Symposium 2013

Dates: Friday, April 5, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Borja Leon, Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Transportation
Location: RAND Corporation
Headquarters Campus
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, California 90401-3208

About the Keynote Speaker

Borja Leon

Borja Leon is responsible for developing and implementing Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s transportation agenda at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and the City’s Department of Public Works. In addition, Leon and his team work with other local, state, and federal agencies involved with transportation matters. Before becoming the deputy mayor for transportation, Leon served as a policy analyst for the mayor’s office, where he worked to develop and implement programs to reduce traffic. From 2000 to 2005 he was employed by Caltrans, where he was involved in project development and engineering for major highway and interchange projects. Leon started his career with AECOM Inc., where he worked on rail, highway, structural bridge and port infrastructure projects. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Davis.


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Student Presentations
9:00-9:30"An Exploratory Analysis of California Charter School Discipline Policies in Relation to Charter School Demographics"
Amy Brennen, Author Anderson, Jacqui Logan, Jackie Pomeroy
Presented by: Amy Brennen
9:35-10:05 "Stunting, Wasting, and Underweight Prevalence in Relation to Improved Water and Sanitation in Sierra Leone"
Presented by: Victoria Marie Lopez
10:10-10:40 Unlocking the Potential of Renewable Energy
Presented by: Nicholas Cain
10:45-11:15 "Male Earnings Inequality and Female Age at Marriage"
A.V. Chari, Annemie Maertens, and Sinduja V. Srinivasan
Presented by: Sinduja V. Srinivasan
11:20-11:50 "Increasing Student Learning: Evidence from a Teacher Bonus Program in Rio de Janeiro
Chloe Cornuejols, Soledad De Gregorio, Nobuko Goto, and Cody Reneau
Presented by: Chloe Cornuejols, Soledad De Gregorio, Nobuko Goto, and Cody Reneau
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Speech: Borja Leon
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Local Transportation Panel Discussion
Eric Peltz, RAND; Jonathan Kulick, Pepperdine; Kenneth Kuhn, RAND; James E. Moore II, USC
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Panels:
Environment and Transportation Panel
Sandip Chakrabarti, USC; Rob Lempert, RAND; Juan Matute, UCLA; Rui Wang, UCLA
Human Trafficking Panel
Priscillia Hunt, RAND; Det. Dana Harris, LAPD; Lt. Andre Dawson, LAPD; Mark Latonero, USC; Angela Chung, CAST; Vanessa Lanza, CAST
5:00 p.m. Reception

Bios of Symposium Panel Participants

Local Transportation Panel

Eric Peltz (RAND Corp.)
Eric Peltz is the associate director of the RAND National Security Division. Previously, he directed the Logistics program in the RAND Arroyo Center and the RAND Supply Chain Policy Center. At RAND, he has led projects on a broad range of supply chain topics to include supply chain design, inventory management, purchasing and supplier management, and distribution network design as well as on fleet management, maintenance networks, deployment capabilities, drawing down forces in Iraq, and overseas basing of U.S. forces. Prior to joining RAND, he held positions in production and manufacturing engineering management at Chrysler and served in the U.S. Army.

Jonathan Kulick (Pepperdine University School of Public Policy)
Jonathan Kulick is currently a senior project director in the School of Public Policy (SPP). Kulick is a policy analyst and engineer, with experience in a broad range of domestic and international issues. Prior to joining SPP, he lived in the country of Georgia, where he was first the director of studies at the region's leading think tank and then the senior advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister. He was formerly at RAND, where he conducted research on energy, transportation, and military-operational decision-making.

Kenneth Kuhn (RAND Corp., Pardee RAND)
Kenneth Kuhn is an associate operations researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on asset management, transportation system operations, and logistics. Kuhn's technical training is in optimization, statistics (particularly exploratory data analysis), transportation engineering, and economics. Prior to starting at RAND, he was a visiting academic at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and an aviation systems researcher at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

James E. Moore II (USC Price School of Public Policy, USC Transportation Engineering Program)
James E. Moore II is an expert in transportation engineering, including issues related to infrastructure, traffic, mass transit, congestion and disasters. He currently serves as the Director of the USC Transportation Engineering Program, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Professor of Public Policy and Management in the USC Price School of Public Policy, and is Vice Dean for Academic Programs in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Environment and Transportation Panel

Sandip Chakrabarti (USC Price School of Public Policy) - Moderator
Sandip Chakrabarti’s research focuses on the relationships between land use and transportation, the influence of value of time on travel behavior, the impacts of transportation investments on travel patterns, and transportation policy analysis. He is particularly interested in planning and policy related to public transportation systems, parking, and mobility of economically disadvantaged groups. Sandip is currently involved in funded research in the fields of integrated corridor management, incident management, and regional monitoring using archived transportation system data.

