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Graduates

Ranika Baghoomian

Baghoomian, Ranika - MHA

Program: Master of Health Administration
Undergraduate Degree: UC Riverside
Email: rlbaghoo@usc.edu

Ranika Baghoomian is a first-year Master of Health Administration student who graduated from University of California, Riverside in 2017 with her bachelor’s in Public Policy. During her time at UCR, she served as a Dean’s Student Ambassador and Social Chair for the School of Public Policy. She also completed an internship within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department where she gained insight on the medical clinics inside county jails. One of the main reasons she chose Price for graduate career was because of the 1,000 hour residency requirement, where she will gain hands-on experience in the field.  Her ultimate goal is to work in healthcare management and gain a leadership position in the private sector. During her free time, Ranika enjoys hosting events with her friends and family.


Stephanie Castro

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Program: Master of Public Administration
Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University
Email: castrost@usc.edu

Stephanie Castro is a second-year MPA student currently working for the Los Angeles Fire Department as a Personnel Analyst. She has worked for the City in various capacities since 2012, after graduating from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She chose to attend USC Price because of its professional development opportunities and specialization in local government. Through her graduate studies, she plans to augment her experience with knowledge on organizational and financial management, and hopes to improve the City’s processes to better serve its communities.

 


Jason Cheng

Cheng, Jason - MPL
Program: Master of Planning
Undergraduate Degree: USC
Email: chengjj@usc.edu

Jason Cheng is a Master of Planning student focusing in Sustainable Land Use and Real Estate Development. Originally from Hong Kong, he fell in love with Los Angeles’ diversity, creative energy and congestion during his undergraduate years as a journalism major at USC. He decided to return to his alma mater because of the new University Village. Jason wants to work at the intersection of UX design and urban planning, and wants to create innovative and citizen-centered technology for smart cities. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the Lakers, designing clothing, singing to his dog, Remy, and dreaming about eating HK-style baked pork chop rice.


Julie Fancher

Fancher, Julie- MPP
Program: Master of Public Policy
Undergraduate Degree: Southern Methodist University
Email: jcfanche@usc.edu

Julie Fancher completed her undergraduate career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a B.A. in journalism. After graduating from SMU, Julie stayed in Dallas and became a full-time reporter at The Dallas Morning News for four yearsShe spent two years covering breaking news, before covering municipal government and transportation. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree.


Vicky Karpilovich

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Program: Master of Public Administration
Undergraduate Degree: UC Santa Barbara
Email: karpilov@usc.edu

Vicky is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree and Certificate in Business & Sustainability at USC. Her background is primarily working in the private sector in marketing and public relations roles; she aspires to utilize her MPA degree to bridge gaps between government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector through innovate cross-sectoral partnerships. She is passionate about social justice, equity, and community development. Vicky chose USC due to its academic strength, course diversity, Alumni network, and on-campus involvement opportunities.


Cindy Lee

Lee, Cindy - MPP
Program: Master of Public Policy
Undergraduate Degree: UC Irvine
Email: lee791@usc.edu

Cindy Lee is a second year MPP student at Price. She currently works for a local Congress Member. Prior to her position, Cindy worked for Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Social Policy and a Minor in Education from University of California, Irvine. During her time at UCI, Cindy worked for various education non-profits as well as the Orange County District Attorney’s office. In addition, she studied abroad in China and Sweden and interned in Washington, D.C. On her free time, she is involved with a local organization called Project by Project – LA as Manager of Team Development. She loves to explore the LA food scene and catches her favorite sports teams in action whenever she gets the chance.


Ryan Lutz

Lutz, Ryan - MPA
Program: Master of Public Administration
Undergraduate Degree: Wabash College
Email: rlutz@usc.edu

Ryan Lutz is originally from Sacramento, CA and graduated from Wabash College with a B.A. degree in English literature and creative writing. He is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration with a specialization in Art’s Leadership. Previously Ryan worked as the Strategic Partnerships Manager at SFFILM in San Francisco for four years. Ryan has published creative work in BULL: Men’s Fiction, and The Acentos Review, and he also wrote and produced a short film that has been accepted into the Twin Cities Black Film Festival and the Royal Starr Film Festival. Ryan has an interest in public and private partnerships and is researching the ways media affects public sentiment and the governance process. Ryan chose USC’s Price School of Public Policy because of its interdisciplinary approach to complex problems and its unparalleled network of alumni.


Prachi Mehrotra

Mehrotra, Prachi - MPP
Program: Master of Public Policy
Undergraduate Degree: New York University
Email: prachime@usc.edu

Prachi Mehrotra is a first-year MPP. She just moved to Los Angeles from New York, where she spent the past several months as a part of the Social Impact Team at Concordia, a non-profit working to create public-private partnerships toward a more sustainable future. Before that, she received her BA from New York University in Politics and Journalism, with minors in Art & Public Policy and Social & Public Policy. Prachi is particularly interested in corporate social responsibility and social innovation, and the role of business as a force for good. She is also largely interested in using art as a tool for influencing policy and inciting social change, especially the use of documentary filmmaking. In her spare time, Prachi loves dancing, singing, traveling, binge-watching Netflix, and scrolling through endless pictures of adorable huskies on Instagram.


Ebele Obi

Obi, Ebele - MPA
Program: Master of Public Administration
Undergraduate Degree: Dartmouth College
Email: eobi@usc.edu

Ebele Obi, originally from northern California, is a 1st year MPA student at USC. Her interests are in non-profit management and social innovation. Particularly, she desires to use these tools and models to enact lasting and meaningful change to improve social welfare.

Before matriculating into USC, Ebele worked in project management. She received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Government from Dartmouth College. Ebele has always had an interest in how structures and systems impact outcomes and how people are an underlying factor in the results we see in life, business, and community.

