1 July 1, 1994: Following approval by the UCLA Academic Senate and the UC Board of Regents, the new UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research officially opens. And in 1996, Public Policy welcomes its inaugural class.
2 October 1997: The Senior Fellows Leadership Program is launched, promoting interchange between graduate students and civic leaders across Los Angeles, the nation and the world.
3 1997: The Public Affairs minor is created, headed by Professor Eric Monkkonen, giving undergraduates access to a broad-based curriculum of public affairs courses. The Urban and Regional Studies minor is added in 2006, followed by the Gerontology minor in 2011.
4 1998: Social Welfare instructor Mary Brent Wehrli is the first of four from the School to be named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers; those later recognized are Megan Berthold Ph.D. ’98, Marshall Wong MSW ’86 and Gerry Laviña MSW ’88. The tradition of excellence continues through 2018, when four of the six inductees into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction are UCLA Luskin alumni.
5 1998: The U.S. State Department chooses the School as its Southern California campus to host Diplomats in Residence, one of just 17 nationwide.
6 1999: The School hosts the Global City-Regions Conference, drawing policymakers, scholars, business leaders and community activists from around the world.
7 2000: The School announces its first Advisory Board.
8 September 23, 2004: The School of Public Policy and Social Research is renamed the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
9 2005: Urban Planning Professor Donald Shoup publishes his landmark book, “The High Cost of Free Parking.”
10 2006: The UCLA Alumni Association honors Theresa Elders MSW ’78 with its highest award – UCLA Alumnus of the Year. In 2019, William “Rusty” Bailey III MPP ’99 is also honored.
11 2007: The David Bohnett Fellowships and, in 2013, the Ann C. Rosenfield Public Affairs Fellowships are established as full-year student programs to award tuition remission and executive internships.
12 Fall 2009: The Luskin Center for Innovation is established with a $5 million gift from Meyer and Renee Luskin and, in 2010, joins three other high-profile research centers based at the School: the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Center for Civil Society.
13 January 26, 2011: Meyer and Renee Luskin make a $100 million donation to UCLA, half of which is dedicated to programs at the School of Public Affairs, including the Meyer and Renee Luskin Lecture Series on topics relevant to the betterment of society. The School is renamed the Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs in their honor.
14 2011: Social Welfare Professor Fernando Torres-Gil is selected by President Obama to serve on the National Council for Disability.
15 2012: Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman founds a cannabis consulting firm, BOTEC, and leads the effort in Washington State to implement its regulations governing legal marijuana. This same year, Public Policy alumna Nurit Katz MPP ‘08 is named UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.