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Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

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University of Southern California

Gary Painter, Director for Social Policy

The Price Center promotes the exploration and understanding of how to create sustainable, holistic vitality in low-income, urban communities. To this end we develop scholars, leaders and initiatives to advance novel approaches and solutions, with a particular eye toward understanding large-scale change efforts in places and populations.  We assemble, integrate, and maintain neighborhood data to facilitate research, evaluation and action in the urban realm. We evaluate programs and policies to determine what works, why and what can be applied elsewhere. We convene local seminars and national conferences to tell data stories, to explicate the research of social innovation scholars, and to magnify the impact of social innovators by bringing them together with change leaders from around the world in a common pursuit of equality of opportunity for children and families in marginalized urban communities.

Caroline Bhalla
Executive Director
Megan Goulding
Director of External Affairs
Peter Griffin
Graduate Research Assistant
Prof. Gary Painter photo
Gary Painter
Director for Social Policy
Elly Schoen
Data and Project Manager


The Price Center and LeadersUp are partnering to address unemployment among young people who have been involved in the justice system. Together they will partner with local businesses and... [read more]
August 28, 2019
The USC Price Center for Social Innovation and the Safe Communities Institute hosted a panel discussion and community forum on August 28th as part of their new NDSC Criminial Justice Data... [read more]
August 15, 2019
In partnership with Microsoft and the... [read more]


September 15, 2021
Digital Feature - By: Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, Los Angeles Housing Department, The Unidad Coalition

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

May 1, 2021
Report - By: Hilary Olson, Kalen Cornelious, Riley Carbonneau, Victoria Ciudad-Real, Dr. Jovanna Rosen, Cynthia Barboza-Wilkes, Hannah Lee, Gary Painter

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Report, Brief
January 1, 2021
Report - By: Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Accelerating Fair Chance Hiring among Los Angeles Employers, Project Findings Report, Fair Chance Employer Framework
September 1, 2020
Report - By: USC Equity Research Institute, Committee for Greater LA, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

May 12, 2020
Report - By: Ashlin Oglesby-Neal, Alena Stern, Kathryn L.S. Pettit

Urban Institute, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Link to report, Link to technical appendix, Link to interactive tool

Partner Webinars

October 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

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Presenters Peter Ciurczak, Boston, Geoff Smith, Chicago, Caroline Bhalla, LA, Amy Confair, Philadelphia