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.
Professor and Director, Economics, Executive Director, Center for Economics of Social Issues, California Lutheran University
During the last two and a half decades he has become more focused on the economic analyses of social issues and published in professional and popular journals as well as books edited on such subjects/issues. His research endeavors on the topic of investing in children resulted in publication of multiple pioneering studies on the economic impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a number of states and metropolitan areas within the USA. In all of his recent studies on children and youth, there is a strong emphasis on the impact of socio-economic status (SES) of children on their academic performance and social behavior and their opportunity to be successful in their lives as they grow up.
He served as a consultant for a number of organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs across various states, Public Health, First 5, United Way, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, various foundations within Ventura and LA Counties, and a number of other non-profit organizations.
His other scholarly work includes a broad spectrum of current social and economic issues such as: project design and evaluation, methods of capacity building during time of crisis, crisis prevention and recovery, causes of economic imbalances, aid coordination, privatization of industries, monetary and financial problems, and economic and social impact assessments of policies or institutional establishments.
While he worked at UNDP and later as an international consultant with UNDP and the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) he conducted a number of studies on economic issues of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. His studies relate to the economic and political issues of the area faced with political instability and economic crises. He writes op-eds a number of regional newspapers and he is often interviewed by various news media. His views and commentaries on international economic issues are frequently sought by international media such as BBC and other international radios and televisions.
Professor of Political Science, California Lutheran University
Interim Area Director at Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
City Manager, City of Pasadena
Chief Technology Officer, Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association
City Manager, City of Thousand Oaks
Prior to his work in Thousand Oaks, he managed media relations, web development, and community partnerships for the City of Ventura, CA Civic Engagement Division and oversaw marketing, corporate relations, and program development for the City of Raleigh, NC Parks & Recreation Department. Andrew holds a BS degree from North Carolina State University and a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. On a personal note, he resides in Ventura, CA with his wife Ashley where they spend much of their free time surfing and exploring the globe.
Land Use Consultant, Sespe Consulting