Rob Lempert (RAND Corp., Pardee RAND)
Robert Lempert is a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. His research focuses on decisionmaking under conditions of deep uncertainty, with an emphasis on climate change, energy, and the environment. Lempert and his research team assist a number of natural resource agencies in their efforts to include climate change in their long-range plans. Lempert is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Political and Social Stresses, and a lead author for Working Group II of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and for the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

Juan Matute (UCLA Luskin Center Climate Change Initiative)
Juan Matute studies a number of areas relating to the future of urban mobility, including sustainable transportation and land use, transit, SB 375 implementation, electric vehicles, and local government climate planning. Juan is currently working with Caltrans to develop a Statewide Transit Strategic Plan and on a project funded by the California Energy Commission to introduce life-cycle assessment of energy and emissions into transportation decision-making. In the past, Juan served as co-chair of ICLEI’s Transportation Technical Advisory Committee for its Community-scale GHG Inventory Guidance and on a technical advisory panel and technical working groups for the Southern California Association of Government’s Climate & Economic Development Project.

Rui Wang (UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs)
Professor Rui Wang's research focuses on the policy analysis of sustainable urban development, particularly green transportation, climate change, air quality, public health, and environmental economic geography in the U.S. and China. His work appears in academic outlets such as Atmospheric Environment, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Transport Policy, and Urban Affairs Review. Professor Wang directs the UCLA Chinese Planning Professional Training Program and serves on the Editorial Board of U.S. DOT's Journal of Transportation and Statistics. He has also consulted with the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design.

Human Trafficking Panel

Priscillia Hunt (RAND Corp.) - Moderator
Priscillia Hunt is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include the economic implications of criminal justice policies, particularly at the police and court phases, and illicit and licit drug supply and consumption policies. Prior to joining RAND, Hunt was a research assistant at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, focusing on the economic implications of intellectual property rights, and a teaching assistant in micro- and macro-economics (Warwick) and strategy/game theory (London School of Economics).

Det. Dana Harris (LAPD Human Trafficking Section, Innocence Lost Task Force)
Dana Harris is a Detective for the city of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) who specializes in the investigation of Human Trafficking. Detective Harris is a currently the Detective Supervisor assigned to LAPD’s Human Trafficking Section and is a member of the Innocence Lost Task Force, a federal initiative organized by Federal Bureau of Investigation. This task force specializes in the investigation of Crimes Against Children, including Human Trafficking, Pimping/Pandering/Sexual Assault and Child Pedophilia. He has investigated hundreds of Human Trafficking cases and in the past four years, he personally has been successful in the rescue, arrest and prosecution of over 23 cases of Human Trafficking cases.

Lt. Andre Dawson (LAPD Human Trafficking Section, FBI Child Exploitation Task Force & Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team)
Lieutenant Dawson has been with the Los Angeles Police Department for 30 years with over 20 years of undercover supervisory experience investigating organized crime, vice and gangs related crimes. Lieutenant Dawson currently manages the development and operation of human trafficking task forces, which are designed to pro-actively investigate human trafficking with the primary purposes of identifying and rescuing victims of commercial sex trafficking in persons and prosecute those who sexually exploit women and children.

Mark Latonero (USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy)
Mark Latonero is the research director and deputy managing director at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. His research focuses on emerging communication technology and social change with specific interests in human rights and illicit networks. His recent work includes examination the intersection of technology and human trafficking, and a study of domestic minor sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Angela Chung (Coalition To Abolish Slavery & Trafficking L.A.)
Angela M. Chung, Esq., joined Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) in February 2012 to build the Domestic Human Trafficking Program. Ms. Chung is a graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law. As a Staff Attorney, Ms. Chung provides direct legal services to U.S. citizens and L.P.R. survivors of human trafficking and victim advocacy in the state and federal criminal court systems. She also provides technical assistance on human trafficking cases throughout the United States. Ms. Chung is also the program coordinator building the work to address U.S./L.P.R. victims of human trafficking by working on county-wide initiatives and protocols to meet the needs of this population.

Vanessa Lanza (Coalition To Abolish Slavery & Trafficking L.A.)
Vanessa Lanza began working with CAST in December 2008 as the Outreach Coordinator, and in January 2011, was promoted to Director of Partnerships. In this capacity, she manages CAST’s partnerships with a broad base of community-based organizations, agencies and individuals who coordinate and improve outreach, public awareness, and human trafficking identification efforts. In addition, Vanessa manages the organization’s international partnerships with NGO’s in Mexico, aiming to build the capacity of local non-profits and service providers through training and technical assistance, as well as building and strengthening coalitions. Lastly, Vanessa coordinates the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus, a leadership development program for survivors of human trafficking, where survivors receive advocacy and media training and support. The goal of this program is to support survivors interested in becoming change agents in the anti-trafficking movement. In February 2011, Vanessa worked with the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus to launch a National Survivor Network that brings together survivors across the country to advocate for a stronger survivor voice and perspective and mutual support.