Cover Image for USC CMF Summit & Sunstone Challenge Final Pitch
Cover Image for USC CMF Summit & Sunstone Challenge Final Pitch
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USC CMF Summit & Sunstone Challenge Final Pitch

Hosted by Ryan Phong, Nicki Mayes & Lucia Saavedra
Past Event
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About Event

The Sunstone Economic Development Challenge @ USC Price partners USC public policy students with local governments to develop strategies to promote inclusive growth in their communities. Student teams collaborate with client cities (Culver City, Lomita, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Torrance) to attract and retain startups and support job creation. The final projects will be presented to a panel of judges at the USC CMF Summit & Sunstone Challenge Final Pitch and the winning team will receive a $5,000 prize.

Event Agenda:

  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM

    • Check-in and Morning Refreshments (doors open at 9:00AM)

  • 10:00AM - 10:15AM

    • Welcome Speech

      • Speaker: Dr. Yan Tang, Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Management, USC Price

  • 10:15AM - 10:30AM

    • Overview of Sunstone Management & Sunstone Challenge

      • Speaker: John Keisler, CEO & Managing Partner, Sunstone Management (USC CMF Board Treasurer)

  • 10:30AM - 11:15AM

    • Panel Discussion with Local Government Executives

      • Moderator: Nicki Mayes, Board Liaison, USC CMF

    • Panel:

      • Dan O'Brien, Vice Mayor, City of Culver City

      • Steve Madison, Vice Mayor, City of Pasadena

  • 11:15AM - 12:15PM

    • Lunch

  • 12:15PM - 1:30PM

    • Live Pitches by USC Price Student Team

    • Judges:

      • Armine Chaparyan, City Manager, City of South Pasadena

      • Deepak Bahl, Program Director, USC Center for Economic Development

      • Jennifer Quan, Regional Public Affairs Manager, League of California Cities

  • 1:30PM - 1:45PM

    • USC City/County Management Fellowship Update & Dr. Tang Award

      • Speaker: Darrell George, City Manager, City of El Segundo (USC CMF Board Chair)

  • 1:45PM - 2:00PM

    • Sunstone Challenge Award

      • Speaker: Ryan Phong, Research & Management Analyst, Sunstone Management

Press Release:

Challenge Website:

Client City Interest Form:

Challenge Partners: Sunstone Management, Inc., Sunstone Community Fund, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC City/County Management Fellowship

Sponsored By: ArroyoWest

Contact for Any Questions:

USC Hotel
Radisson Mid-City Hotel, 3540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
Please park behind the USC Hotel at the Figueroa Parking Structure. The event will be in the USC Hotel Grand Ballroom on the 2nd floor.
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