New ethics and compliance leader brings a focus on values

Stacey GiwaStacy Giwa has joined USC as vice president of ethics and compliance — with a focus on values and culture and the goal of strengthening integrity and ethical decision-making across the university.

In 2009, Giwa became vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Southern California Edison, establishing a companywide compliance program now held up as an example of best practices in the industry. She focused on helping leaders and supervisors at all levels of the organization embrace and emphasize company values and ethical behavior.
Before joining USC in November, she worked as a partner at Ernst & Young, assisting clients with assessing their compliance risk, investigating allegations of misconduct and launching initiatives to improve ethical practices.

“For all the right reasons, USC is taking a step back to see what we can learn from our key stakeholders about our values,” said Giwa. “It’s a really pivotal time. There are a lot of great things happening here, so to be part of helping people engage around values as a core element of meeting our objectives of being a top research university and outstanding medical enterprise is exciting.”