Politics & Policy

Sports, Politics and Community Engagement

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Nichol Whiteman, CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and fall 2021 fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF), joins CPF Co-Directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy to discuss the intersection of sports, politics and community engagement.

Under Whiteman’s leadership, LADF tackles the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. The foundation supports more than 100 nonprofit organizations with $21 million in investments over the last five years, has built 51 Dodgers Dreamfields and has provided meals and donations to vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dodgers have been central to the city’s efforts to combat the virus, feeding, testing and vaccinating hundreds of thousands of Angelenos at Dodger Stadium.

As a Black woman in Major League Baseball, Whiteman understands the importance of access. She uses her resources to open doors and opportunities for youth from all backgrounds. In this conversation, she highlights the power of diversity in advocating for resources and opportunities for marginalized populations.

Who Will Benefit

– Entry-level employees looking for insight on how to build a career in the nonprofit sector
– Those who want advice on how to effectively run a nonprofit and enact major changes
– Nonprofit leaders hoping to boost donor acquisition and fundraising results

About Our Featured Faculty

Robert “Bob” Shrum is the director of the USC Center for the Political Future and the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife. A legendary political strategist, he was described as “the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party,” by The Atlantic Monthly. He was the strategist in over 25 winning U.S. Senate campaigns, eight successful campaigns for governor, successful campaigns for mayors in major American cities, and numerous campaigns for Congress and other statewide offices. His numerous clients included Edward Kennedy, Joe Biden, John Glenn, and Barbara Mikulski, David Dinkins and Tom Bradley — and John Kerry and Al Gore in their presidential races. Overseas, his clients included Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the British Labour Party, the Prime Minister of Ireland, and the Presidents of Colombia and Bolivia.

Mike Murphy is the co-director of the USC Center for the Political Future. Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political media consultants, having handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns. His record in helping Republicans win Democratic states is unmatched by any other GOP consultant. Murphy has been called a “media master” by Fortune magazine, the GOP’s “hottest media consultant” by Newsweek, and the leader of a “new breed” of campaign consultants by Congressional Quarterly. He is a widely known political pundit, appearing frequently on NBC, CNN and NPR. Previously, he served as a regular on the Meet the Press political roundtable and wrote the “Murphy’s Law” column for TIME Magazine.