Varouj Abkian, P.E.
Varouj Abkian is an experienced environmental engineer and executive management consultant with over 38 years of experience. His experience includes design, construction management, and start-up and operations of wastewater treatment plants. Mr. Abkian has a diversified background in technical training and management, and he has experience in managing over 500 professional and technical employees at the City of Los Angeles. He has worked in notable positions within the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, such as the Assistant Director of the Bureau of Sanitation and a Principal Civil Engineer for the Environmental Engineering Division for the Bureau of Engineering. He has been a professor in many academic institutions such as California State University Northridge and Los Angeles, University of Phoenix, and Los Angeles Trade Technical College, instructing courses in technical, leadership, and management.
He has consulted the Mayor’s and Council Offices and many departments in the City of Los Angeles in strategic management and leadership. Currently, he is a consultant with several government and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Abkian has a BS degree in Chemistry and an MS Degree in Environmental Engineering from Loyola Marymount University.
Pauline Arneberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Pauline Arneberg is Principal of A&A Associates, an international organizational development and training firm. She has practiced organization development and taught action training and research in Bahrain, Pakistan, Botswana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and has served as a senior consultant to the Prime Minister's Office, Singapore (Civil Service College) for more than 15 years. In addition, she has served as a consultant to many U.S. government agencies and corporations, including Southern California Edison, Xerox, Frontrange Solutions, Ernst and Young, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Social Security Administration, City of Los Angeles, State of California Office of Emergency Services and the National Jewish Federation.
She has served as convener of the Applied Behavioral Sciences Group, School of Public Administration, and at the University of Southern California; and lead of the International Training of Trainers Program. She currently teaches Organization Theory and Behavior and Public Human Resources at CSUN and USC.
She earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University for Humanistic Studies.
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. Matthew 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, Ph.D.
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.
David Cain, M.P.A.
David Cain has more than 30 years of professional managerial experience in both public and private sector finance. Professor Cain currently serves as Director of Finance / Treasurer for Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD), one of the largest Special Districts in Southern Orange County. Professor Cain is responsible for the Finance Division that oversees accounting, purchasing, and billing departments. As Treasurer, Mr. Cain is responsible for the District's investment portfolio of $100M and facilitates the procurement of tax-exempt bonds and grants that fund the various District capital improvement programs. Prior to MNWD, Professor Cain served as Director of Finance / Deputy City Treasurer for the City of Chino for 11 years.
Professor Cain teaches Public Budgeting and Financial Administration where he brings a practical approach to the field of public finance. Professor Cain has served both as a Committee Chair and Director for the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.
Professor Cain received his B.S. in Business Administration from Biola University and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Warren M. Campbell, Ph.D.
Warren Campbell is a Professor of Public Administration in the Tseng College. He is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and has taught at California State University, Northridge since 1961. His bachelor's degree in political science was from the University of Minnesota and his master's degree and doctorate are from Stanford University. His undergraduate teaching included city planning, state and local government, urban politics, public policy, and administrative behavior. For eleven years he was a member of the City of Los Angeles Zoning Commission.
He began teaching in the CSUN Master of Public Administration Program and for 30 years was co-director of that master's degree program. Since becoming emeritus in 2002 he has continued first as co-director and then as a professor in the MPA program. He primarily teaches the introductory course, Public Administration and Its Environment, and its capstone course, the Integrative Seminar and coordinates the Comprehensive Examination.
Dr. Campbell is the 2008 recipient of the Dean Ed Peckham Award, recognizing outstanding loyalty and service to the University.
Michael J. Carter, Ph.D.
Michael J. Carter is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. In the CSUN Sociology Department, he teaches courses on social psychology, classical and contemporary sociological theory, research methods, and introductory sociology. He also teaches courses for the Tseng College Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Public Sector Management (PSM) programs, including research methods, organizational theory, and population dynamics.
Professor Carter’s research interests are in social psychology and microsociological theory, specifically the areas of self and identity. His research examines how identities operate within the self to motivate behavior and influence emotions. His past studies have investigated moral identity processes, Deaf identity processes, and facets of identity change. His recent research examines how identities influence behavior and emotions in digitally mediated environments. Dr. Carter is a National Science Foundation grant recipient, and his research has been featured in a variety of academic journals, including Current Sociology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, and American Sociological Review.
