About the Editors


Aurea Adao

Aurea Adao, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Aurea Adao, MPL/MPAS ’11, is a dual Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Art Studies student at USC’s School of Policy Planning and Development and the Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts. She currently serves as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Review. She has been involved in administrating various public art projects in the city through her experiences at both the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from California State University of Northridge. As she explores the necessary function of art in the public realm, she hopes to continue building a career bridging institutional partnership with contemporary art practices in urban environments.

 Brettany Shannon

Brettany Shannon, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Brettany Shannon, MPL ’10, is a doctoral student in Urban Planning and Development whose work delves into how artistic interventions into the city fabric can promote community engagement and social justice. Current co-editor-in-chief of the USC Price Review, Brettany was a founding senior editor of the Review in 2009-2010, as well as the communications chair of USC Price’s Associated Students of Planning and Development student organization. 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.

 Eleanor Chen

Dr. Eleanor Chen, Managing Editor
Dr. Eleanor Chen is a Master of Health Administration student where she serves as a Managing Editor of the Review. A founding editor of the Review in 2009-2010, Eleanor was also the co-philanthropy chair for her Master of Health Administration program, organizing numerous community health events and volunteer opportunities for students. An actively practicing dentist, Eleanor has been providing charity work and has worked in organized dentistry confronting major health care issues for nearly a decade. Eleanor is motivated to return to academia to better understand these problems’ complexities to help work towards the solutions. She graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 2005, worked as a lobbyist and writer for the American Student Dental Association, completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program from Columbia University in 2006, and taught at the USC School of Dentistry in 2006. She is currently practicing dentistry for the Children’s Dental Health Clinic at the Miller’s Children Hospital in Long Beach. For the future, she aspires to divide her career equitably between dentistry and health policy.

Justin Baker

Justin Baker, Senior Editor & Web Manager
Justin Baker is a 2011 MPA & Public Policy Cert candidate. He currently works for City of Thousand Oaks in an analyst capacity that primarily deals with business and environmental programs. He also serves as the Director of Tennis Programs/Camps for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. His policy interests center around economic development, environmental, and homeland security issues. He aspires to work in Federal government or as a City Manager.

Juliet Bui

Juliet Bui, Senior Editor
Juliet Bui is a dual degree student, pursuing master degrees in Public Administration and Social Work. She is a senior editor of the Price School of Public Policy Review. Juliet also serves as vice president of Student Organization at the School of Social Work. Before coming to USC, she worked in the Office of Communications at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Juliet received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Rice University.

Ayesha Hashim

Ayesha Hashim, Senior Editor
Ayesha Hashim, MPP ’12, is a graduate student with a focus in urban education policy. Ayesha currently serves as an editor of the USC Price Review, and works as a research assistant for the Center on Educational Governance at USC’s Rossier School of Education. Prior to joining USC, Ayesha worked with philanthropic and community-based organizations in India dedicated to improving educational opportunities for low-income youth. Ayesha received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics from Scripps College.

Susan Lam

Susan Lam, Senior Editor
Susan Lam, MHA ’12, is a full-time master’s student in Health Administration from San Diego, California. She received her undergraduate degree in General Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and is pursuing a career as a Health Administrator. In addition to serving as a senior editor for the Price School of Public Policy Review, she is also currently the Administrative and Public Relations Assistant for the USC Student Health Council.

Carisa Lubeck

Carisa Lubeck, Senior Editor
Carisa Lubeck, MPA ’11, is a master’s candidate interested in the future of non-profit leadership and management. Currently residing in San Francisco, Carisa is completing her studies at the University of Southern California State Capital Center in Sacramento. She works for the National Writing Project in Berkeley. Carisa received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of California, at Berkeley.

John Mimms

John Mimms, Senior Editor
John Mimms, MPL ’11, is a Master of Planning student whose academic work concentrates on the foundations of quality communities and the aspects of urban form that increase the quality of life for residents. Concentrating in the Preservation and Design of the Built Environment, John focuses on the relationship between Architecture and Sociology and how each field influences the other. A contributor to the Review’s inaugural edition, John is currently an intern at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. John graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Architecture.

Archana Patel

Archana Patel, Senior Editor
Archana Patel, MPP 2011, is a Master of Public Policy student whose academic interests focus on education reform and nonprofits. Prior to coming to USC, Archana completed Teach for America in New York City and continued teaching at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark, NJ. She also spent two years working in India on civic engagement and grassroots development, both as director of Indicorps and as the co-founder of Teach for India. Archana is currently a research assistant at the Center for Educational Governance at USC and plans to continue working in urban education after she graduates.

Joshua Shake

Joshua Shake, Senior Editor
Joshua Shake is a 2011 MPL candidate and serves as Finance Chair in addition to his duties as Senior Editor for the Review. Currently, he tutors policy, planning and economics related courses in the USC Athletic Department. An avid traveler, he recently spent time in Brazil working in Sao Paulo city government and researching the intersections of culture, identity and planning. He graduated in 2008 with a BS in Policy, Management and Planning and in 2010 with a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies, both from USC.

Claire Sobba

Claire Sobba, Senior Editor
Claire Sobba is a first year MHA student, currently completing her Residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Strategic Business Innovation. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Claire moved to Los Angeles in 2005, pursuing a career in the Skydiving industry. Now a certified Accelerated Freefall Instructor and Videographer, she has her eyes on the health care industry, focusing on Patient Care Services and Integrated Delivery Systems of Care.


Professor Elizabeth Graddy

Elizabeth Graddy
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy
Vice Dean

Dr. Graddy teaches courses in quantitative analysis, governance, and business and government. Her research focuses on the private sector role in public service delivery, how industry and organizational structure affect performance, and how information asymmetry and uncertainty affect institutional design and effectiveness. These interests have led to her work on the structure and performance of healthcare, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations. She is currently studying community foundations, public-private alliances providing local public services, and the state regulation of health professions. Professor Graddy’s earlier research focused on products liability outcomes, occupational regulation, the contracting decisions of local governments, and the evolution of new industries.