Previous Case Challenges


February 21, 2019

Graduate students from across the nation gathered in Los Angeles for the seventh Crisis Management Case Challenge. During this event, students presented their policy recommendations on how to improve the functionality of the City of Los Angeles’ mass notification system. Recommendations addressed any political and/or process-based challenges in notifying the public.

First Place: Claire Dancz and Susan Reeves (Clemson)

Second Place: Melissa Brown de Gerena and Connor Dacey

Third Place: Carlee Knott, Elizabeth Marsolais, and Katie Tucker


October 16, 2018

The sixth Crisis Management Case Challenge provided graduate students with the opportunity to develop policy recommendations that would increase the level of disaster preparedness among the City of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities. These recommendations were intended to make the communities more aware and self-sufficient before, during, and after a disaster.

First Place: Elaine Angelica Linga and Maryel Albarran (CSUN)

Second Place: Lizzy Warner, Ari Young, and Yitzhak Henry (Northeastern)

Third Place: John Danly and Brian Zhu (UCLA)


April 11, 2018

Students were asked if educators and school staff in K-12 public schools should be prepared to do more during an emergency? What should be expected of the staff? Why should those expectations be placed upon them? To answer these questions, graduate students presented their policy recommendations during the fifth Crisis Management Case Challenge.

First Place: Brian Harris, Jenny Rees (UCLA)

Second Place: Tanya Shah, Camila Araujo (USC)

Third Place: Xiaofei Lai, Lin Jia (UCLA)


March 9, 2018

Graduate students developed policy recommendations that would strengthen the local grocery store supply chain prior to, during, and after a disaster. During the fourth Crisis Management Case Challenge, the students focused on how their solutions would maintain normal efficiency levels in Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities.

First Place: Pamela Gutierrez Forero, Anastasia Kornilova (USC)

Second Place: Jiayu Hu, Wenzheng Li, Lin Jia (UCLA)

Third Place: Christophe LaBelle, Brian Harris (UCLA)


February 1, 2018

The third Crisis Management Case Challenge invited participants to develop policy recommendations for mass notifications. These policy recommendations addressed the types of technology used and defined parameters around the process of notifying.

First Place: Allison Chatham, Rhys Lim (University of Maryland)

Second Place: Prithvi Deore, Saumya Lathia, Janet Li, Isai Jefferson Rosa (USC)

Third Place: Tanya Shah, Upasana Paul (USC)


October 26, 2017 

During the second Crisis Management Case Challenge, students were prompted to develop policy recommendations on post-disaster housing plans to address large-scale displacement. These plans considered the safety of residents, economical risks and implications, as well as sheltering and financial assistance for those in need.

First Place: Kristian Castro, Nora Flynn, Daphne Xu (USC)

Second Place: Ryan Lutz, Allison Wilhite (USC)

Third Place: Zhi Hu, Nora Wu (USC)


October 5, 2017

For the inaugural Crisis Management Case Challenge, graduate students were asked to develop policy recommendations for large-scale evacuations, based on the lessons learned from recent catastrophic incidents, both natural and human-caused.

First Place: Mara Burger and Kate Powers (USC)
Second Place: Isabel Oropeza and Mitzi Salgado (USC)
Third Place: Angela Lucero and Douglas Tohom (USC)