SPPD Updates in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento


Professor Genevieve Giuliano, holder of the Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government and senior associate dean for research and technology at SPPD, met with Congressional staff from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the House Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, and the offices of California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and Reps. Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, David Dreier and Laura Richardson on March 17.

Dean Jack Knott was part of a delegation of USC trustees and senior administrators that participated in the university’s annual visit to Washington, D.C., on March 15, to meet with legislators and officials. The group urged legislators to continue to invest in education and scientific research, even in difficult budget times, and explained how USC leverages federal funds to educate students, develop the cures and ideas that will power the future, create jobs, and improve our community. The USC delegation met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured above), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Norman Dicks (D-WI), among other legislators.

Professor Richard Green, director and chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, addressed the housing crisis during a March 11 discussion at the USC Washington, D.C., Center, the second in a planned series of events by SPPD and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The event was organized by Adam Clayton Powell III, director of Washington Policy Initiatives at USC.

Professor Dana Goldman, director of the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and David Westphal of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism spoke at a health policy roundtable in the USC Washington, D.C., Center. The talk was part of the USC Communications and Public Policy Forum, a collaboration between the two schools. Dean Jack Knott moderated the March 8 event, which was organized by Adam Clayton Powell III. Goldman holds the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Chair in Medicine and Public Policy.

Dean Jack Knott spoke at a meeting on “PMF and Pathways Programs: Reinventing the Old and Implementing the New,” hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration on March 7.

SPPD professor Genevieve Giuliano and Petros Ioannou of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering participated in the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in January. Giuliano is also director of the METRANS Transportation Center.


Dean Jack Knott – who was in Sacramento Feb. 25 for a reception in honor of the initial $1 million endowment of the Chester A. Newland Professorship in Public Administration at the USC State Capital Center – also met with the Little Hoover Commission and the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, an arm of the California Chamber of Commerce.