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Mark Pisano


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Mark Pisano is a Professor of the Practice of Public Administration at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is a former member of the National Academy of Public Administration's Board of Directors and currently Co-Chairs the Standing Panel on Intergovernmental Systems. He is Co-chair of the Infrastructure Working Group of California Forward. He is Chairman of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a national non-profit developing an alternative funding paradigm for funding infrastructure and public goods. For 31 years, he served as executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest regional planning agency. The association consists of a voluntary group of local governments that focuses on dealing with many vital local issues, including aspects of environmental conditions, transportation, housing and development. As Executive Director, he contributed greatly to the implementation of the Alameda Corridor Plan. Before joining SCAG, Mark Pisano served as director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Quality Planning Division. He has also co-founded and held positions at various not-for-profit and governmental associations, such as the California Center for Research and Development, California Federation for Energy and the Environment, California Hazardous Waste Management Authority, LINC Housing, and California Leadership. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University.

History of Employment

Professor of Practice of Public Administration
University of Southern California
Senior Fellow and Board President
Southwest Megaregion Alliance
Federal System Panel and Infrastructure Task Force
National Academy of Public Administration
Infrastructure Working Group
California Forward
America 2050
Former Executive Director
Southern California Association of Governments
Chief Executive Officer
Southern California Hazardous Waste Management Authority
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Institute of Southern California
Water Quality Planning Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Vice President and General Manager
Frank Pisano and Associates
Primary Policy Areas

Intergovernmental System/Federalism, Intergovernmental Affairs and Coordination

Primary Sector of Expertise