About the Editors


Abby Goldstein

Abby Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief
Abby Goldstein is a second-year student in the Masters of Public Policy program at USC Price. In addition to acting as Editor-in-Chief of the Review, Abby is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and Neon Tommy, a local news site run by the USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. Abby grew up in Bethesda, MD and received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Abby has worked in Congressional and Senate offices on Capitol Hill, numerous Democratic campaigns, and has also worked for Washington and Los Angeles-based public affairs firms. Following graduation, she hopes to gain a job that combines her passions for Public Policy and communication.

Aurea Adao

Aurea Adao, Senior Editor
Aurea Adao is a dual Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Arts Studies student at USC’s USC Price and the Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts, respectively. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from California State University of Northridge. Through experience in internships with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Public Art Department, Metro Creative Services and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles’ Development Control/Cultural Arts Department, she hopes to continue exploring the relationship between artistic practices and site activation in urban environments.

Eleanor Chen

Dr. Eleanor Chen, Senior Editor
Dr. Eleanor Chen is a dentist returning to get her Master’s in Health Administration to work in the health policy field. She has been actively involved in community outreach programs providing charity work and has worked in organized dentistry confronting major health care issues for nearly a decade. Concerned with the growing problems like the lack of access to health care and explicit health care disparities, Eleanor is motivated to return to school to better understand these problems’ complexities to help work towards the solutions. She graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 2005, completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program from Columbia University in 2006, and has practiced in private practices and nonprofit hospitals. She is currently practicing dentistry for the Miller’s Children Hospital in Long Beach while attending USC as a full-time MHA student. For the future, she aspires to balance her dental career with work in the health policy field.

Robert Fukumoto

Robert Fukumoto, Managing Editor Robert Fukumoto is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at USC’s School of Policy, Planning & Development. Robert is originally from Monterey Park, California and received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to graduate school, he was a Coro Fellow, and worked for Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper, Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment, and the Government Accountability Office. After his graduation from USC, he hopes to go back to work in the government or do consulting work. His policy interests include Program and Policy Effectiveness and Evaluation, Management, Budget, Appropriation and Fiscal Policy, and Financial Regulatory Reform.

Pernell Jones

Pernell R. Jones, Senior Editor
Pernell R. Jones is a second year Master of Health Administration candidate at USC Price. His background includes biomedical research and HIV/AIDS prevention strategies. Pernell started his healthcare management career at HealthCare Partners Medical Group & IPA, working as an administrative intern in human resources and business solutions. He is currently completing his administrative residency in operations and marketing at Providence – Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA. While at USC, Pernell is also president of the Student Health Council, a student organization aimed at providing students with the professional, academic, and social skills that are critical for success in the healthcare industry. After graduation, Pernell will become the newest administrative fellow at Palomar Pomerado Health System in San Diego County.

Martin Kulli

Martin Kulli, Senior Editor
Martin Kulli will graduate in May 2010 with a dual Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business and a Master’s of Real Estate Development from USC Price. Prior to graduate school, Martin was a Project Director at Developers Research, where he consulted on land development acquisition and construction feasibility analyses. Martin specializes in highest-and-best-use scenario analyses, cash flow modeling, and profitability analyses for land development projects. Prior to Developers Research, Martin gained a solid market research background while employed with the Meyers Group. Martin earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 2003. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Builders Industry Association.

Matthew Pahl

Matthew Pahl, Senior Editor
Matthew Pahl is a Master of Public Administration candidate at USC Price and is a City/County Management Fellow. A native of Minneapolis, MN, Matthew received a B.A. in History from Saint John’s University (MN). Prior to his graduate work at USC, he taught for 3 years on the Navajo Nation as a Teach For America Corps Member (’05). Matthew’s graduate studies have focused primarily on public performance management and local government finance. While at USC, he interned with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and in the City Manager’s office of the cities of Lake Forest, CA and Rancho Palos Verdes, CA . Following graduation, Matthew will join the U.S. Government Accountability Office as an Analyst.

Smita Satiani

Smita Satiani, Senior Editor
Smita Satiani is a Master of Public Policy student at USC Price where she serves as a Senior Editor of the Review and the Co-Chair of the USC Asian Pacific-Islander Policy Caucus. While at USC, Satiani also serves as a contributor to The Huffington Post and on the Center for American Progress’ Campus Progress Speaker’s Bureau for women’s advocacy. Prior to USC, Satiani served as a Public Policy Associate for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization in Washington, D.C., a field organizer for MoveOn.org, and worked for a Member of Congress on Capitol Hill. She completed her B.A. in Criminology/Law with minors in Political Science and Women’s Studies from University of California, Irvine and has also studied at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. Following graduation, Satiani will serve as a Clinton-Orfalea Fellow in the William J. Clinton’s Economic Opportunity Initiative in New York City.

