About the Editors

Editors

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Rebecca Miller, Managing Editor
Rebecca Miller, MPA ’12, is a Master of Public Administration candidate concentrating in nonprofit management at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy where she also serves as Managing Editor of Policy and Practice. She currently interns in the development department of the Children’s Bureau, and consults on special events for the Los Angeles office of The Humane Society of the United States. Prior to graduate school, Rebecca worked in communications for the trade association of the children’s book publishing industry. Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University.

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Ayesha Hashim, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Ayesha Hashim, MPP ’12, is a Master of Public Policy candidate interested in urban education policy. Ayesha currently serves as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Policy and Practice. She also works as a research assistant for the Center on Educational Governance at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. In the following year, Ayesha will pursue a Ph.D. at Rossier to study teacher labor economics, school governance, and district-level school reform. Prior to joining the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, 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.

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Jacquelyn Chou, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Jacquelyn Chou, MPP/MPL ’13, is a dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Planning candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Policy and Practice. Prior to returning to graduate school, Jacquelyn worked at the RAND Corporation in Health policy. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the CREATE Homeland Security Center and at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is interested in issues of risk mitigation and emergency management. Jacquelyn completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University.

Laron Turley

Laron Turley, Finance Chair
Laron Turley, MPL ’12, is a Master of Planning student where he also serves as Finance Chair of Policy and Practice. Laron has a Bachelor’s of Finance and has worked in a variety of industries where he has had the opportunity to couple his experience in finance with a passion for urban planning, real estate development and place making. Laron currently serves as the Finance Chair for the Associated Students of Planning and Development organization at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Ashley Hernandez

Ashley C. Hernandez, Administrative Chair
Ashley C. Hernandez, MPA ’12, is a Master of Public Administration candidate with a focus on nonprofit management. As Administrative Chair of Policy and Practice, Ashley supervises the entire article submission process. She is also the Professional Development Co-Chair for the Graduate Policy Administration Community and a University of Southern California Board Fellow for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship- Greater LA. Ashley currently works at Healthy Child Healthy World, a national nonprofit empowering parents to create healthier environments for their children. She is passionate about building the capacity of organizations that support at-risk youth, early childhood education, and children’s health.

Sandip Chakrabarti

Sandip Chakrabarti, Senior Editor
Sandip Chakrabarti is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning and Development, and a research assistant at the METRANS transportation center at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Sandip’s research focuses on the relationships between land use and transportation, and the influence of value of time on travel behavior. He is particularly interested in transportation mode-choice studies, planning for public transportation systems, and planning for parking. Sandip completed his Master of City Planning (MCP) from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India in 2008, and a Bachelor’s of Architecture (B.Arch, Honours) degree from Jadavpur University, India in 2006. He received the V.N. Prasad Best Thesis Award by the Institute of Town Planners, India, and the Mott MacDonald Best Paper Award in 2009 for his MCP thesis involving planning for off-street parking facilities. Prior to returning to academia, Sandip lived and worked as an urban planning consultant in New Delhi, India.

Dyana Mason

Dyana Mason, Senior Editor
Dyana Mason is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her research interests include nonprofit management and governance, the organization and formation of interest/advocacy organizations, political economy of the nonprofit sector, charitable giving and experimental research on collective action and fundraising activities. Prior to attending the University of Southern California, she spent fifteen years working in the nonprofit sector for national, state and regional nonprofit organizations, including the Fund for Public Interest Research Group (a national environmental and consumer organization), and the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Virginia (LGBT equality organizations). While serving Equality Virginia as its Executive Director from 2003-2008, she also served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Field Director for The Commonwealth Coalition, the campaign to defeat Virginia’s so-called “marriage amendment.”

Matt Stauffer

Matt Stauffer, Senior Editor
Matt Stauffer, MPP ’12, is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis with a degree in English and minors in film studies and African American & African studies. Matt has also completed his professional certificate in screenwriting at UCLA. Since joining the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, Matt’s interests have included communicating public policy, voter registration, and government and political reform. He is particularly interested in the San Pedro Bay breakwater reconfiguration project. He currently works as the press secretary for Assembly Member Steven Bradford.

Anna Fischer

Anna Fischer, Senior Editor
Anna Fischer, MPP’ 12, is a Master of Public Policy and Certificate of Geographic Information Science & Technology candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She focuses on social policy and equity issues, with a specialization on the use of new technologies to enhance policymaking and analysis. She has worked with at-risk populations as a program director and manager in nonprofit organizations. Anna currently works as a research assistant and technology liaison for the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.

Author Anderson

Author Anderson, Senior Editor
Author Anderson, MPP ‘13 & Nonprofit Management & Policy ’13, is a graduate student with a focus in Urban Education & Social Policy. Author serves as a Senator, representing the Graduate Policy Administration Community in Graduate Student Government and a Graduate Student Ambassador for the Price School of Public Policy. Additionally, he serves on the board of several other organizations, including: the Association of Black Students in Policy, Planning, & Development and the Black Graduate Student Network. Currently, Author works in high schools in South Central Los Angeles serving students through TRiO Programs. He graduated in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and Business Institutions from Northwestern University.

Andrew Goodrich

Andrew Goodrich, Senior Editor
Andrew Goodrich, MPL ’12, is a Master of Planning candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Andrew is interested in the relationship between local economic development and cultural heritage, and is also pursuing a certificate in Historic Preservation through the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture. Andrew has interned with several local historic preservation agencies in Los Angeles, including the City of L.A.’s Office of Historic Resources and the nonprofit Los Angeles Conservancy. Andrew received his undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego.

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson, Senior Editor
Kevin Anderson, MPA/MSW’13, is a dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work student at University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work. He is a City-County Management Fellow at the Sol Price School with a strong interest in social policy administration. He also serves as a Graduate Student Government Representative for the School of Social Work and as a Junior Board Fellow for Total Family Support Clinic, a social services nonprofit. Prior to beginning his studies at University of Southern California, Kevin spent five years working in Washington, D.C. for a member of Congress and as a senior public policy associate for the World Food Program USA. Kevin graduated Magna cum Laude with honors in Political Science and Legal Studies from Northwestern University.

Ezrah Te

Ezrah Te, Senior Editor
Ezrah Te, MPA ’12, is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy with academic interests in international development, civic engagement, and education policy. In addition to her role as Senior Editor of Policy and Practice, Ezrah serves as the Finance Officer for the University of Southern California’s Graduate Policy Administration Community. Prior to joining University of Southern California, Ezrah worked in Washington, D.C. at an educational nonprofit organization that promotes an enlightened and responsible citizenry. Ezrah graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Political Science.

Vinitha Gopal

Vinitha Gopal, Senior Editor
Vinitha Gopal, MHA ’13, is a Master of Health Administration candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and also has a degree in Dental Surgery. Prior to joining the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, Vinitha worked in the department of Hospital Operations and Support Services at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Her areas of interest include strategic planning and process improvement, quality in healthcare centers, and long-term and managed Care.

Regina Hagono

Regina Hagono, Senior Editor
Regina Hagono, MHA ’12, is a Master of Health Administration candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. In addition to serving as a Senior Editor of Policy and Practice, Regina also serves as the University of Southern California’s Sol Price Student Ambassador. Prior to coming to the University of Southern California, Regina worked at Academy Health in Washington, D.C. where she developed her interests in the intersecting roles of policy, finance, research, and quality in health care. Regina completed her residency at Downey Regional Community Hospital in contracting, and is currently a student affiliate with the performance improvement team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She plans to continue working in health care quality and performance improvement after she graduates. Regina holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in political science and communications from the University of Pittsburgh.