Faculty: James Nordin

James Nordin, DPA

Adjunct Professor
(707) 372-3653
San Francisco, Online

Dr. James Nordin is as an adjunct professor in the EMPA program at Golden Gate University. He has taught at San Francisco State University and at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Nordin retired from the federal government in 2000 after more than 33 years of service. He was a Regional grants and financial manager for DHHS and USDA for nearly 20 years and was a program supervisor and manager for another 5. He received his BA in Political Science in 1967 from Knox College, his MPA in 1972 from Roosevelt University and a Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California in 2004. Since retiring, Dr. Nordin has provided professional consulting to local governments and non-profits in organizational development, financial and grants management and program management through his sole proprietorship, Public Management Solutions.

He has a passion for social equity and created and endowed the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award presented annually by the American Society for Public Administration, of which he is a life member. He is also a founding member of ASPA’s Section on Democracy and Social Justice. He is a member of ASPA’s budget and finance committee and its governance committee. He served on ASPA’s National Council from 2009 -2011 and was reelected to serve from 2012 – 2015. He ran unopposed for City Treasurer for the City of Rio Vista and began a four year term in December, 2012. When he was much younger, he wrestled then refereed high school and college wrestling. He was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame in 1992.

taught courses

EMPA 305
Budgeting and Financial Management


  • DPA, Public Administration, University of Southern California
  • Master of Public Administration with honors, Roosevelt University
  • BA Political Science and Government, Knox College 

 professional & teaching experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University, 2005- Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Sonoma State University, 2013 - Present
  • President, Rio vista Community Center, 2015 - Present
  • Senior Associate, Public Management Solutions, 2000- Present
  • Treasurer, City of Rio Vista, 2012 - 2016 


  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Awards,2016. Golden Gate University