Frank V. Zerunyan

Expert in local governments, public-private partnerships, governance and leadership

Professor of the Practice of Governance, USC Price School of Public Policy

Director, Executive Education Forum at the USC Bedrosian Center


  • local governments
  • public-private partnerships
  • governance
  • leadership
  • executive education
  • legal profession
  • rule of law
  • California redevelopment
  • negotiation
  • international public policy

Additional Information

  • Newgotiation For Public Leaders; The Art of Negotiation for a Better Outcome E-Book (Innovations in Negotiation; Amazon and iTunes) – January 2015
  • City of Rolling Hills Estates, three term Mayor and Council Member – Elected to the City Council in 2003 and re-elected 2007, 2011, 2015; Mayor 2007-2008, 2012-2013 and 2016-2017
  • City of Rolling Hills Estates, Chair of Equestrian Committee (2014-2015)
  • City of Rolling Hills Estates, Chair of Traffic and Safety (2007-2012)
  • City of Rolling Hills Estates, Chair of Environmental Committee (2003-2004)
  • City of Rolling Hills Estates, Planning Commissioner (1999-2003, Chair 2002-2003)
  • Former member, Medical Board of California
  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Energy and Environment and Water Task Force Policy Committee member (2005-2007)
  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Community Economic and Human Development Policy Committee member (2013-Present)
  • Past president, California Contract Cities Association (2008-2009)
  • Executive board member, California Contract Cities (2004-Present)
  • Former Chairman of Board of Governors, Armenian Bar Association (2006-2008)
  • Little Company of Mary Hospitals, Service Task Force member (2003-2005)
  • Former Chairman of the Board, Daniel Freeman Hospitals Foundation (2002)
  • Past member, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships Selection Panel
  • League of California Cities Leadership Institute, member of Administrative Services Policy Committee (2005)
  • Armenian National Committee of America Policy Advisory Committee and Legal Counsel (1995-2005)
  • Former board member, County of Los Angeles Sanitation District
  • Former board member, Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority (2006 and 2010-2013 and 2015)
  • Former advisory board member, Business Technology Center of County of Los Angeles (2000-2015)
  • Former member, Regional Law Committee Palos Verdes Peninsula (2007-2009 and 2012-2014)
  • Founder, Zerunyan Center for Business, Entrepreneurship and Community Development at Palos Verdes Peninsula Library
  • Recipient: Special Congressional Recognition, Special Recognition by California League of Cities, Special Recognition by City of Los Angeles, Special Recognition by State Assembly, Special Recognition by Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Special Recognition by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Special Recognition by Los Angeles County Assessor, Special Recognition by California Contract Cities
  • Recent speaking engagements: Southern California Association of Governments (October 2016), League of California Cities (October 2016), National League of Cities University (September 2016), Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium, Fordham University School of Law (April 2016)


  • French
  • Armenian
  • Turkish

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