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MPA CORE FACULTY

  Faculty for Master in Public Administration

Kendra Smith, Ph.D., Chair

Dr Smith's Ph.D. is in Community Resources and Development from Arizona State University. She has an MPA from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her current scholarly and practice interests are in community health research and community engagement. She is a prolific researcher and author having recently been the Associate Director for Community Engagement and Research in the Center for Population Health Sciences at Stanford University. She is a big proponent of the use of big data use in the nonprofit sector to drive needed social innovation. She has been valuable in the development of the MPA program and also teaches within the Claremont Core® and the M.A. in Social Impact program at CLU.

George "Mac" McCarthy, Ph.D.

Dr. McCarthy has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Economics from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Montana. He is currently the President and CEO of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA. The Lincoln Institute seeks to improve quality of life, the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land; it researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Mac has served for decades in philanthropy at several foundations with national and international reach, working to address inequities in transportation, housing, and land use. Mac, along with other Lincoln Institute staff and faculty, are partnering with CLU to develop the MPA program; the institute's expertise, experiential learning opportunities and other resources will add contemporary, real world and concrete benefits to our students' learning.

Audrey D. Jordan, Ph.D., CPC

Dr. Jordan has a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she has an MSW in Social Work (policy concentration) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is currently the Jerry D. Campbell Professor of Civic Engagement at Claremont Lincoln University, and a consultant specializing in developmental evaluation,network organizing, place-based community collaboration and organizational development. She has a background in community-based research, philanthropy and academia. She will is a champion for scholarship and public leadership that is grounded in democratic principles, data-based, equitable solutions to community problems, and civil, cultural competence. She is proud to have been named the Jerry D. Campbell professor in honor of one of CLU's founders and strives to live by his example.

Rigoberto Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Dr. Rodriguez has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor's in Comparative and Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine. Rigo was elected as a Governing Board Member of the Santa Ana Unified School District in November 2016. He still serves in this role. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Latina/o Public Policy in the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at California State University, Long Beach. A nationally recognized expert in community planning, action research, and grassroots leadership development, Dr. Rodriguez has worked with many organizations and communities locally and internationally to improve the lives of children, families, and neighborhoods. In 1993, Rigo started his career at Delhi Center, a nonprofit agency in one of the oldest Mexican neighborhoods in Santa Ana, CA, where he coordinated health, family and community programs and participated in a neighborhood movement to build the largest community center in the city, owned and operated by the neighborhood's nonprofit agency. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Delhi Center. Rigo has been on the CLU faculty in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Civic Engagement concentration, and is a strong advocate for CLU, given our shared emphasis on ethical leadership, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

MPA CORE FACULTY

Faculty for Master in Public Administration

Audrey D. Jordan, Ph.D., CPC

Dr. Jordan has a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she has an MSW in Social Work (policy concentration) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is currently the Jerry D. Campbell Professor of Civic Engagement at Claremont Lincoln University, and a consultant specializing in developmental evaluation,network organizing, place-based community collaboration and organizational development. She has a background in community-based research, philanthropy and academia. She will is a champion for scholarship and public leadership that is grounded in democratic principles, data-based, equitable solutions to community problems, and civil, cultural competence. She is proud to have been named the Jerry D. Campbell professor in honor of one of CLU's founders and strives to live by his example.

George "Mac" McCarthy, Ph.D.

Dr. McCarthy has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Economics from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Montana. He is currently the President and CEO of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA. The Lincoln Institute seeks to improve quality of life, the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land; it researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Mac has served for decades in philanthropy at several foundations with national and international reach, working to address inequities in transportation, housing, and land use. Mac, along with other Lincoln Institute staff and faculty, are partnering with CLU to develop the MPA program; the institute's expertise, experiential learning opportunities and other resources will add contemporary, real world and concrete benefits to our students' learning.

Kendra Smith, Ph.D.

Dr Smith's Ph.D. is in Community Resources and Development from Arizona State University. She has an MPA from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her current scholarly and practice interests are in community health research and community engagement. She is a prolific researcher and author having recently been the Associate Director for Community Engagement and Research in the Center for Population Health Sciences at Stanford University. She is a big proponent of the use of big data use in the nonprofit sector to drive needed social innovation. She has been valuable in the development of the MPA program and also teaches within the Claremont Core® and the M.A. in Social Impact program at CLU.

Rigoberto Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Dr. Rodriguez has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor's in Comparative and Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine. Rigo was elected as a Governing Board Member of the Santa Ana Unified School District in November 2016. He still serves in this role. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Latina/o Public Policy in the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at California State University, Long Beach. A nationally recognized expert in community planning, action research, and grassroots leadership development, Dr. Rodriguez has worked with many organizations and communities locally and internationally to improve the lives of children, families, and neighborhoods. In 1993, Rigo started his career at Delhi Center, a nonprofit agency in one of the oldest Mexican neighborhoods in Santa Ana, CA, where he coordinated health, family and community programs and participated in a neighborhood movement to build the largest community center in the city, owned and operated by the neighborhood's nonprofit agency. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Delhi Center. Rigo has been on the CLU faculty in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Civic Engagement concentration, and is a strong advocate for CLU, given our shared emphasis on ethical leadership, and equity, diversity and inclusion.