PJ  Gagajena

PJ Gagajena, M.P.P., M.U.P.

Adjunct Faculty Member

Office Hours: By Appointment


PJ Gagajena serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Moorpark. His 20-year career in local government includes working for the cities of Los Angeles, New York, Indio, and Torrance. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at El Camino College in Torrance, CA for nearly a decade. He is active with ICMA, Cal Cities, I-NAPA, MMASC, and is the City Representative to the Ventura County Emergency Planning Council. 

PJ holds a BA degree in Political Science with a Minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. PJ earned the distinction of becoming one of the first Accredited California Economic Developers from the California Association of Local Economic Development. He is also a graduate of the USC Ross Program in Real Estate, Public Policy International Affairs Program, New York City Urban Fellows Program, and Ventura County Leadership Academy.