The USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, which includes the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, celebrates the lives of influential people whose contributions and dedication have made it possible to carry out our mission.

Dr. Larry Berg

1939 – 2013

Dr. Berg joined USC’s Department of Political Science in 1969 and co-founded the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute.

Joseph R. Cerrell

1935 – 2010

Joseph R. Cerrell was a transformative figure in California and national politics, government, and public service.

Elizabeth Garrett

1963 – 2016

Elizabeth Garrett was Cornell University’s first woman president.

Kam Kuwata

1953 – 2011

Kam Kuwata was one of California’s leading Democratic political strategists.

Gloria Molina

1948 – 2023

Gloria Molina was the first Chicana elected to the California State Assembly and the first Latina to join the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Jesse M. Unruh

1922- 1987

Jesse M. Unruh rose from an impoverished childhood to be one of the most powerful people in California politics over the course of four decades.

Carmen Warschaw

1917 – 2012

Carmen Warschaw was a pioneering figure in national and California Democratic politics.