University of Southern California

Center for Religion & Civic Culture

Community Initiative Fellows

CRCC works to ensure that research is translated into communities and that communities inform both programs and the research process. Community Initiative Fellows participate in civic engagement programs.

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Samuel Chu

Samuel M. Chu is currently a research associate at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at University of Southern California, where he engages in research, writing and teaching around community organizing, public leadership, and the role of religious institutions

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Rev. Frank Jackson, Jr.

Rev. Frank Jackson, Jr. serves as a community outreach organizer for the Institute for Violence Prevention at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Rev. Jackson is also chairman and CEO of The Group of Village Companies in Irvine,

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Rev. Jim Ortiz

Pastor Jim Ortiz is an ordained minister, and for 38 years has served as senior pastor of “My Friend’s House,” an Assembly of God congregation in Whittier, California. As senior pastor, he establishes and directs the vision for ministry, oversees