Social Justice Distinguished Lecture Series

The Social Justice Distinguished Speaker Series was founded in 2015 by Dr. Shari Berkowitz and Dr. Jennifer Sumner, and is generously sponsored by the Office of the President. In creating this series, their goal was to bring in luminary speakers and respected scholars to join our students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community in a conversation about some of the most pressing issues in social justice, particularly those connected to the legal system. Dr. Berkowitz and Dr. Sumner, associate professors of Criminal Justice Administration, look forward to continuing the series on Zoom and will return to hosting campus events when it is safe to do so. ​

Learn more on the speaker series website.

South Bay Economic Forecast

The South Bay Economic Forecast is an annual event where our economics experts take the stage alongside innovative industry representatives from the South Bay to discuss the exciting opportunities and critical issues facing our regional economy.

Learn more on the Economic Forecast website.

Speakers at 2020 Economic Forecast

ASPA/CSUDH Student Professional Dinner

November 2, 2023
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
CSUDH Innovation and Instruction Building (Ballroom 1300) 1000 East Victoria Street, II Building
Carson, CA
The Southern California Chapter of ASPA in partnership with the California State University, Dominguez Hills School of Public Service and Justice, Department of Public Administration, Public Policy Institute of the School of Public Service and Justice within the College of Business and Public Policy and Pi Alpha Alpha are pleased to present the eleventh annual student/professional and alumnae networking event on the Dominguez Hills campus.

Please join us for dinner and an evening of networking and discussion with our distinguished
guest speakers about their career paths in public service. The theme of the event is "Using technology and AI in the workplace: the skills and abilities that students need to be successful for careers of tomorrow." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Theo Byrne.

Our Public Policy Institute and MPA Director are sponsoring buffet dinner. Please note, the event is free for the presenters, CSUDH students, CSUDH alumnae, and CSUDH faculty and staff. For all
other attendees, the cost is $25.

Keynote Speakers

Headshot of Shawn GrangerDr. Shawn Granger has an impressive career spanning over 19 years in local government, where he has consistently guided cities toward innovative, data-driven policy transformations. With an extensive track record, Dr. Granger has lent his expertise to the municipalities of Pasadena, West Covina, Montebello, and Covina, skillfully devising and overseeing Citywide IT Master Plans with budgets exceeding $8 million. Furthermore, he has achieved considerable success in securing grants to enhance Public Works and IT infrastructure. Dr. Granger's research has delved into the realm of inter- organizational cooperatives at the local level, and he has been instrumental in collaborative projects such as ICI, Verdugo, Digital EMS, Digital Equality, and Emergency Management Systems.

Dr. Granger continues to develop initiatives to help cities use technology to be more efficient and deliver public service excellence.

Michael KingsleyMichael Kingsley is the Cyber Security Advisor for Southern California, covering Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties in CISA Region 9. With a career spanning back to early 2012, he's held various roles in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Treasury, specializing in Data Center Consolidation, intelligence/operations, cyber, incident response, and IT compliance. Before joining CISA's Region 9, he led cybersecurity efforts for DHS's Custom and Border Protection. Michael initiated his federal career safeguarding the Treasury building and parts of the White House in Washington, D.C., and later worked with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) and DHS. He holds a Master's in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor's in Business Management and Economics from the University of Maryland.

Robert Pittman speaking at microphoneRobert Pittman, the inaugural Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for San Bernardino County, excels in collaborative leadership. Under his guidance, the Countywide Information Security Program (CISP) thrives, driven by his cybersecurity expertise and passion. Responsible for 39 departments and over 23,000 employees, he ensures secure services for two million residents. His strategic expertise earned recognition in the Center for Digital Government's 18th Annual Digital Counties Survey, securing 10th place. With a decade of experience as CISO in Los Angeles County, he's a renowned figure in cybersecurity. Robert is a CSUDH graduate, holding a BS in Public Administration and MPA, and serves as an adjunct professor. His academic and authorial contributions extend the field's boundaries.

Paul VuPaul Vu, a Senior IT Manager at the Superior Courts of California, County of Los Angeles since 2007, is a driving force in digital transformations. His focus includes digitizing the workplace, reducing paper usage, and automating business processes. Paul has successfully led pivotal system implementations, including the Jury Management System, "Direct to Courtroom" program, and the PACE system. He manages specialized teams in Jury, Finance, and Judicial applications. As a proud USC alumnus, Paul holds an MBA and a BS in Computer Science. Beyond his professional role, Paul is passionate about travel, personal finance, and photography.