About

photo credit: Jamie Biver

My name is Aubrey Hicks, I currently live on unceded territories of the Tongva/Chumash … Los Angeles. My work is through USC as the Executive Director of the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. My focus at the center is public outreach on governance, broadly.

Working with students, staff, faculty, and community members, we work to find ways to make a positive impact; to learn how to build communities, foster creativity and connection, and leave the world a tiny bit better than it was when we came into it.

These daily conversations have me thinking about politics, governance, and democracy. The strength of democracy lies within it’s people. To thrive, the people must be willing to be neighbors. To recognize our duty to each other. It scares me that this feels impossible some days.

I’m a book geek, how did I get here?

My background is in literature and library science, and I’ve held positions in publishing, academic administration, and project management.

I read. Voraciously.

I work to be antiracist. I work to be feminist. I believe in equity, inclusion, and the messy beauty of diversity. There is no one right answer … only possibilities that we haven’t even imagined yet.

Los Angeles is my adopted home. I was an Army brat, so L.A. is as home as I’ll ever be! I live with my partner and our four cats and two dogs – plus the raccoons, possums, birds, bees, & wild kitties we try to keep safe in the neighborhood.

Photos on this website are all mine, unless otherwise noted.

Here are Iris and Snow, they’ve crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I miss them.
This is a photo of Iris
This is a photo of Snowdrop, Snowdrop