2014 GPAC Spring Banquet – 10 year celebration

Tickets are still available for this exciting event, but the prices have now been increased by $10! For details about the event, please scroll down to the flyer below. For tickets, see the button below and click to buy using PayPal.

If you can’t make the event – or if you’d really like to help us make it that much more spectacular – please consider making a donation to the event. Use the PayPal “Donate” button on the right side tool bar. THanks! 

GPAC Election Results

Congrats to the 2014-15 GPAC Board!

The GPAC Board would like to extend our congratulations to the new Leadership! We wish you the best for 2014-15!

Executive Board
Angie Jean-Marie

Kaya Okuniewski

Executive Officer
Brittany Melo

Finance Officer
Andres Vedova

MPP Committee
Francine Tran

Online MPA Committee
Jason Shofner

Social Committee
Yuxuan Ji

And as a reminder, the following positions are vacant. The 2014-15 Board will begin filling these seats shortly.

  • Communications Officer
  • Alumni Relations Officer
  • GSG Senator
  • GPAC Ambassador
  • Webmaster
  • MPA Committee
  • Non-Profit Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Sacramento Committee

If you are interested in any of these vacant positions, please email gpac@usc.edu.

GPAC Elections

GPAC is pleased to kick off the GPAC Elections for the leadership positions that will represent all MPA and MPP students in the 2014-15 Academic Year. Voting will take place between March 10th and 12th, and winners will be announced on March 14th.

The only contested position is for Vice President. Each candidate has provided a statement on why they are best suited for the position of GPAC Vice President. We wish each candidate the best of luck as they engage in a respectful campaign process.

The candidates for Vice President are:


Kaya Okuniewski

Rhett Paranay

Jennifer Power

The following positions from the Executive Committee are uncontested: President, Executive Officerand Finance Officer. The following committees are also uncontested: MPP Committee, Online MPA Committee and Social Committee. Each of these officers and committees will be announced on March 14.

The new GPAC Leadership Board (2014-15) will go through an additional process to fill vacancies on the board. Based on the current structure of the board, the following positions/committees will be vacant: Communications Officer, Alumni Relations Officer, GSG Senator, GPAC Ambassador, Webmaster, MPA Committee, Non-Profit Committee, Professional Development Committee, and Sacramento Committee. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send an email to GPAC stating your interest.

Fight on!

GPAC 2014-15 Elections

Hi All,

It’s that time of year again. If you’ve enjoyed this year’s GPAC events and are looking for a way to give back and to lead, you should consider running for GPAC leadership for next year.

Come to an info session on Feb. 24th at 5:00pm in TCC 432. More information and RSVPs can be found here: GPAC Elections Information Session 2.

If you can’t make the info session, please contact Justin at jtanding@gmail.com or Jackson at jhite@usc.edu. Also, take note of the following documents:

Spring 2014 GPAC Elections

GPAC Bylaws 2013-14 proposed

Appendix A & B – GPAC Officer Descriptions 2013-14 proposed

Thanks, and fight on!


SIGN UP for GPAC’s Third Annual Nonprofit Case Challenge!

GPAC’s Third Annual Nonprofit Case Challenge

February 1st, 2014

Presented by GPAC Nonprofit Committee 


Brought to USC Sol Price School of Public Policy by Deloitte in 2010, the inauguralCase Challenge was held in 2011. The Case Challenge provides Price graduate students an opportunity to tackle multi-faceted strategic and operating challenges that nonprofit organizations face. Competitions offer students a unique chance to deal with a real situation in a stressful setting.

Participants will be given a scenario in which a nonprofit organization faces asignificant issue or challenge. Working on the case in teams of three or four, participants need to apply their academic knowledge and practical experiences to find solutions to the problems and present recommendations to a panel of judges. Judges, composed of Price School alumni, faculty, nonprofit professionals and consultants, will evaluate the presentations and select the winning teams. Winners will receive prizes and have a great addition to their résumé!









Mark Your Calendar

  • Information Session: Wednesday, January 22nd, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., TCC 227. All students are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about the details of the Case Challenge and ask questions.
  • Kickoff: Thursday, January 30th, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., TCC 227. The case and team assignments will be revealed. Students have about 38 hours to work with their team.
  • Competition Day: Saturday, February 1st, begins at 8:30 a.m., TCC 450.

Sign Up Today

If you want to demonstrate your analytical skills and meet professionals from the industry, this is an excellent opportunity you don’t want to miss!

  • Sign up here to participate! Registration closes on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and seats are limited.
  • “Like” our page on Facebook to get up-to-date information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nonprofit Committee Co-Chairs, Di Geng & Xiangyi Jing at gpac.npc@gmail.com.

Thank you!




GPAC does Vegas in the hottest event of the year!


Pack your bags, bring the gambling chips (along with the good luck), and prepare yourself for all the camaraderie and partying that will define the annual Vegas trip!!!

From January 17th – January 19th, the Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD), the Graduate Policy and Administration Community (GPAC), and the Student Health Council (SHC) are hosting the EVENT OF THE YEAR. This trip will be one of your favorite memories of grad school (if you remember it, that is). Interested in attending? You should be! WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED with:

-Transportation (to and from Vegas) in a luxurious bus. We’ll provide the drinks (bottoms up) and snacks. We are planning on leaving USC on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and returning on Sunday around 4:00 p.m.

-Two nights at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

-Free entrance to clubs TAO (located in the Venetian) and Marquee (top club in Vegas located in the Cosmopolitan)

Price: $155/person for a 4/room or $250/person for a 2/room or $500 for a couple with their own room (what a good deal, right?). We can do random room pairings or take your requests!

Please click below to purchase tickets – you will then receive a questionnaire regarding rooming preferences, club sign-up and other details.

Refund policy: A $20 processing fee will apply for all cancellations prior to December 15th when the Hotel Reservations are confirmed. From December 16 to January 16, a refund of $50 will be provided unless you can find a replacement for your spot.

JOIN US NOW! Pay below.