Ebele enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new restaurants, and having new experiences.


Grace Olguin

Olguin, Grace - MPA
Program: Master of Public Administration
Undergraduate Degree: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Email: golguin@usc.edu

Grace Olguin is a first-year graduate student pursuing her Master of Public Administration. Since 2015, Grace has worked as an International Education professional focused on diversity outreach and study abroad. Grace attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After obtaining her B.A., Grace worked abroad in China and Thailand for a year. Grace is currently an e-intern with the Community Liaison Office (CLO) in U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam. She also co-instructs a creative writing/spoken-word poetry workshop inside a women’s custody-to-community transitional facility through Prison Education Project (PEP) in LA County. Passionate about social justice, Grace has gained an invaluable and unique perspective through her community involvement through PEP and Reintegration Academy, both of which expand educational opportunities for inmates and parolees. In her spare time, Grace enjoys traveling, attending arts & culture/live music events in Los Angeles, and recording her weekly online radio show “Water for Tea.”


 

Upasana Paul

Paul, Upasana - MPL
Program: Master of Planning
Undergraduate Degree: Jadavpur University
Email:upaul@usc.edu

Upasana Paul is a first-year Master of Planning student. She was drawn to USC Price for its interdisciplinary curriculum and its policy based approach to planning. Originally from India, Upasana graduated from Jadavpur University with a Bachelors in Architecture and hopes to channel her skills and experiences as an architect, coupled with her love for cities into a fulfilling career in the planning field. In her leisure time, Upasana loves reading books on economics and going on long walks around the city.

 


Anahit Petrosyan

Petrosyan, Anahit - MHA
Program: Master of Health Administration
Undergraduate Degree: UC Irvine
Email: anahitp@usc.edu

Anahit Petrosyan is a first-year USC Price graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in Health Administration (MHA).  She graduated from UC Irvine with both a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Public Health Policy.  Health and nutrition has always been of her interest even when she was young.  Anahit currently manages a small, private dermatology office working closely with the doctor, nurse, patients, accountants, and so on. She chose USC after attending USC’s Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Summer Enrichment Program where she was able to get a little exposure to faculties, alumni, and healthcare leaders with Dr. LaVonna Lewis.  In addition, Dr. Lewis organized site visits to various of healthcare organizations and even a volunteer day.  Anahit loved the hands-on experience that USC had to offer and she learned so much in that short amount of time that she wanted to pursue more.


Candace Rankin

Rankin, Candice - MPP
Program: Master of Public Policy
Undergraduate Degree: UC Berkeley
Email: cmrankin@usc.edu

Candice is a first-year MPP with an interest in environmental and urban policy. She earned a BS in Society and Environment from UC Berkeley. Before coming to Price, she spent 3 years working in development at an independent high school in San Francisco. Originally from Sacramento, Candice is intrigued by living in Southern California for the first time and enjoys exploring the local hiking and food. She is the Alumni Relations Co Chair on the Price Women and Allies Board.


Isaiah Simmons

Simmons, Isaiah - MPP
Program: Master of Public Policy
Undergraduate Degree: College of William and Mary
Email: isaiahsi@usc.edu

Isaiah Simmons is a first year student in the MPP Program from Virginia Beach, VA. On campus, he is involved in the Graduate Chapter for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Black Graduate Student Network, and the Price Education Network. If he is not doing something for classes or extracurriculars, he is probably at the Lyon Recreation center exercising or playing basketball, out looking for concerts, or at home writing or watching This is Us. He is looking forward to answering any questions prospective students have about Price.


Kalin Sims

Sims, Kalin - MNLM
Program: Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Undergraduate Degree: Stony Brook University
Email: kalinsim@usc.edu

Kalin Sims is a first year graduate student seeking to obtain her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Kalin’s adventurous mindset has given her the opportunity to live in different places such as Atlanta, Japan and now, Los Angeles. Once graduating from Stony Brook University with a degree of Sociology in 2015, she committed to her first year of service with Americorps in Atlanta, Georgia. Serving two years with Hands on Atlanta, her interest in the Nonprofit sector blossomed. In the midst of graduate search, many may have the same question: why choose Price? She finds her answer stems not only from the prestige that the USC Price School of Public Policy has, but also from the supportive community of trailblazers that motivate one another to bring forth change. Kalin believes through the unique curriculum of this program, she will gain a holistic understanding of Nonprofits and how they operate. Passionate about the youth, after receiving her Master’s, Sims will continue to make strides toward accomplishing her goal of holding the position of CEO for a Nonprofit centered around youth development.


Undergraduates

Alvin Neo

Major: Real Estate Devlopment
Email:

Alvin chose USC Price because he has been fascinated with Real Estate and planning his whole life. Through his Real Estate Development (RED) program, he hopes to find a middle ground between his appreciation for urban planning and real estate development. Since starting the RED program, he has developed a passion for the field of transportation and looks forward to incorporating all his interests in his profession.


Kylie Sedgwick

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Major: Policy, Planning, and Development
Email:

Kylie is currently a junior on the Nonprofit and Social Innovation track and minoring in Sociology. She chose Price in order to learn about policy from a variety of different disciplines. She also loves that USC is located in the great city of Los Angeles, which offers a variety of learning and volunteering opportunities. She participates in a variety of service at USC and in the Los Angeles community, serving on the executive boards of the USC Helenes and Kicks for Kids USC. Kylie began at USC as a spring admit freshman in January 2015 and spent her gap semester in East Africa, focusing on service learning and cultural immersion in each area she visited. In the future, she hopes to continue to serve communities and gain more practical knowledge on how to improve the lives of others; she aims to join the Peace Corps or pursue a Masters in Social Work after graduating.

 

 

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