Celebrating 25 Years of Public Policy Education at UCLA

UCLA Luskin Public Policy is marking a quarter-century since its first graduating class was sent into the world equipped to make changes for the better. A series of events and opportunities will commemorate the milestone during the 2023-24 academic year:

  • A speaker series featuring four Alumni of the Year honorees who will share insights on the state of policymaking and the value of their Luskin education
  • An engaging series of alumni panels, open to those seeking networking opportunities, career guidance and inspiration
  • A special anniversary-year giving opportunity to support Public Policy students
  • Coming Soon: A digital yearbook that will virtually connect alumni, students, faculty and staff of UCLA Luskin Public Policy

Alumni Speaker Series


MONDAY, FEB. 12, 2024
5:30 – 8 p.m.

2355 Public Affairs Building

Sandeep Prasanna MPP/JD ’15, who served as investigative counsel on the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. Prasanna is now a senior advisor with the law firm Miller & Chevalier.

READ MORE about Prasanna, 2022 MPP Alumnus of the Year



6 – 8 p.m.


Registration details coming soon

Isaac Bryan MPP ’18, California Assembly member representing the 55th District, who recently became Assembly Majority Leader. Bryan kicked off the 25th anniversary at an MPP Alumni event in April 2023 and will participate in this UCLA Luskin Lecture featuring UCLA Luskin alumni serving in government. The panel will also include Caroline Menjivar MSW ’18, member of the California Senate, and Lourdes Castro Ramírez MA UP ’03, chief housing and homelessness officer for the city of Los Angeles and former secretary of California’s Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

READ MORE about Bryan, 2021 MPP Alumnus of the Year



Registration details coming soon

Max Gomberg MPP ’07, an independent water policy consultant and advocate for transformational action to address climate change. Gomberg resigned his post on the California State Water Resources Control Board in 2022 to protest weak government policies regarding water conservation

READ MORE about Gomberg, 2020 MPP Alumnus of the Year

Past Speakers


MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2023
5:30 – 8 p.m.
James West Alumni Center, Collins Conference Room

Regina Wallace-Jones MPP ’99, CEO and president of ActBlue, the tech nonprofit that facilitates online donations to progressive organizations and candidates. Wallace-Jones previously served as a technology executive, elected official and Democratic organizer. 

READ MORE about Wallace-Jones, 2023 MPP Alumna of the Year

Alumni Panels

All UCLA Luskin alumni and students are invited to hear from accomplished alumni sharing their experiences, insights and career journeys. The following panels feature MPP alumni.

Past Panels

All UCLA Luskin alumni and students are invited to hear from accomplished alumni sharing their experiences, insights and career journeys. Panels featuring MPP alumni include:

Luskin Alumni Presidential Management Fellow Meet & Greet

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023
12 noon to 1 p.m.
5391 Public Affairs Building

Meet Sophia Li MPP ’22, Presidential Management Fellow. This event will showcase the diverse journeys and achievements of esteemed Luskin alumni who have participated in the prestigious fellowship program, operated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Women in Sustainability Alumni Panel

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
5391 Public Affairs Building

This panel will feature accomplished alumni who have blazed trails in the sustainability arena: Colleen Callahan MURP ’10, Nurit Katz MPP ’08Daniela Simunovic MURP ’13, and Kristen Torres Pawling MURP ’12. Panelists will discuss their sustainability journey, the challenges they’ve overcome and their paths to success.

Long Beach City Management Assistant Alumni Panel

Friday, Nov. 3, 2023
12 noon to 1 p.m.

Alumni who have participated in the Long Beach Management Assistant program — Mary Daou MPP ’20, Ryan Kurtzman MURP ’18 and Alvin Teng MPP ’18 — will share stories from their experience immersed in local government and learning about career paths in public service.

Fellowship Fund

Your gift to the PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP FUND ensures that more students can pursue their education, hone their skills in critical policy analysis and tackle the most pressing public policy questions.