Lunch with a Leader provides students, faculty, and members of the public the opportunity to hear ideas from local, state, and national leaders, share their own ideas, and gain inspiration for effective governance in a more intimate and informal setting.
Paula Daniels is Executive Director of California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative. She is the founder and chair emeritus of the LA Food Policy Council, a board member with the National Organic Standards Board, and a 2015 Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (where she has taught food and water policy since 2010). After a long career as an attorney in civil litigation, she served as a LA Public Works Commissioner and then Senior Advisor to Mayor Villaraigosa and was a Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner. She has also been a commissioner with the California Coastal Commission, and a gubernatorial appointee on the governing board of the California Bay-Delta Authority. She was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the California Water Commission, and serves in his Office of Planning and Research as Senior Fellow for Food Systems, Water and Climate.
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