Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been appointed a professor of practice at the USC Price School of Public Policy.
The university announced Villaraigosa’s appointment in a press release on Friday. The title of “professor of practice” is reserved for individuals who have made “significant contributions in the public practice of their field of expertise,” according to the press release.
Villaraigosa will teach both graduate and undergraduate level courses in topics such as city planning and public sector executive management. He will also spearhead the USC Villaraigosa Initiative for Restoring the California Dream, which will focus on finding solutions for major policy issues and increasing the efficiency of state government.
During his tenure as mayor, Villaraigosa advocated for increasing funding for public transportation through Measure R, pushed for the instatement of 1.000 new police officers in Los Angeles, and worked to improve public education in some of the city’s lowest performing schools. Villaraigosa also served in the state Assembly for six years, two of which as the Speaker of the Assembly.
Dean Jack H. Knott of the USC Price School of Public Policy said Villaraigosa’s experience as the 41st mayor of Los Angeles will allow him to give valuable instruction to students.
“Throughout his tenure as mayor of the city of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa made significant progress in policy areas that are critically important to the USC Price School, including transportation and infrastructure development, public safety, port security and the environment,” Knott said in a press release. “His wide range of knowledge and hands-on experience in these areas and others, including education and governance, will serve as a great asset to the USC Price School’s ongoing work and research.”
The former mayor and state Assemblyman said he looks forward to delving into some of California’s most pressing policy problems at USC.
“The Price School is one of the nation’s leading policy schools, with particular strengths in my own policy interests, such as transportation and infrastructure development,” Villaraigosa said in a press release. “I am excited about working with the school to propose solutions to some of the state’s and nation’s critical policy challenges.”
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