Faculty: Paul Figueroa

Paul Figueroa, EMPA

Title(s):
Adjunct Professor
School(s):
Business
Campus(es):
San Francisco, Online
Paul Figueroa

Paul Figueroa was born and raised in Oakland, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cal State East Bay. Paul earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In 2012, Paul graduated from the University of La Verne, in Southern California, with a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership (EdD). Combining his academic and professional work, Paul created a model for building trust between the police and community. Paul has experience teaching college level courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Paul Figueroa began his career in law enforcement as an Oakland Police Cadet in 1991, became a police officer in 1995, and retired in 2022. Paul worked in ranks ranging from Police Cadet to Assistant Chief of Police. Paul has extensive experience in field command, criminal investigations, accountability, auditing, administration, budgeting, leadership, training, trust building and a variety of community policing programs. Paul is a nationally recognized expert on procedural justice and police legitimacy.


COURSES TAUGHT

EMPA 306
Public Service and the Law
EMPA 313
Law Enforcement Ethics, Training and Accountability

RESEARCH INTERESTS & AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Strategic Planning
  • Public Speaking
  • Negotiations
  • Team Building

EDUCATION

  • EdD (Organizational Leadership), University of La Verne
  • EMPA, Golden Gate University
  • BA (Political Science and Government), Cal State Hayward

PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2015 - Present: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2013 - Present: Assistant Chief of Police, Oakland Police Department

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • The International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Police Officer of the Year by the Exchange Club, 1997
  • Oakland Police Department’s Medal of Merit, 2010