In the news

February was a busy month for us at the Center. Our friend Jonathan hasn’t even had a chance to finish all the video editing we threw his way! Those will be up soon.

Here are just some of the things we’ve been up to:

Our Director, In the News!

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 2013 Philanthropic Leadership Forum Breakout Session on Philanthropic Innovation

Impact investing moderated by our own Raphael Bostic and featuring: Paula Goldman, Jessica LaBarbera, and Steve Goldberg. View the video.

Our Faculty, In the News!

LaVonna Lewis

Community Transformation Grant

The Community Health Councils proposes to implement proven programmatic, policy, environmental, and infrastructure improvements in a series of racially/ethnically diverse and concentrated high-need communities within the City of Los Angeles in order to transform neighborhoods and support the successful improvement of optimal health outcomes among low-income, vulnerable families, and residents. The project plans to promote tobacco-free living, healthy eating and active living, high-impact quality clinical and other preventative services, and healthy and safe physical environment.

Total funding on this grant is $7,883,885 and will affect approximately 479,000 residents living in Los Angeles, focusing on low-income, racial/ethnic minority communities


LaVonna Lewis and David Sloane

REACH Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Project

The REACH Demonstration grant is a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Community Health Councils (CHC), one of LA’s leading health care and public health community groups focusing on policy and planning changes. Professors Lewis and Sloane serve as evaluators on the cooperative agreement. The goal of the grant is to create a community-based model for improving health in underserved, heavily minority communities. The grant will have activities at several scales, starting with the neighborhood school and rising up to the City of Los Angeles’ Community Planning Areas.

The hope is to create an interwoven set of activities that improve adolescent and adult health outcomes through the development of school-based wellness centers, by improving the nutritional and physical activity resources available to community residents living in neighborhoods around the schools, and through the institutionalization of health improvement strategies into the community plans. The CHC has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles Unified School District to develop and implement these interventions. USC, as represented by Lewis and Sloane, will serve as the evaluators of the project, working with a group of subject-matter experts at the CDC and with the community groups to develop a way to measure the successes of the interventions and help CHC and CDC develop a model that other cities might benefit from.

USC will receive $1.539 million over the three years of the grant
Total funding on this grant is $7,693,912 and will affect approximately 449,000 African-American and Hispanic/Latino residents in the West Adams Baldwin Hills and South Los Angeles areas.


David Sloane will direct the USC program in the newly established Partnership for the Study of George Washington at USC and Mount Vernon.

This is a new partnership between USC Price and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, a new facility under development just outside the main entrance to Washington’s Virginia estate. Thanks to the generous support of Maribeth Borthwick ’73 and William Borthwick, the Price School and the Library have jointly established the Partnership for the Study of George Washington at USC and Mount Vernon. More to come : we’re looking forward to the first public lecture featuring Kevin Starr in October 2013.

 Board Members, In the News!

Tom Bakaly

Hermosa Beach City Manager Tom Bakaly Describing the Public Oil Dialogue Process to the city council: view part one and part two.


Austin Beutner

Who Will Buy the Los Angeles TimesLA Weekly, By Hillel Aron Thursday, Feb 28 2013
The Beutner Fix: Former mayoral candidate wants to make LA Times nonprofit KPCC, DeBord Report by Matthew DeBord, February 28th, 2013
Five Takeaways from LA Weekly’s Fabulous LA Times Feature FishbowlLA, By Richard Horgan on March 1, 2013


Ronald Loveridge

Experts, panelists discuss the impact of local politics Daily Trojan, By AUSTIN REAGAN February 27, 2013


And at the Center …

Raphael Bostic, Dean Jack Knott, Richard J. Riordan, and Ronald Loveridge

 Leading from the West: A Conversation with Richard J. Riordan

Even the rain didn’t stop people from coming to hear some sage advice and stories from former Mayor of Los Angeles, Richard J. Riordan during our inaugural Leading from the West event.

A student’s perspective: Leading from the West by Taylor Wolfson February 21, 2013

View the video.

Dennis F. and Brooks Holt Distinguished Lecture Series: An Evening With Robert Caro


Students Talk Back discussion on political communications is now online: View the video.

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times Poll sponsored, in part,  by the Bedrosian Center is off to a great start!