President and Chief Executive Officer

The University of Southern California

Job Description


Pacific Council on International Policy



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About the Organization


The Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy is an independent and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to harnessing the vast potential of the West Coast to influence global issues, discourse, and policy. Established in 1995, the Pacific Council hosts discussion events on matters of international importance, convenes task forces and working groups to address pressing policy challenges, leads international delegations, and fosters a global network of like-minded members across the West Coast and beyond.


The Pacific Council comprises business and civic leaders, policy experts, and aspiring leaders with a shared dedication to international affairs. Members play a vital role, bringing together individuals from diverse industries to exchange ideas, stay informed on global matters, and drive change both locally and internationally. Beyond traditional policymakers and diplomats, the Council recognizes the growing influence of global thinkers in technology, entertainment, media, business, education, health, science, and the arts in shaping the U.S.’s relationship with the world.


The Pacific Council’s mission centers on strengthening Los Angeles’s and California’s capacity to impact global concerns, engagement, and governance. The Council’s vision involves fostering a world where a spirit of internationalism drives global engagement, while diverse perspectives inform policy decisions. The organization’s values revolve around global engagement, inclusivity, objectivity, civility, respect, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


The Council’s focus on “local-to-global” connections involves linking local experiences to global policies and actions. This perspective highlights topics like climate, human rights, and technology, particularly in the context of Los Angeles. The Council aims to showcase for local communities how their actions and policies can have global ramifications and, conversely, help international leaders understand the impact of global policies on local communities. The Pacific Council strives to lead the local-to-global discussion, guiding its members and the wider community in recognizing the reciprocal influence of local and global actions.


  • Operating Budget: $4 million
  • Number of Staff: 10
  • The Pacific Council on International Policy is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Each President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pacific Council has also held an academic appointment at USC that facilitates a relationship of joint programming, leadership collaboration, and connections among students, faculty, and Pacific Council members. The Pacific Council also has a cooperation agreement with USC that involves USC’s administration of the Council’s business affairs (HR and payroll/benefits administration). Pacific Council staff are full-time USC employees and are eligible for all USC employee benefits.

Position Summary


The Pacific Council on International Policy seeks an entrepreneurial, dynamic, and innovative President and CEO with the intellectual curiosity and flexibility to lead the organization to even greater impact in the face of a rapidly evolving external landscape.


Reporting to the Pacific Council on International Policy’s Board of Directors, the President and CEO will work in collaboration with the board to set the organization’s vision and strategy, ultimately driving its enhanced voice and impact on critical policy challenges and solutions. This leader will provide overall operational leadership for the organization and will work to ensure its long-term financial health and programmatic sustainability. The President and CEO will further support the organization’s long-term vitality by raising its external profile; forging partnerships with local, national, and global entities; empowering a high-performing team; and building a strong organizational culture. This position requires significant visibility and the capacity to engage with influential leaders globally, in addition to leading fundraising efforts to support the organization’s mission and initiatives.




Reports To:

Board of Directors


Direct Reports:

Managing Director

Communications Strategy Director

Vice President of Engagement


Other Key Relationships:

Current and prospective donors and supporters

Partner organizations across sectors

Global diplomatic community

Thought leaders in Californian, national, and international communities



Vision and Strategy

  • Set the Pacific Council on International Policy’s ambitious vision and drive innovation to expand its influence, followership, and long-term viability
  • Partner with the board and senior management to drive a strategic growth agenda Communicate progress on strategic goals to the board and other relevant stakeholders

Program Development and Impact

  • Ensure the continuation of excellence in thoughtful programming and foster initiatives that resonate with global audiences sharing the Pacific Council’s interests
  • Expand dissemination of the organization’s programming and leverage a variety of platforms to reach an even broader audience
  • Create strategic connections and disseminate knowledge locally while working to influence global policy


Brand Advancement and Fundraising

  • Foster the growth of the Pacific Council community by cultivating and managing strong relationships with funders, partners, and various stakeholders
  • Amplify the visibility and reputation of the organization at the local, national, and international levels
  • Lead staff and director fundraisers to collaboratively meet annual goals
  • Provide thought leadership on international and foreign policy affairs to drive institutional visibility, credibility, and impact


Team Leadership

  • Oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, strategically deploying financial, human, and intellectual resources for maximum impact
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning, collaboration, and unwavering commitment to excellence, while infusing it with an innovative spirit to fuel ongoing evolution
  • Develop and maintain a senior management team that reflects diverse perspectives and create a leadership pipeline for staff
  • Provide decision-making on hiring, salaries, advancement, organization policies, and cross-organization operations


Board Engagement

  • Collaborate with the board for counsel on priority issues
  • Work with board standing committees to drive solutions and impact
  • Actively report on progress toward financial and strategic goals
  • Cultivate and shape a diverse and dedicated board of directors to advance the organization’s mission

Candidate Profile


The next President and CEO of the Pacific Council on International Policy will be a highly strategic, visionary leader who will seize the opportunity to build a new chapter of prominence, policy impact, and innovation for the organization. This ideal candidate will be a bold and flexible thinker with deep experience in international policy and the capacity to serve as an active and effective fundraiser on behalf of the organization.




International Policy

Considerable experience at the highest levels of governments, multilateral institutions, nongovernmental organizations, or private enterprises, such that the individual has developed policy credibility, a working understanding of national and international issues and related policymaking, and an international network.


Team Leadership

Track record of success as a senior executive in an organization of comparable scale, size, and complexity.


Donor Cultivation

Experience generating meaningful revenue and cultivating relationships with current and potential donors and partners.



High-level experience representing an organization externally, with exposure to media and public speaking before large, high-profile groups.



Strategic Leadership

In a rapidly changing global, regional, and local context, the Pacific Council’s next President and CEO will:

  • Work with the board to build an organizational vision and strategy that enables the Pacific Council to bring a foreign policy perspective to California and extend Los Angeles’s and California’s influence on foreign policy more broadly.
  • Establish and measure progress against organizational goals linked to the broader strategy.
  • Remain intellectually flexible and propose new directions for the organization that will result in greater policy impact and engagement with current and prospective donors, audiences, and stakeholders.


Resource and Partnership Development

The President and CEO will engage with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure appropriate resources and partnerships are in place to support the Pacific Council’s goals. This leader will:

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with both current and potential donors, ultimately growing revenues to enable greater impact.
  • Ensure the organization’s funding sources are diversified.
  • Successfully build engagement, partnerships, and alliances with a broad range of constituencies globally.


Brand- and Influence-Building

The President and CEO will scale up the Pacific Council’s brand, reputation, and influence, and will:

  • Define a programmatic strategy with relevant distribution channels that will maximize the organization’s reach and voice.
  • Identify opportunities to build and cultivate relationships that will accelerate and amplify the organization’s impact.
  • Serve as a highly visible, compelling, and credible spokesperson in a range of forums domestically and abroad.


Target cash compensation for this position is $400K - $500K.


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.


We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.


USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

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