Frank V. Zerunyan

  • 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
Office: (213) 740-0036 Cell: (310) 971-5219

Expertise Summary

Expert in governance and leadership


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


  • French
  • Armenian
  • Turkish

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)