Dr. Carter earned his B.A. in Communication Studies from Sonoma State University, his M.A. in Sociology from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Riverside.
Shauna Clark, M.B.A.
Shauna Clark taught in the MPA program at CSUN's Tseng College for six years. Her classes include MPA 643, Public Sector Personnel Management, and MPA 644 Public Finance and Budgeting. In addition, she has taught Community and Economic Development. Before teaching at the Tseng College, Clark lectured at Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State San Bernardino in the MPA programs. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in Public Administration from Cal State San Bernardino.
Shauna Clark is the City Manager of the City of La Habra Heights and previously was the City Manager of the City of San Bernardino. For the 10 years between those two positions, she was a public/private sector consultant working for several cities in California, including Los Angeles, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Pasadena, Bell Gardens and Baldwin Park.
Ariane David, Ph.D.
Dr. David is co-founder and senior partner at The Veritas Group, a consulting and training firm that focuses on non-positional and systems thinking and problem solving. International Civil Servants Association. She has served as an advisor and/or Board Member to numerous boards of for- and non-profit organizations as well as project-based groups, including the SEC Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise. She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and a BS in Physics.
Dr. David (Ariane) founded PAX VERITAS, a 501c3 whose purpose is 1) to advance global peace and resource justice by raising awareness of the social myths that promote and glorify aggression, domination, and greed, and 2) to raise awareness of the urgent necessity of returning women as co-decision makers with men and of promoting women’s leadership on all levels and fields.
Her current research and the topic of her upcoming book focuses on a systems perspective of gender equality and leadership, and how they affect the most pernicious and resilient issues in the world today. In the book she discusses the myths that keep these problems in place, and the common thread that binds them together.
She has authored numerous articles, white papers, and blogs, is a veteran of over one hundred talks and keynotes.
Joseph C. De Ladurantey, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph C. De Ladurantey is a retired Chief of Police for the City of Irwindale, California. He has served as the Chief of Police of Torrance, California, the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office; and served 27 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, achieving the rank of captain. With more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement, he brings administrative insight into the academic environment.
He has served as an adjunct professor of Public Administration in the Graduate School of Public Administration at Cal State Northridge for more than 15 years, teaching courses in Organizational Theory and Human Behavior, Strategic Management, Human Resources Management, and Public Administration and its Environment. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Los Angeles, Rio Hondo College, The University of Southern California, Cal Poly Pomona, and a guest lecturer at the University of La Verne.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminology from Cal State Long Beach and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He received a doctoral degree in Public Administration and Public Management at the University of La Verne. He has been recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) and presented papers at its annual conference.
Jonathan Delgado, DPA
Jonathan Delgado is a Marine Corps. Veteran who has worked in and with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout his career public service. education is in both Public Administration and Social Work. Jonathan received his Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. His research focus for his dissertation was on coalition behavior in the Policy Development process as well as relationships among interest groups and interest group behavior. He received his Masters in Social Work at the University of Reno Nevada with an emphasis on gang resistance, specifically targeting Native American youth. While in Reno, he developed a gang resistance program that was implemented in Reno middle schools. He received his B.A. in Social Work at California State University, Long Beach, where he focused on juvenile delinquency prevention with both Probation and Parole agencies. As a professor within the Public Administration Program at California State University, Northridge, his teaching focus has been Public Policy Issue Analysis, and Organizational Theory History & Theory of Public Administration. In addition, Dr. Delgado teaches leadership courses in the Management of Conflict and Change, Organizational Behavior, and Leadership and Management.
His work experience has focused on ensuring high-quality services and positive outcomes for youth and their families receiving supportive services and care. He has experience as a Social Work Supervisor, Mental Health Clinical Director, Psychotherapist, Adoptions Worker, Administrative Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Victims of Crime Coordinator, Family Counselor/Case Manager, California Youth Authority Parole Aide, and as an Orange County Probation Aide. He is currently the Executive Director for a large Foster Family agency.
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.
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 the 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 email@example.com.
Paul D. Krivonos, Ph.D.
Paul D. Krivonos is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); from 1991-1999 he was Chair of the Communication Studies Department; from 1999-2002 he was Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication, and from 2002-2005 was the Director of the Public Sector Management program in the Tseng College at CSUN. He came to CSUN in 1975 from Purdue University where he received his Ph.D. in Communication. Dr. Krivonos has also been a Visiting Professor of Management in the Business Faculties at Massey University (Palmerston North) and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He continues to teach in the Master of Public Administration and undergraduate Public Sector Management programs.
