Southern California Government-to-University Initiative


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About the Initiative

SCAG, in partnership with the Pardee RAND Graduate School, launched the Southern California Government-to-University (SoCal G2U) initiative in February 2020. It is one of five such initiatives around the country (the others are in Pittsburgh, Kansas, Chicago, and North Carolina) that are addressing critical governance challenges by building regional networks of governments and universities. Initiated by the non-profit Volcker Alliance, founded by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, G2Us sustainably connect government’s hiring and research needs with local university capacity and is premised on the notion that bringing government and university leaders together is a powerful approach to strengthening government’s ability to deliver on its mission. At the core of the G2U Initiative is a growing group of vibrant, regional networks connecting local, state, and federal government leaders with key faculty and administrators from surrounding colleges and universities.

The SoCal G2U recently launched a project to address barriers to talent and diversity in public sector careers and supports SCAG’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the steering committee includes member cities, as well as state, federal, and other local and university partners.

Project Objectives

  • Document challenges to attracting talented and diverse college and university students in public sector careers in the Los Angeles region.
  • Produce videos to support recruiting efforts.
  • Support the SoCal G2U team in formulating action plans to address challenges and messaging for future communication campaigns.

Additional Information

For more information, please refer to the Volcker Alliance website.


Debbie Dillon
Chief Strategy Officer
Tel: (213) 236-1870

Sandy Buchan
Executive Director of Career Services
Pardee RAND Graduate School
Tel: (310) 367-0204


Doctoral Research Showcase Seminar Series

In partnership with the Volcker Alliance, SCAG, and the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the SoCal G2U Initiative hosted a series of online seminars showcasing research from doctoral candidates in the Southern California area that may influence the future of work in the public sector. 

Each session, offered via Zoom, included representatives from graduate programs with research specializing in the listed areas. Pardee RAND Graduate School and California State University Dominguez Hills coordinated the events.


SoCal G2U: Events

Past Events

Promising Strategies to Expand Talent & Diversity in the Public-Sector Workforce

Held on: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (PST)

This webinar presented the findings of a new research study on expanding the talent and diversity of the Southern California public-sector workforce, with lessons that may be applied in other regions of the country.


Public Sector Personal Career Stories

This series of public sector personal career stories videos showcases the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and career paths throughout the public sector in Southern California. Students and others considering their careers should find the videos of interest as they explore their career options.

These videos were produced by the Tech + Narrative Lab at the Pardee RAND Graduate School to support the Southern California Government-to-University (SoCal G2U) Initiative.

We encourage you to use and redistribute these videos. You are welcome to play, copy, and redistribute these videos for academic, government, non-profit, or other non-commercial purposes, provided you do not edit or alter the videos.

Videos © 2021 Pardee RAND Graduate School