May 9, 2018
Dr. Paolinelli joined the faculty at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in December 2015. She worked closely with Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin to launch the Master of Public Administration and Master in Public Policy degree programs at the law school in August 2016.
Dr. Paolinelli has provided management consulting services to public sector organizations for over 25 years, leading projects for a wide variety of government programs, including environmental protection, health, social services, transportation, and emergency management. She started her consulting career at PriceWaterhouse LLP in 1988, joined the partnership of Synergy Consulting in 1995, and then launched Paolinelli & Associates, where she has provided strategic and tactical consulting services since 2003.
In addition to her consulting experience, Dr. Paolinelli served as an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California where she taught graduate-level courses in management analysis and information technology management. She also co-directed the California Leadership Institute, an executive leadership and management training program for the State of California's top-level managers at the career executive assignment level.
As a member of the American Society of Public Administration, Dr. Paolinelli has served as President of the Sacramento Chapter, National Board Member of the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management, and National Council Member representing California. She received her Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
The award is in the name of Ross Clayton, an Emeritus Professor at University of Southern California who has been affiliated with USC since 1968. He served as Dean of USC's School of Public Administration and Director of USC's Sacramento Center. He has demonstrated a "lifetime commitment to the ideals of public service."