Master of Public Administration for Executives


Suzanne Beaumaster, Ph.D.

Dr. Beaumaster is chair of the doctoral program in public administration and associate professor of public administration at the University of La Verne. She received her MPA from Northern Kentucky University and her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. A specialist in the area of information-technology (IT) management in public organizations, Dr. Beaumaster has published articles concerning IT and government, written a book chapter on "E-participation models," and presented a number of papers on related topics at international conferences. At La Verne, she has developed online public administration programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to curriculum development, Dr. Beaumaster has also developed civic networks and computer-training workshops for rural communities.

Lawrence Becker

Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lawrence Becker is a professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. He teaches a variety of American political courses, including the American Presidency, the Legislative Process, and Political Parties and Elections. In addition, Dr. Becker teaches courses on policy and administration in the MPA and PSM programs.

Dr. Becker's main research interests center on the link between legislative procedures and policy outcomes. His book, Doing the Right Thing, was published by the Ohio State University Press in 2005, and studies four cases in which Congress utilized tailor-made procedures to overcome collective action problems. He is currently working with Dr. Cahn on a co-authored book examining the tension between science and democracy in regulatory politics. Dr. Becker received his B.A. (1991) from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. (1996) and his Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Maurice Bisheff

Consultant, San Ani Group

Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Southern California

Maurice Bisheff has worked in and with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout his career in teaching and public service. At the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration, he consulted with municipal departments with the Center for Training and Development, was an associate director with its Gaming-Simulation Group for 15 years, and co-developed and taught classes on Urban Policymaking and Strategic Planning in the Public Sector. He also taught classes in Public Administration and Society, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Designing, Public Policymaking Processes, Organization Development in the Public Sector, and Group and Intergroup Relations.

He is a consultant to the San Ani group, which is designing for-profit, replicable water management and community development systems for poor, third world communities, employing requisite organizational theory as a critical component. He teaches Public Administration and its Environments, Organization Theory and Human Behavior, and Strategic Management in the Public Sector for CSUN.

Matthew Cahn

Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., USC

Matthew Cahn has been a professor at California State University, Northridge since 1991. Over the years he has taught at several universities in the southern California region, including as Visiting Professor of Public Policy at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California.  He is currently Administrative Fellow in the Dean's Office in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUN.

His research interests include environmental management, public policy and California Studies. He is currently working on a book titled Linking Science to Decision Making in Environmental Policy: Bridging the Disciplinary Gap.  This project examines the tensions between science and policy using the question of marine protected areas in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) as a case study. Dr. Cahn served as Chair of the Marine Reserve Science Advisory Panel working with the CINMS process from 1999-2001 and served as a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council from 1998-2004. The CINMS resides within National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. His most recent books include Public Policy: The Essential Readings (2nd ed 2012), Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State (2nd ed 2009), and Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation: A Policy Approach that Works (2005). 

In the MPA Program, Dr. Cahn teaches the Seminar in Public Administration and Its Environment, Research Methods, Public Policy Analysis and Organizational Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Sharon Caudle

Ph.D., The George Washington University

Dr. Caudle is Distinguished Policymaker in Residence, the Bush School, Texas A & M University. She has extensive federal government experience with the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Management and Budget as well as state government experience with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Caudle has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics ranging from performance management to homeland security. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in public administration from The George Washington University. She also holds a master's degree in homeland security and homeland defense from the School of International Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California.

John Nicoll

Professor John Nicoll's career in City and County Government spanned 34 years. As Management Services Director in the City of Burbank and as Assistant County Executive in Ventura County. His experience in finance, budget, human resources and his role as Chief Negotiator for three decades provides clear understanding of the history practices principles and challenges in Labor Relations. As a graduate instructor since the early 1990s he has received Academic awards including the Scoville Award for Academic Excellence from the Los Angeles Chapter of American Society for Public Administration. He has provided training and presentations For the California Debt and Investment and Advisory Commission, The National League of Cities and CSAC.

H. Eric Schockman

President and Founder, Global Hunger Foundation

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

Dr. Schockman served as vice president of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and is the president and founder of the Global Hunger Foundation. A public policy expert, Dr. Schockman has served as associate dean and associate professor of political science for the University of Southern California and has been a consultant for the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. He has also served on a number of prestigious state boards and commissions and was the policy director for the City of Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission. He did a stint in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In addition, Dr. Schockman has written several books and edited many articles on California politics, and national and international affairs. He earned his doctorate in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California.

Steven Wantz

Manager of Fiscal & Administration Services, County of Ventura

M.P.A., California State University, Northridge

Professor Steve Wantz has 23 years experience in local government public budgeting and financial administration. As Manager of Fiscal & Administrative Services for the County Executive Office at the County of Ventura he was responsible for the fiscal management of general government operations, internal service funds, and program and grant funds. He also worked for the City of Ventura Treasury, Budget and Revenue Offices, as well as the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Internal Business Office. He has been an affiliated faculty member with the MPA program since 2004. He received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from California State University, Northridge; his B.A. in economics from California State University, Long Beach; and a Certificate in School Business Management Practices from Pepperdine University.

Bryce Yokomizo

Former Director, Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services

M.P.A., University of Southern California

Bryce Yokomizo formerly served as Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, managing public welfare services with a budget of $3 billion, and staff of over 14,000. Professor Yokomizo also served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Los Angeles County, and has served on Governing Boards of numerous management and non-profit human services organizations.

Professor Yokomizo is a graduate of UCLA, holds an MPA degree from the University of Southern California, and teaches Entrepreneurial Management, Ethics and Professionalism, Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management.