Caroline Bhalla is an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. She serves as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Data for Social Change Project, housed in the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the USC Price School of Public Policy and USC Marshall School of Business. She is skilled at building strong and lasting partnerships with community-based organizations, pairing university resources with community expertise to maximize impact for collaboration and social change. At the Neighborhood Data for Social Change Project, she has built a culture of inclusion, diversity and overall excellence: training students, diversifying staff, and co-creating and managing community-based research and data projects.
Caroline was most recently the Executive Director of the Price Center for Social Innovation, whose mission is to develop ideas and strategies to improve equity and quality of life for people living in low income urban communities. In this role, she directed all activities and operations of the center while helping to expand the strategic vision and impact of their work. She spearheaded and launched the Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) initiative in 2017.
Over the years, Caroline’s research and advocacy have worked towards Native American representation and inclusion in various spaces. She has striven to include Native American voice and considerations in all facets of work.
Caroline earned her B.A. in Mass Communications/ Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Caroline received an M.A. in Culture and Communication from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and an M.A. in American Studies from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the Rossier School of Education at USC.