Faculty: Joaquin Gonzalez

Joaquin "Jay" Gonzalez III, PhD.

Chair, Public Administration Department and Executive Master of Public Administration

Mayor George Christopher Professor of Public Administration

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Joaquin "Jay" Gonzalez

For close to a decade, Dr. Jay Gonzalez was Commissioner of Immigrant Rights for the City and County of San Francisco and received special recognition of his public service from the U.S. Congress. Presently, Dr. Gonzalez is Technical Adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (Philippines) and Enabling Growth Through Investment and Enterprise (Tanzania) programs. He is also an on-demand pre-deployment trainer for U.S. Army combat teams being sent to the Asia Pacific through the U.S. Department of Defense-Naval Post Graduate School’s “Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace Program.”

A five-time Research Excellence and a four-time Teaching Excellence (GGU, NUS, USF) awardee, Dr. Gonzalez is the author of 20 public and urban affairs books and his policy research have accepted in top-ranked journals including Policy Studies Journal, Asia Journal of Public Administration, Asian Journal of Political Science, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, International Migration Review, and International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. Dr. Gonzalez’ research is informed by his extensive professional experience working on public service reform projects and appointments with the International City/County Management Association, the World Bank, the Institute On Governance (Canada), the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, State Department, the Asia Foundation, and the governments of Singapore, the Philippines, and China.


  • PhD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • MPA, University of the Philippines
  • BA, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines


  • 2000-Present: Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2000-present, Adjunct Professor, Politics Department, University of San Francisco
  • 2005-present, Adjunct Professor, College of Extended Learning, San Francisco State University
  • 1995-1999, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
  • 2010-present, Pro-bono President and CEO, Pilipino Senior Resource Center, San Francisco, CA


PAD 197
Internship: Public Administration
PAD 199
Directed Study in Public Administration
EMPA 301
Research Methods and Analysis
EMPA 396
Graduate Research Project in Public Administration
EMPA 399
Directed Study in Public Administration


  • Public management and urban affairs
  • Political economy
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Migration and immigration
  • International business development
  • Asian (China and the Philippines) and Asian/Ethnic American studies