Dr. Krivonos is co-author of Communication for Supervisors and Managers, a textbook published in the United States, and of the Communication in American Business Series, which is published in Japan and of a Dictionary of Managerial and Intercultural Communication, which is also published in Japan. He has written over two dozen articles in the communication and management fields. In addition to his teaching and writing activities, Dr. Krivonos is a communication and management consultant. He has presented seminars and workshops on these topics primarily to government agencies throughout the United States and in New Zealand, Australia, Trinidad, Korea, South Africa and Fiji.
James S. Larson, Ph.D.
James S. Larson is an adjunct professor in the MPA program at CSUN. He has B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Colgate University, SMU and Southern Illinois University. He has taught in the MPA programs at Murray State University, Drake University and the University of Arkansas, as well as the Ph.D. program in public policy at Southern University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School, and is a leading authority in the United States on the conceptualization of health. His teaching areas are public administration, public policy and health policy.
Julio L. Lima Ph.D.
Dr. Lima is a Retired Police Lieutenant with 22 years’ experience with the Los Angeles School Police Department. He held numerous positions throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District as a campus and patrol officer, Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant and Division Commanding Officer, where he worked to maintain a safe and secure environment by working closely with students, educators, parents, administrators, and LAUSD superintendents. Dr. Lima is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel and Military Police Officer in the Army National Guard. He deployed on a Peace Keeping Mission to Kosovo and was awarded The Legion of Merit for his duty and performance. Dr. Lima has a strong commitment to enhancing student diversity, encouraging critical thinking, and motivating students towards a life-long commitment to both learning and concerns about issues of ethics, leadership, and justice. In addition to teaching in the CSUN Masters in Public Administration program, Dr. Lima is also a lecturer in CSUN’s Criminology and Justice Studies Department.
EDUCATION: CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2015, Public Service Leadership,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, 1983, Physical Anthropology
BROWN UNIVERSITY, 1974 Anthropology
Academic Interests: Organizational Ethics and Society, Leadership and Public Service Organizations.
Research Interests: Police and Society, Community Relations, Police Unions, and Survey Research and Methodology.
Dean C. Logan, M.P.A.
Dean Logan is the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for Los Angeles County, California -- the nation’s largest, most diverse and complex local election jurisdiction with 4.8 million registered voters and over 500 political districts. Prior to coming to Los Angeles County, Mr. Logan served as Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services in King County, Washington (metropolitan Seattle/Puget Sound), as the Washington State Elections Director and as the elected County Clerk in Kitsap County, Washington.
In addition to elections and voter registration administration, the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk records real property documents; maintains vital records of births, deaths and marriages; issues marriage licenses; performs civil marriage ceremonies; and processes business filings and other documents for Los Angeles County; serving an estimated 3,500 customers daily.
Mr. Logan has 20+ years of experience in state and local government. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree through the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He teaches Public Sector Management and Organizational Leadership.
Thomas Lynch, Ph.D.
Dr. Lynch is Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University (LSU), and presenting teaching online for California State University at Northridge in its online Masters in Public Administration program. He began his teaching career at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and has also taught at Mississippi State University, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and LSU. He received his MPA and Ph.D. at the Rockefeller College, Albany University and his BA from the University of Idaho. He has worked in New York State’s budget office and worked at the national level for about six years primarily in budgeting at the Maritime Administration and the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. He has been active in the American Society for Public Administration and served as its national president in 1992/93. He has written or edited about 20 book of which Public Budgeting in America is most notable because it is in its 6th edition and has been a leading textbook for 40 years. He has also written about 100 referred articles and book chapters. His most recent book was written with Dr. Cynthia E. Lynch and that textbook is titled Ethics and Professionalism in the Public Sector.
Sarmistha R. Majumdar, Ph.D.
Sarmistha Majumdar has a doctoral degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs and Administration of Rutgers University, New Jersey. She specializes in policy analysis and program evaluation and teaches graduate-level classes in public policy, program evaluation and research methods. Her research focus is on policies related to transportation, environment, energy and public involvement in decision making. She has published in various peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters, presented at conferences, served as a speaker in national webinars and received grant funding for research from local, state and federal government. Recently, she has published a book titled, ‘The Politics of Fracking: Regulatory Policy and Local Community Responses to Environmental Concerns,’ which is part of Routledge’s Research Series. She is actively involved in professional organizations, serves in various committees and boards and has also served as a Chapter President and Section Chair of the American Society for Public Administration.