Amber Savage

Amber Savage, Senior Editor
Amber Savage is a Master of Public Administration Candidate at USC Price, focusing on non-profit management. Prior to returning to graduate school, Amber was an educator in a Los Angeles-area public high school where she taught for five years in the social studies department. Her main area of focus was world history, but she also taught classes to second language learners, as well as coordinated a program designed to help minority students prepare for university acceptance upon completion of high school. Amber left teaching to return to graduate school and pursue her dream of working in the arena of human rights research and advocacy. As a supplement to her graduate work, and in order to gain practical experience in an international non-profit organization, Amber interned in Human Rights Watch’s Cairo and Los Angeles offices. She has spent the last nine months working as an event planner in the Development and Outreach Divison of Human Rights Watch.

Brettany Shannon

Brettany Shannon, Senior Editor
Brettany Shannon is a Master of Planning Candidate at USC Price. She researches informal urban art activism and what its interventions can teach formal planning praxis. While at USC, Brettany is a Senior Editor of the Southern California Policy, Planning & Development Review and the communications chair of USC Price’s Associated Students of Planning and Development. Prior to returning to academia, she lived and worked as an arts fundraiser in San Francisco. Brettany received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She will begin her coursework for a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development in the fall of 2010.

Andrew Slaton

Andrew J. Slaton, Senior Editor
Andrew Slaton will graduate this May from USC’s Master of Real Estate Development program at USC Price. Slaton received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before returning to school, Andrew worked on a variety of non-profit projects as an AmeriCorps VISTA and as Project Manager for an affordable housing developer in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he led single-family and multi-family developments, obtained over $4 million in public funding, and spearheaded a community supported initiative to acquire and refurbish bank-owned properties and sell them to low-income buyers. Andrew is interested in urban infill development and revitalization of urban cores as a way to mitigate growth by creating stronger communities, providing greater opportunities for economic development, and utilizing existing infrastructure and materials. Researching how people live and build worldwide inspires him to build better.


Professor Callahan

Dr. Richard Callahan is Associate Dean and Director of State Capital and Leadership Programs for the University of Southern California, State Capital Center (Sacramento). Since 1998, he has directed in Sacramento the delivery of master of health administration (MHA) graduate degree program and master of public administration (MPA) program, with 35 classes annually, as well as directing in the past 10 years leadership training programs, designed and presented by USC, for nonprofit health executives, for newly elected local officials, county executives, and legislative staff from across the United States. Since 2006, he has been co-director of the Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program at USC in Los Angeles.

In the past two years he has worked with and taught over 500 public and nonprofit sector executives in USC leadership programs. He also teaches practices and applied theory in working with the private and public sectors for graduate students in the master degree programs of health, planning, public administration, and public policy.

Dr. Callahan was the keynote speaker for the United States Air Force Academy’s 33rd Annual Faculty Awards Ceremony, May, 2009. He was named Professor of the Year for 2007 by the USC Graduate Policy and Administration Community Student Association and a finalist for this award in 2008 and 2009. He was selected as winner for the National Networks and Public Management Syllabus Competition for the University of Pennsylvania Fels School of Government and Harvard Kennedy School.

Internationally, Dr. Callahan has been visiting faculty and program advisor on developing and delivering leadership and governance curriculum in Istanbul, Turkey for Aydin University and the Turkish municipality association. He has served as faculty for the Universidad Anahauc de Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

Dr. Callahan advises two master degree programs in public administration and environmental sustainability at Universidad Anahauc de Xalapa, Mexico; delivered leadership and policy process training for the newly elected governor’s staff and department directors, Aguacalientes, Mexico; advised graduate degree projects for USC in economic development and community engagement in Aguacalientes and Xalapa, Mexico; co-chaired the Leadership Development Program Panels for the 2007 Third Transatlantic Conference with faculty from over 15 nations; developed and delivered a leadership program for judicial executives from Taiwan; and sponsored visiting faculty from Japan. Attended Tenri University, Japan.

He is a member of the CEO Forums for Medstart, medical technology company start ups (Sacramento), serves on the Arden Baseball Little League Board of Directors, the Editorial Board of Public Administration Review; The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) committee on Executive MPA programs; the Executive Council of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration;

He has a BA degree, with honors in political theory, from Georgetown University. He has a master’s degree and a doctorate in public administration from USC. Past funded research projects include the Bedrosian Center for research on collaboration and governance.

Additional recent projects include:

  • Developing leadership programs for the USC Office of Executive Development
  • Strategy and Fund development
  • Leadership and management training for the LA County Department of Public Health.