McGeorge School of Law

Marcie C. Paolinelli

Professor of Public Administration
Marcie C. Paolinelli
Phone: 916.739.7092

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, UC Davis
Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California
Doctor of Public Administration, University of Southern California


Dr. Marcie Paolinelli has provided management consulting services to public sector organizations for over 25 years. She brings a broad range of skills and expertise in strategic planning, management analysis, business process improvement, implementation, and change management. She has led 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.

She recently received the “Ross Clayton Lifetime Achievement Award” for distinguished public service from the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), Sacramento Chapter.