EXED Testimonials

vailEric Vail

Owner, Burke, Williams, & Sorensen Law Firm
Chair of Public Law Practice Group and City Attorney
Member of Board of Advisors, EXED

“The Executive Education Program at USC Price provides local leaders with high-level perspective from experts in the industry, as well as top-level academics whom council members and board members may not get to hear from frequently. The program is a new and unique opportunity for local leaders to engage and learn in an academic setting. It’s a master’s class on how to be a local elected official.”

goodhartJim Goodhart

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Palos Verdes Estates
First Vice President of New Mayors and Council Members Academy, League of California Cities
Member of Board of Advisors, EXED

“The League of Cities, Contract Cities and other similar organizations train their constituencies relying on the expertise of practicing experts. For the most part they do a very good job. What interested me and my colleagues here at USC Price is the blending of the academic experience and the high-level practical experience in teaching and delivering the curriculum. That is unique and extremely valuable for local leaders.”

barrowsBruce Barrows

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Cerritos
President of Los Angeles County Division of the California League of Cities
Alumnus of USC Price Executive Education Program and Member of EXED Board of Advisors

“I have felt the need for this type of an Executive Education Program in the West Coast for a long time. Listening to a different perspective from academics and practitioners at a highly rated institution is a rare opportunity on the West Coast. What I take back to my city and the league will make me a better leader and certainly a better council member.”

sternquistCynthia Sternquist

Mayor Pro Tem City of Temple City
Alumna of USC Price Executive Education Program

“There’s so much going on right now with redevelopment being eliminated and a lot to think about when you look at economic development. So a program like this, with high-level educational opportunities, is rare yet invaluable in helping us as local leaders to make better decisions to help our cities.”


tragarzNancy Tragarz

Mayor, City of Walnut
Executive Board Member, California Contract Cities Association
Alumna of USC Price Executive Education Program

“I’m a USC alumna. I thought this was a great opportunity to return to my alma matter to focus on public policy. The director, faculty and teachers in the program are well-known and respected in their respective fields and in our local government circles. My goals to expand my knowledge of public policy and be a better leader were certainly met in this Executive Education program at USC Price.”


tyeSteve Tye

Council Member, City of Diamond Bar
Vice President, California Contract Cities Association
Alumnus of USC Price Executive Education Program

“The best minds and the best talent USC Price has to offer — I cannot remember another program where I wished we did not take breaks so that I could hear more from the faculty and presenters. Thanks for a great program.”