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Martha M. Escutia


Vice President, Government Relations

Martha M. Escutia, former California State Senator, was appointed vice president for USC Government Relations, effective May 1, 2013. Ms. Escutia oversees the university’s federal, state and local government relations.

Immediately prior to joining USC, Ms. Escutia was a partner at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, a law and consulting firm she co-founded, that provides strategic, legal, legislative, regulatory, and policy advice to a wide array of clients. She was also a partner at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips from 2007 to 2010.

Ms. Escutia was a member of the California State Senate from 1998 to 2006 and a member of the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1998. She was the first woman Chair of both the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees.

She has served as a guest lecturer at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and as an adjunct professor in the political science department at East Los Angeles Community College. She currently serves on the Board of the California Emerging Technology Fund, a $100 million fund aimed at bridging the digital divide and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Board of Trustees. In July 2016, she was appointed to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and she has also served on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

Ms. Escutia received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her bachelor’s degree from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Last Updated: 10/29/18