Carson Bruno (MPP ’12) Named Assistant Dean for Admission and Program Relations, School of Public Policy
Dean Pete Peterson announced the appointment of Carson Bruno (MPP ’12) as assistant dean for admission and program relations at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP). Bruno is currently a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where he has served for the last four and a half years researching and writing on a variety of state and local policy issues with a particular focus on California and the West.
Bruno coordinated Hoover's acclaimed "Leadership Forums" bringing policy leaders to hold presentations and dialogues with Hoover researchers. He also served as the interim program coordinator for its National Fellows program, which invited younger academics from around the country to short-term fellowships at the Institution. Bruno designed and conducted analysis on the Institution's "Golden State Poll," as he served on the survey’s development team. Bruno regularly writes on policy and politics for a variety of online and print outlets including RealClearMarkets, the San Jose Mercury News, the Sacramento Bee, and others.
A 2012 graduate of the School of Public Policy, Bruno worked at J.P. Morgan Securities in Manhattan in their public finance investment banking division prior to beginning his studies at Pepperdine. He received a BS in accounting and management from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
In his role as assistant dean for admission and program relations, Bruno will oversee the School’s admission, student service, financial aid, and career service departments; as well as support the School of Public Policy in recruitment efforts by building and leveraging relationships with policy faculty, practitioners, and advisors nationwide.
“Carson knows our unique program from the inside out,” said Pete Peterson, dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. “I've envisioned someone who not only brings a network of relationships with policy and academic leaders, but who can creatively build the awareness of SPP within likeminded undergraduate programs and policy institutions. In Carson, I know we've found that person.”
Bruno will begin his official duties as assistant dean for admission and program relations on October 31, 2016.
Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, ranked a top ten public policy program in the West in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report, is built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It is based on the conviction that an elevated and elevating culture, as well as personal moral certainties, are the valid concern of higher education and as important as the tools of analysis. This unique perspective is reflected in the curriculum and unashamedly differentiates it from most other public policy programs.