Debbie Martin, MPA
As Chief Deputy of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Debbie Martin oversees the daily operations of the department in the largest and most complex county election jurisdiction in the country. Professor Martin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Fraud Examiner, and California Elections Administrator. She began her County career with the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller where she moved through a progression of audit and investigative positions.
Professor Martin teaches Strategic Management where she shares her special blend of leadership and 30 years of distinguished experience to current and aspiring public employees. Her extensive tenure with the County includes serving as Deputy Director of Administrative Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Chief of Operations for the Treasurer-Tax Collector, and Assistant Director and Division Manager for Election Services.
Professor Martin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University in Long Beach. She also earned her Masters of Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge.
Kristy E.H. Michaud, Ph.D.
Kristy E.H. Michaud is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. Her research and teaching focus on political behavior and policymaking, with an emphasis on environmental politics and policy.
In the MPA Program, Professor Michaud teaches the Seminar in Public Administration and its Environment. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara in 2007.
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 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. His 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); 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 experience in working for public agencies as well as not-for-profit organizations. In addition, he taught public policy and American politics courses at the State University of New York-Albany. He currently teaches public policy classes for the MPA program. Dr. Minassians holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs at the University at Albany-SUNY.
Patty Oertel, M.B.A.
Patty Oertel is the President of The Oertel Group, which specializes in strategic planning, fundraising strategy, organizational development and board development for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She served as the Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Southern California for seven years and for the previous ten years as the Center's Associate Director developing its information, education and consulting services. She has taught on the faculty of UCLA's Anderson's Graduate School of Management, where she received her MBA. She also served as the Administrative Director of the Nonprofit Management Association (the predecessor organization to the Alliance for Nonprofit Management).
David Powell, Ph.D.
David Powell has been teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs for the past fourteen years. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University in 1996 and teaches a variety of courses including Research Methods, Organization Theory, Public Budgeting, Intergovernmental Relations, Employee-Employer Relations, Introduction to Public Administration, and Directed Research.
Dr. Powell maintains an active and varied research agenda. His most recent research concerns the assessment of student learning objectives and his most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) and the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. His previous articles have appeared in Publius: The Journal of Federalism and California Politics and Policy.
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), from Claremont Graduate University. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies.
Dr. Roy 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 a director of the Master's Program in International Development in the School of Global Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
In addition, Dr. Roy 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.
Martin Saiz, Ph.D.
Martin Saiz is the Chair of the Political Science Department. He teaches Community and Economic Development (MPA 642D) and Public Policy Analysis (MPA 640) for the Masters of Public Administration Program. Professor Saiz joined the CSUN faculty in 1999 after teaching for seven years with the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to teaching, Professor Saiz directed small town and neighborhood community service centers for the Center for Community Development and Design at the University of Colorado at Denver. There, he developed and supervised community-based projects for the College of Architecture and Planning. In Denver, he was active in local affairs and was served two terms on the City and County of Denver's Planning Commission.
Talin Saroukhanian, Ph.D.
Talin Saroukhanian earned her doctorate degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany in 2010. Dr. Saroukhanian has been teaching for the MPA program since 2004. In addition, she teaches a wide range of policy courses for the Department of Political Science here at California State University, Northridge, which include: Public Administration (POLS 360), Ethics in Politics and Public Administration (POLS 462), Policy Implementation and Program Evaluation (POLS 407), Introduction to Public Policy (POLS 361), Public Policy Formation (POLS 405), Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (POLS 406), Comparative Public Policy (POLS 464) among numerous others.
Dr. Saroukhanian’s research interests include ethics in policy and administration. Most recently, she co-authored and presented “Can Ethics be Taught?” and “Designing a Professional Ethics Course: Ethics Education as a Tool for Developing Trust in Public Administration” at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) in Atlanta and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she convened a panel on ethics education titled “Ethics Education as a Tool for Developing Trust in Public Institutions” during the NASPAA 2017 conference. Dr. Saroukhanian is currently revising “A Case for the American Society of Public Administration’s Code of Ethics”.
H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D.
