USC Price School of Public Policy

USC Price in Sacramento furthers legacy of public leadership training

February 2, 2017

From left: L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, County CEO Sachi Hamai, County Director of Personnel Lisa Garrett and Paul Danczyk

The USC Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento, this past December, extended its legacy of sustainable professional development training for public leaders.

Three programs hosted graduation ceremonies to recognize the accomplishments of 138 public-sector executives — the Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Development Program (Cohorts 13, 14 and 15); the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions’ Leadership Institute (Cohort 16); and the Los Angeles Metro Leadership Academy (Cohorts 1 and 2).

“December was an exciting month to celebrate those in public service. Each program challenged executives to reflect upon their leadership impacts and redesign approaches to meet today’s complex environments,” said Paul Danczyk, director of executive education for USC Price in Sacramento.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas giving the keynote speech at the ELDP graduation in December.

Since starting the Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) in 2013, nearly 300 senior administrators from various departments across the county have participated in its training modules. It quickly gained national acclaim in 2015 when ELDP was recognized by the National Association of Counties.

Attendees of the ELDP ceremony included Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who delivered the keynote address, L.A. County CEO Sachi Hamai and L.A. County Director of Personnel Lisa Garrett.

CIBHS Leadership Institute’s Cohort 16.

The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions Leadership Institute (LI) concentrates on developing leadership skills applied to the fields of mental health and substance use disorders for county executives and providers statewide. In its 16th year, the institute has more than 550 alumni from across 48 counties. Each year, the program tackles complex leadership topics including change leadership, quality improvement and cultural humility.

Group photo of the MLA participants and USC staff together on graduation day

The Los Angeles Metro Leadership Academy (MLA) was a year-long program focused on equipping L.A. Metro employees, from all levels of the organization, with leadership skills. Core leadership competencies in the MLA were disseminated through adult-centered instructional techniques spanning presentations, simulations, case-studies, assessments, executive coaching and group project work.

One participant from the MLA commented, “I am very proud and humbled to have been a participant in the 2016 Metro Leadership Academy. The insightful information in regard to leadership and self-growth and the 360-degree assessment has really assisted and widened my perception of leadership.”

Each of our programs are designed and delivered in collaboration with partnering organizations. For more information about trainings and resources, contact the director, Paul Danczyk, at or visit and