USC Price School of Public Policy

Paul Danczyk

Director of Executive Education in Sacramento,
USC Price School of Public Policy


Biographical Sketch:

Paul Danczyk, PhD, is the Director of Executive Education in Sacramento for the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy.

In his current capacity, Paul designs, coordinates and presents in leadership and management programs – impacting national, state and local governmental and nonprofit organizations – teaches master-level classes on strategic management, leadership, negotiation and public administration in California and Mexico, and is an executive coach. He cofounded and is the lead author of

Paul was elected Vice President of the American Society for Public Administration in December 2016, the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that:

  • Advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration.
  • Promotes the value of joining and elevating the public service profession.
  • Builds bridges among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally.
  • Provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values.
  • Achieves innovative solutions to the challenges of governance.

He is a former National Council representative for ASPA, representing the eight-state District 5 membership (Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah); a past president and current board member of ASPA Sacramento Chapter; and a past president of the USC Alumni Club of Sacramento. He served on the Asian Pacific State Employees Association Steering Committee and the World Affairs Council/Sacramento Chapter executive board. In his local community, he was an appointed member to the Amador County Behavioral Health Advisory Board and was on the Amador Community College Foundation Board.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, he directed a teacher-training program at the National Institute for Educational Development.

Paul earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on Public and International Affairs; Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California; and BS in education from the Pennsylvania State University.

He was featured in a Q&A article on executive leadership development in the California Special Districts Association’s magazine.

Videos & Presentations

Paul Danczyk Introduction: ‘Three Defining Moments that Shaped My Career, Perspectives’


LA County Executive Leadership Development Program interview featuring Paul Danczyk (2016)


Organizational Change and Strategic Planning


Navigating Leadership


Redefining Customer Service: Breaking Down Silos