Frank V. Zerunyan

Expert in governance and leadership

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

Director, Executive Education Forum at the USC Bedrosian CenterDirector, Executive Education Forum at the USC Bedrosian Center and The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making

Director and University Liaison to USC Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) Programs


  • local governments
  • governance
  • negotiation
  • leadership
  • public-private partnerships
  • executive education
  • legal profession
  • public speaking
  • rule of law

Additional Information

Additional Information

  • City of Rolling Hills Estates, three-term Mayor and Council Member (2003-Present)
  • City of Rolling Hills Estates, Planning Commissioner (1999-2003, Chair 2002-2003)
  • Former Member, Medical Board of California; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointee (2006-2011) (Confirmed by California Senate 2007)
  • Past member, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships Selection Panel (President George W. Bush, 2008)
  • 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)
  • Former Chairman of Board of Governors, International 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)
  • League of California Cities Leadership Institute (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 and 2017-2018)

 Book or Book Chapters

  • Negotiation for Public Administration Professionals (Vandeplas Publishing, 2019)
  • Public-Private Partnerships; Construction, Protection, and Rehabilitation of Critical Infrastructure (Editors Robert Clark and Simon Hakim,  Springer, 2019)
  • Next-Generation Ethics; Engineering a Better Society (Editor Ali E. Abbas, Cambridge University Press, 2019)


  • French
  • Armenian
  • Turkish

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