Elizabeth Carreño-Diaz is Director of Community Affairs & Strategic Communications Bureau at the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Public Safety (DPS). Her responsibilities include supervision of sworn and civilian personnel, deployment, event planning, community organizing, social media communications, budget, and risk management as well as policy implementation and strategic planning. She has held multiple positions within DPS, ranging from field officer to executive command level as a Community Relations subject matter expert.
She also serves as a Public Information officer for USC DPS, Spanish interpreter, and guest speaker in national campus and law enforcement conferences. She is currently a lecturer at the Woodbury University Public Safety Administration Department (PSAD). In addition to field expertise, she possesses a multitude of practitioner and academic certificates, including Community Planning and Economic Development, Academy Instructor certification, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) West Point Leadership, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.
She received her B.S. from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University and is currently in the process of completing a Doctor of Policy, Planning and Development Degree with a focus on stakeholder analysis and inclusion in the process of transforming public safety at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.
-Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)
-Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University
-Candidate of Doctor of Policy, Planning and Development from University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy.