Forward Together

Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of local professionals who serve as advisors to the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program and faculty. The members of the Advisory Council come from a variety of sectors within the area. Their focus is on advising on program improvements, developing learning opportunities, and promoting close cooperation among the community. They also support the MPPA program on a wide range of other activities involving students, faculty and alumni. 

LaSharnda Beckwith, Ph.D.

 President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California

Jamshid Damooei, Ph.D.

 Professor and Director, Economics, Executive Director, Center for Economics of Social Issues, California Lutheran University

Rafiq Dossani

 Director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy

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

 Adjunct Faculty Instructor

Herb Gooch, Ph.D.

 Professor of Political Science, California Lutheran University

Dichele Harris

 Interim Area Director at Lutheran Social Services of Southern California

Steve Mermell

 City Manager, City of Pasadena

Leah Oliver

 Chief Technology Officer, Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association

Robert Pieroni

 Director of Economic Development, Central Houston Inc.

David Pollock

 Council Member, City of Moorpark

Andrew Powers

 City Manager, City of Thousand Oaks