Our Staff

Faculty and staff at the USC Price Center for Social Innovation share a deep commitment to developing ideas and illuminating strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities. Faculty fellows offer expertise on a variety of policy issues related to social innovation, including: housing and urban development, homelessness, health, transportation, economic development, immigration, and education, among others. We invite you to learn more about our faculty and staff below.



Our Leadership  

Gary Painter

Director

Roberto Suro 

Associate Director

Ann Owens 

Associate Director

Caroline Bhalla

Managing Director

Megan Goulding

Director of External Relations

Our Team  

Stacia Fewox 

Events and Administrative Coordinator 

Jung Hyun Choi 

Postdoctoral Scholar

Luis F. Alvarez León

Postdoctoral Scholar

Jovanna Rosen 

Postdoctoral Scholar

Sean Angst

Doctoral Research Assistant

Cynthia Barboza

Research Assistant

Alex Braboy 

Research Assistant 

Tingyee Chang

Research Assistant

Joanna Cortez Hernandez 

Research Assistant 

Saumya Lathia 

Research Assistant 

Melissa Faigeles Levitt

Research Assistant 

Grace Fulop

Research Assistant 

Juan Lopez

Research Assistant

Matthew Miller

Research Assistant 

Neha Sata

Communications and Research Assistant

Elly Schoen

Research Assistant 

Lacey Szczepanik

Communications and Research Assistant

Our Faculty Fellows  

Paul S. Adler

Professor of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business

Jody Agius Vallejo

Associate Professor, Sociology

Emma Aguila Vega

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Tridib Banerjee

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning 

Marlon Boarnet 

Professor, Price School of Public Policy I Director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning 

Terry Cooper 

Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy I The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values 

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

 Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning 

Nicolas Duquette 

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

James M. Ferris 

Professor I Emery Evans Olson Chair in Non-Profit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy I Director, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 

Alex Graddy-Reed 

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Howard P. Greenwald 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Eric Heikkila 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, International Initiatives 

Michael Hurlburt 

Associate Professor, School of Social Work 

Jill Kickul

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and Research Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

Annette Kim 

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I  Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB) 

Dora Kingsley-Vertenten 

Professor (Nonresident Teaching), Sol Price School of Public Policy

Lavonna Lewis 

Teaching Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Undergraduate Programs 

Julie Marsh

Associate Professor, Rossier School of Education 

Ryan McAlinden 

Associate Director, Digital Training and Instruction 

Jacquelyn McCroskey 

John Milner Professor of Child Welfare 

Tatiana Melguizo 

Associate Professor, Rossier School of Education 

Jennifer Miller 

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Dowell Myers 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Population Dynamics Research Group 

Debbie Natoli 

Associate Professor (Teaching), Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Professional Doctorate Program 

Manuel Pastor 

Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity I Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) I Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) 

Morgan Polikoff 

Assistant Professor, Rossier School of Education 

Emily Putnam-Hornstein 

Associate Professor, School of Social Work 

William G. Resh 

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Peter Robertson

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Master of Public Administration

Heather Rosoff 

Research Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Michal Sela-Amit 

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work 

David Sloane 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Dorian Traube  

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs 

Lisa Schweitzer 

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Anne Vo

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education

Adlai Wertman  

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Marshall School of Business 

Julie M. Zissimopoulos  

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Associate Director, Schaeffer Center