H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D., served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He was also the Associate Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Associate Director of the Center on Multiethnic and Transnational Studies at USC and the Executive Director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. He currently serves as a governor's appointee and is Chair if the California Post Secondary Education Commission.
Dr. Schockman is the founder and current president of an international nonprofit organization that makes foundational grants to address the immediate and systemic causes of hunger and malnutrition.
A public policy expert and an authority on hunger and poverty issues, Dr. Schockman has served as a consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. He was the Founding Chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organization (NAHO), an alliance of all the major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Schockman was a former member of both the Interfaith Hunger Director's Committee and the Alliance to End Hunger. He was on the founding board of director of the Global Foodbanking Network. He was appointed by California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa to serve on the prestigious Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency and economy in state programs.
He served as Policy Director of the Elected Los Angeles City Charter Commission, which re-wrote the city charter of the second largest city in the United States. He served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching agricultural and sustainable development. Dr. Schockman speaks before elected officials, professional organizations and community groups across the country and is frequently quoted in the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, NPR and other national publications and electronic media. He has written several books and edited numerous articles on politics and public policy. Dr. Schockman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California, Riverside.
Ward Thomas, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas is a Professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at California State University, Northridge. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, an MPA from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Thomas teaches a variety of courses in the Urban Studies and Planning Department including, “The Growth and Sustainable Development of Cities,” “Social Policy, Environmental Justice and the City,” and “Planning for Community Development.” In addition, Dr. Thomas teaches courses on public policy in the MPA and PSM programs. Dr. Thomas’ scholarly interests include urbanism, economic development, environmental justice, and public policy. His current research focuses on the effects of environmental regulations on economic development and technological change among firms and industries in the U.S. economy. Dr. Thomas recently published a paper in the journal, Ethnic and Racial Studies, on the role that Korean immigrant entrepreneurs play in the economic development of communities in Los Angeles.
Zeynep Toker, Ph.D.
Zeynep Toker has been working with communities in different cultural settings helping them have a say in shaping their built environments. Her experience of working with communities includes projects such as Pacoima Wash and Mixed-use Development and Aliso Canyon Park in Los Angeles; Designing Dynamic Environments for the Performing Arts in Cambridge, UK; Sandhills Community Center in Spring Lake, North Carolina; and Laguna Child and Family Education Center in Laguna, New Mexico. She has also designed and participated in research projects utilizing different methodologies with quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. Her research agenda focuses on spatial representations of cultural, social and gender identities in everyday lives of individuals and communities, both placeless and place-bound.
Dr. Toker received her Bachelor of City and Regional Planning degree in 1998 and her Urban Design Master's degree in 2000 at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. After she received her Ph.D. in Community and Environmental Design at North Carolina State University in 2004, she completed her post-doctoral studies in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Anaïs Valiquette L'Heureux, Ph.D.
Dr. Valiquette L'Heureux holds a Ph.D. in public administration, organizational theory and public management stream from École Nationale D'Administration Publique (Université Du Québec). She specializes in crisis management and risk governance within public networks. Her research focuses on public ethics, evaluation capacity building, and industrial catastrophes' prevention policies.
The results of her research projects pertaining to critical infrastructures resilience were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Contingencies and Crisis management, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, Int. J. Risk Assessment and Management.
From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Valiquette L'Heureux collaborated to Canada's research chair on governance and transformation of health care organizations (GETOSS). She contributed to an innovation management evaluation mandate in 2014 for the Governance Research Center (CERGO) and co-authored numerous program evaluations. Her doctoral thesis, published in 2016, was on the topics of Lac-Mégantic rail catastrophe and the Atrophy of vigilance in the public sector.
Dr. Valiquette L'Heureux was awarded a doctoral fellowship of the Government of Québec's Research Fund - Society and Culture (FQRSC) in 2011. She is a recipient of the 2013 Gérard-Bergeron Award and of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration's 2016 Innovative Theoretical Contribution Award for the modeling of the dynamism of weak signals of crisis' management and detection.
Steven Wantz, M.P.A.
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.
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.
Mylon Winn, Ph.D.
Currently serving as the academic lead of the MPA program, Dr. Winn was the commissioner on The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and the Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA). He was a former Public Administration Review editorial board member and was the founding member of the Clinton School of Public Service in the University of Arkansas (2004). He also served as the interim Dean of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy in Southern University from 2009-2010.
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.