Los Angeles Government to University Initiative


About the Initiative

SCAG, in partnership with the Pardee RAND Graduate School, launched the Los Angeles Government to University (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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles G2U team in formulating action plans to address challenges and messaging for future communication campaigns.

Upcoming Events

SCAG will host two webinars during the project research timeline to share information and broaden awareness and engagement. Further details will be posted here to this page in the coming weeks.

Additional Information

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

Debbie Dillon
Chief Strategy Officer, SCAG
Tel: (213) 236-1870
Email: dillon@scag.ca.gov
Sandy Buchan
Executive Director of Career Services, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Tel: (310) 367-0204
Email: sbuchan@rand.org