy, enterprise financing, institutional design

Biographical sketch

Mark Pisano is a Professor of the Practice of Public Administration at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He currently serves on the Board of the National Academy of Public Administration and Co-Chairs the Standing Panel on Intergovernmental Relations. He is Co-chair of the Infrastructure Working Group of California Forward. He is Chairman of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a national non-profit developing an alternative funding paradigm for funding infrastructure and public goods. For 31 years, he served as executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest regional planning agency. The association consists of a voluntary group of local governments that focuses on dealing with many vital local issues, including aspects of environmental conditions, transportation, housing and development. As Executive Director, he contributed greatly to the implementation of the Alameda Corridor Plan. Before joining SCAG, Mark Pisano served as director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Quality Planning Division. He has also co-founded and held positions at various not-for-profit and governmental associations, such as the California Center for Research and Development, California Federation for Energy and the Environment, California Hazardous Waste Management Authority, LINC Housing, and California Leadership. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University.