Conversations with Interim Dean Goldman: Public Policy Leading the Way featuring John Chiang

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:00pm to 12:45pm

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Join the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Price Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) for a conversation around California's current financial situation and John Chiang's role and experiences as California's 33rd State Treasurer.


John Chiang, California’s 33rd State Treasurer

With Host Dana Goldman, Interim Dean, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and Leonard D. Schaeffer Director's Chair, USC Schaeffer Center

And introductions by Adam Hsu and Rit Shukla, current USC Price students and board members of the USC Price Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC)


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John Chiang served as California’s 33rd State Treasurer from 2015 until 2019. As the state’s banker, he oversaw trillions of dollars in annual transactions, managed a $75 billion investment portfolio and was the nation’s largest issuer of municipal bonds. Prior to being elected Treasurer, Chiang served as State Controller from 2007 through 2014. During the Great Recession, he took steps to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. 

His cash management decisions were instrumental in keeping the state’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, and his actions saved taxpayers millions of dollars. Additionally, Chiang aggressively used his audit programs to identify more than $9.5 billion of fraud, waste and abuse in government programs, the most by any Controller in California’s history. In 1998, he was elected to California's Board of Equalization and served two terms, including three years as chair. John also served as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow and Hunt-Kean Fellow.

John is currently is a member of the USC Price Board of Councilors, board of directors of Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMEH), Aegis Systems and Zeuss Technologies. In addition, he serves on the advisory boards of Pasadena Private Finance and Calyx Peak. He is also a Fellow with the Dornsife Center for Political Future.


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Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff



Price School of Public Policy


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