Dr. Marcie Paolinelli

Paolinelli was awarded Professor of the Year by graduating Public Administration and Public Policy students. She won the award in 2022 and 2023 as well. 

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the MPP/MPA Professor of the Year award,” Paolinelli said. “This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of my incredible students, whose passion for public administration inspires me every day. In the upcoming year, I look forward to continuing our journey of learning and discovery, striving to equip each of our students with the knowledge and skills to effect positive change in our communities. Thank you for this remarkable honor.”

Paolinelli rejoined the McGeorge School of Law faculty in 2023 as a full-time professor for the Public Administration and Public Policy programs. She previously taught at McGeorge from 2015-2022.

Paolinelli has provided management consulting services to public sector organizations for over 30 years, having led projects for a wide variety of government programs, including environmental protection, health, social services, transportation, and emergency management. She served as the co-director of the University of Southern California’s California Leadership Institute, an executive leadership and management training program for the State of California’s top-level managers.

As a member of the American Society of Public Administration, Paolinelli has served as President of the Sacramento Chapter, National Board Member of the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management, and National Council Member representing California. She was honored by the American Society for Public Administration, Sacramento Chapter with the Ross Clayton Distinguished Public Service Award for meritorious service in the field of public administration over the course of a lifetime.

Paolinelli has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. She also received a Master’s of Public Administration and a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.