Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas is named as one of six honorary degree recipients for USC Commencement 2017, held on May 11, 2017 on the University Park Campus.
Mark Ridley-Thomas has distinguished himself for more than 25 years as a strong advocate for millions of people through his work as a local and state legislator. He presently serves as chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a board member of L.A. Care and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a member of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission.
Throughout his career in government, he has worked to increase civic engagement in local communities, improve access to high-quality health care, and provide critical services to the underserved and the homeless, among other achievements.
Ridley-Thomas, who earned his PhD from USC, is widely regarded as the foremost advocate of neighborhood participation in government decision-making.
Read more at USC News.