James David Ballard, Ph.D.
James David Ballard is an associate professor of sociology at California State University, Northridge. His doctorate comes from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in concentrations including political sociology, criminology and deviance. He is the author of over 50 articles, book chapters, and various governmental documents focused primarily on transportation related to terrorism attacks, radiological terrorism, and attacks against nuclear waste shipments and storage facilities. In 2002, he testified in both the United States House and Senate on risks of attacks against shipments to the proposed high-level radioactive waste facility at Yucca Mountain. He has also worked over the last several years on various NATO projects related to terrorism.
Lawrence Becker, Ph.D.
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.
Matthew Cahn, Ph.D.
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 CIMNS resides within NOAA 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.
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.
Tom Hogen-Esch, Ph.D.
Tom Hogen-Esch received his Ph. D. in political science from the University of Southern California in 2002. His teaching interests include U.S. and California Government, Public Policy and Administration, Race and Ethnic Politics, and Urban Politics. Along with Terry Christensen, Professor Hogen-Esch is the author of Local Politics: A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots (M.E. Sharpe 2006). He has also published articles in California Journal of Politics and Policy (2011), A Companion History to Los Angeles (2010), Urban Affairs Review (2006; 2001), California Politics and Policy (June 2004), and California Policy Issues Annual (March 2003). He is working on an article examining political corruption in the city of Bell, California. His dissertation, "Recapturing Suburbia: Urban Secession and the Politics of Growth in Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle" explored issues of governance, social movements, and urban fragmentation. From 1997-1999, he held a staff position for the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission. He is regularly quoted in the media on Los Angeles and California government. Professor Hogen-Esch can be reached by phone at (818) 677-3484 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven J. Golightly, Ph.D.
Dr. Golightly currently serves as Director of the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, one of the largest locally-administered child support programs in the nation. He was appointed to this position by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on February 23, 2007. He oversees an agency of 1500 employees, an annual budget of $173 million and a caseload of over 300,000.
His career has focused exclusively on programs and initiatives designed to assist low-income children and families. In 1996, Dr. Golightly was appointed as a career member of the Federal government's Senior Executive Service and served as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, based in Federal Region IV - the eight southeastern states.
Dr. Golightly currently serves on the boards of directors for the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the California Child Support Directors Association, the Los Angeles County Management Council and the California State University Dominguez Hills College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board.
Thomas Hartman, Ph.D.
Thomas Hartman is an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. His research and teaching focus on American foreign policymaking, with an emphasis on instruments of power and the role of ethics in international affairs.
In the MPA Program, Professor Hartman teaches the Seminar in Ethics & Public Administration.
Henrik Minassians, Ph.D.
Henrik Minassians is the director of Regional/National Educational Partnerships & Services for Graduate & Professional Educational Services and Programs at The Tseng College, California State University, Northridge. He also teaches courses in Public Policy and Administration at CSUN. His research interests include implementation and evaluation issues in higher education and health care policy. His applied research has focused on accountability programs in higher education and the effectiveness of indicators used for performance measurement. Dr. Minassians has written on the implementation of public programs in higher education and health care.
Before coming to CSUN, Dr. Minassians worked as a senior research associate for the higher education program at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, New York. Recent publications include: Performance Reporting: "Real" Accountability or Accountability "Lite" (2003); Reporting Higher Education Results: Missing Links in the Performance Chain (published by Jossey-Bass, 2002); State Performance Reporting Indicators What Do They Indicate? (In Planning for Higher Education, 2002); Performance Reporting: The "No Cost" Accountability Program, (2002); Linking State Resources to Campus Results: From Fad to Trend, (2001); Performance Funding and Budgeting: An Emerging Merger? (2000); and Myths and Illusions: The Media and AIDS Policy (with Stella Theodoulou, 1996); "Good Cities and Healthy Communities in the United States" Journal of Urban Design and Planning (with Zeynep Toker)(Accepted for publication in October 17, 2011); Core Concepts in American Government: What Everyone Should Know The chapter titled "Bureaucracy" (with Lawrence Becker) (accepted for publication in fall of 2010).
He has had the experience working for public agencies as well as not-for-profit organizations. In addition, he taught public policy and American politics courses at State University of New York-Albany. He currently teaches public policy classes for the MPA program. Henrik holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs at the University at Albany-SUNY.
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 (California State Association of Counties).
Ravi Roy, Ph.D.
Ravi Roy holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (College of Honors); an M.A. in public policy from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California; and a Ph.D. in political science (with a concentration in comparative political economy/public policy), also from Claremont Graduate University. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies.
Ravi is also a research fellow at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to his CSUN appointment, he was director of the Master's Program in International Development in the School of Global Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
In addition, Ravi has written or co-written three books and was the lead editor on a fourth, which focused on the role of ideas and mental models in shaping people's discrete understandings of the choices available to them and how these, in turn, inform their various policy preferences.
David Shafie, Ph.D.
David Shafie is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Chapman University, where he conducts research on environmental politics and administrative policymaking. He is author of Presidential Administration and the Environment (Routledge, 2014) and Eleventh Hour: The Politics of Policy Initiatives in Presidential Transitions (Texas A&M Press, 2013). Dr. Shafie also teaches California Politics, is co-author of Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State (Longman, 2nd ed., 2010) and has published articles in American Behavioral Scientist and The Journal of Information Technology and Politics. He has taught in the MPA programs at California State University, Northridge, and Ohio University.
Ward Thomas, Ph.D.
Ward Thomas is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He teaches a variety of courses, including the growth and development of cities, policy analysis, urban policy and economic development.
Dr. Thomas' current research interests are in the fields of economic development and environmental planning. Dr. Thomas is conducting research on the effects of environmental regulations on local industries in the Los Angeles region. He recently published a case study of the metal finishing industry in the December 2009 edition of Economic Development Quarterly.
Dr. Thomas teaches the Public Policy Analysis course for the MPA program. Dr. Thomas received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Oregon, an MPA from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Steven Wantz, M.P.A.
Professor Steven Wantz is the Manager of Fiscal and Administrative Services in the County Executive Office (CEO) for County of Ventura. He is responsible for the fiscal management of the CEO Department's general operations, Internal Service Funds, and program and grant operations. Professor Wantz has 21 years experience in local government public budgeting and fiscal administration as well as 6 years experience as an affiliated faculty member with the MPA program at California State University Northridge.
Wantz teaches Public Budgeting and Financial Administration for the CSUN MPA program. 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; a Certificate in School Business Management Practices from Pepperdine University; and a Local Area Network (LAN) Specialist Certificate; University of California, Santa Barbara; 1997.
Kim Williams, Ed.D.
Kim Williams is a management and governance consultant to nonprofit executives and governing boards. She specializes in building capacity in mission-driven environments to promote disciplined decision-making, ethical leadership and meaningful social change. Client services include governance systems development, strategic planning, interim executive and transition management, training and professional development, and executive onboarding and coaching.
Dr. Williams also designs training programs and conducts seminars on nonprofit governance and strategic planning for the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Junior League of Los Angeles Board Fellows Program and the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program. She also teaches courses in nonprofit governance and strategic planning for California State University, Northridge, LMU Extension and UCLA Extension.
Bryce Yokomizo, M.P.A.
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.