Celebrating 50 Years of Public Administration Education

50 Years of Public Administration

The Edward S. Ageno School of Business invites you to celebrate with a commemorative panel and reception.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015   |   5:00 - 7:30 PM



5:00 - 5:30 pm

Registration & Refreshments

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Panel Discussion

7:00 - 7:30 pm




Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
5th Floor Auditorium
San Francisco


From Katrina to Baltimore:

Effectively Responding to Emerging Public Administration Challenges

Panelists will discuss their first-hand experiences in some of the most high-profile public administration challenges in recent history. This is a rare opportunity to get an insider's view into public administration as a profession from the perspective of big players in the field.


Paul Figueroa


Assistant Chief, Oakland Police Department

Paul Figueroa began his career in law enforcement as an Oakland Police Cadet in 1991. He worked his way up the ranks at the Oakland Police Department and now serves as the Assistant Chief of Police. Paul has extensive experience in field command, criminal investigations, and community policing programs. He has served as the commander in the Patrol Division, Training Section, Internal Affairs Division, Inspector General's Office, and as Chief of Staff to the Chief of Police.

Paul is a nationally recognized expert on procedural justice and police legitimacy. He regularly lectures on the topics of trust, community policing, effective training techniques, and police accountability.

Paul holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Cal State East Bay. He earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from GGU, where he was recognized as the top student in his graduating class. In 2012, Paul earned a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership (EdD) from the University of La Verne. Paul will begin teaching at GGU Fall 2015.

Kerry D. Jackson


Head of Security, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District

Retired Captain Kerry Jackson has an extensive law enforcement background, including 24 years of service with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Jackson began his career as a deputy sheriff with the Sheriff's Office in 1989, and steadily ascended the ranks to the position of administrative captain before retiring from the agency in 2012. During Capt. Jackson's career, he performed law enforcement duties as a deputy patrol officer, supervised other deputy sheriffs as both a watch and unit commander, managed the Sheriff's Planning and Research and Accreditation units, and oversaw contracts and the day-to-day operations at the agency's detention and corrections facilities.

Jackson holds an Executive Master's of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.

Carlos Sanchez


Lieutenant, San Francisco District Attorney's Office

Lieutenant Carlos Sanchez is currently in charge of investigations for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office White Collar Crimes Division where he is involved in a variety of highly sensitive cases that include Officer Involved Shootings. He held the position of Assistant Chief for eight years and has an extensive background in the criminal justice arena having specialized in areas of cyber security, high tech, economic crimes, public integrity, fraud, and general criminal domains, such as homicide, family violence, and sexual assaults.

With over 27 years of experience in law enforcement, Carlos teaches Police and Prosecutors throughout the State and country, as well as internationally to a varied audience that include foreign Judges and State officials. He has worked in the private sector, most notably as Global Director for Visa Cyber Security & Fraud division, managed a successful San Francisco landmark restaurant and currently conducts a weekly series for Univision Spanish Television on consumer fraud.

Carlos is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies & Spanish and an Executive Masters of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University. He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy with an Executive Law Enforcement Advance Certification. Carlos will begin teaching at GGU Fall 2015.

Additional emergency management professionals will be at the event to provide insight into emerging public administration challenges.


Honorable Ruth Astle


Administrative Law Judge II, Office of Administrative Hearings
Former Member GGU Alumni Board of Directors

Dr. Ruth Astle has been an administrative law judge since 1985 hearing cases for the California central panel agency. The Office of Administrative Hearings conducts due process hearings for over 100 state and local agencies including the Medical Board, Bureau of Real Estate, Department of Social Services -- Community Care Licensing, the Board of Registered Nursing, and Contractors' State License Board. She has been a member of the Medical Quality Hearing Panel for over 15 years.

Dr. Astle has been teaching in the Ageno School of Business EMPA program since 2009 and is now a senior adjunct professor. Dr. Astle also teaches as an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University in the Paralegal Program. She was selected by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to be a Fulbright Specialists Candidate. Dr. Astle received a senior Fulbright grant to teach international law in Ukraine in 2009. She is active in Queen's Bench Bar Association, acting as president in 1984.

Dr. Astle received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1974 and her S.J.D. in International Legal Studies from Golden Gate University in May 2008. Her research dissertation concentrated on Integrity and Ethics in Western Adjudicatory Systems: Toward a Standard with an emphasis on fair practices.



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