Leading from the West: Roy Choi and Tara Roth

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Taking it to the streets:  Social media shakes it up

A conversation with Roy Choi and Tara Roth, moderated by Raphael Bostic

Social media shakes up philanthropy, bringing exposure to underserved, hard to reach communities. How can building community online translate to real life community engagement?

Join us for an evening of conversation with Tara Roth and Roy Choi. Each has a unique approach to reaching out and making a difference – we ask: How can social media help build real world community changes?

As Californians, Roth and Choi are truly leading from the west.

Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation and founding COO of GOOD Magazine, takes "that's not good enough" and uses financial, social, and human capital to make emerging innovations thrive. Goldhirsh supports social innovation and is behind many philanthropic initiatives. Among them is the My LA2050 Grants Challenge which challenged Angelinos to collectively guide $1 million to build the Los Angeles future of their dreams. Top projects were selected, grants were dispersed and metrics put in place to measure results. Roth is all about bringing innovation and social change to the forefront. “I believe LA is this incredibly diverse, culturally rich region that embodies America on fast-forward,” Roth says. “The rest of the world resides in Los Angeles.” 

Roy Choi, a Korean American chef with a strong resume, gained great prominence as the creator of the gourmet Korean taco truck, Kogi. He has taken his expansive restaurant career and built a strong identity to create good engagement with the Los Angeles community and beyond through his restaurants Chego, LocoL, A-Frame, as well as his book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food. His presence in the South Los Angeles food desert is bringing local youths into the kitchen and behind the counter to develop skills that will prepare them for a more promising future and away from at-risk living. Choi leads by example all while learning from his successes and failures. He built his food truck empire through the use of Twitter.  

Our moderator, Raphael Bostic, is the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair on Governance and the Public Enterprise. His work spans many fields including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. Emphasis has been on how the private, public, and non-profit sectors interact to influence household access to economic and social amenities. Congratulations to Raphael on his recent appointment as president of the Federal Reserve Bank - Atlanta!

The Leading from the West speaker series is a platform that offers insight into effective governance through conversations with major western leaders of our time from the local, state and federal levels. The western states have long been at the leading edge of social, economic, and political developments that the rest of the United States subsequently faces and grapples with. From air pollution in the 1970s to immigration policy today, the west has been at the center of some of America’s most significant policy issues and has provided leadership in crafting solutions. We are able to identify steps necessary to help the public sector work better and create opportunities for best practices and cutting-edge thinking to be more broadly known and used.


Will Roy's food truck be there?  Yes! LocoL will begin serving after the event. Free to the first 300 registered guests who check-in.  Plate consists of 2 foldies & agua fresca.  No substitutions!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

All Leading from the West guests should park in PSX OR PSD (Parking Structures).

Upon entering either of the parking structures, there will be a parking fee of $12 per car. You will be instructed where to park.

A detailed and printable map of campus can be found here.

You may also take the Metro Expo line, which has three stops conveniently located around the USC campus. The most direct stop is the Expo Park/USC stop. Use the Metro Trip Planner to find your route!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at bedrosian.center@usc.edu - we'll likely be busy during the day of our event, we are a small research center - so important questions should be directed to us the day before! 

You can also call us at 213.740.4618 (again, we'll be out of the office preparing the venue - so call us with important questions before the 23rd!)

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


University Park Campus


BedrosianCenter, PriceSchool, careercenter


Free; must register!

Price School of Public Policy
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Peijean Tsai

Peijean Tsai left a positive review 3/23/2017

Wonderful event -- moderator was excellent and really enjoyed both speakers. Also enjoyed the free food by LocoL food truck afterward. Thank you!

Linh Pham

Linh Pham left a positive review 3/23/2017

perfect moderator and guests. The event was entertaining and informative. And thank you for the food trucks.

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