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FALL 2023 Faculty Information
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Assistant Professor (Rutgers New Jersey Medical School)
Vivian González Cueto is a graduate of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University (FIU). She recently concluded a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (R-NJMS) in the Office of Primary Care and Community Initiatives. At R-NJMS, Dr. Cueto engaged in community based research within the context of academic medical centers. Her research focused on the role of community engagement in mitigating health disparities that disproportionately affect minority and under-served communities. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Dr. Cueto worked as Constituent Advocate for the United States Senate, a Legislative Assistant for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and had various roles in nonprofit organizations.
Department Chair and Associate Professor (Columbia University), Human Resources, Organizational Theory and Design, Public Management
Michael Y. Moon, Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University, an M.B.A degree from the Yale University School of Management, and a certificate in Organizational Development & Consultation from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis in New York City. He has held teaching appointments at Barnard College, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, St. Peter's College, and Paier College of Art.
Dr. Moon has over 15 years of non-profit and private sector work experience, including marketing management positions in Internet, financial services, and health insurance companies. While at the Yale School of Management, where his academic emphases were in Organizational Behavior and Marketing, Dr. Moon consulted with local non-profit organizations on matters such as human resources, board development, and services marketing. He has also worked as an employee and board member of a youth orchestra and as the manager of a large multi-family apartment property.
Dr. Moon's research interests include: intersubjective and narrative dimensions of organizational change; linkages between human resource practices and an organization's ability to effectively serve its constituents; organizational life as context to individual employees' personal and career development; the management of knowledge, learning processes, and distribution of ideas in dynamic and turbulent organizations; and leadership, authority, and social defenses.
Dr. Moon also consults with leadership in organizations as well as with other employees on change in their organizations and on work-life balance issues.
Dr. Moon teaches courses in organizational behavior and change, human resources management, and public administration theory and practice.
J. Brandon Philips, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington, College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs. He also holds an MPA from the same program and institution.
Dr. Philips has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit and public sector, in roles ranging from criminal justice, court advocacy, homelessness, health disparities and advocacy, grant writing, and organizational consulting. In his academic work, he has taught in the political science program at the University of Texas at Arlington, and most recently supervised the Legislative and Tallahassee Internship Programs at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Philips is also on the leadership team for the Critical Perspectives Section for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.
Dr. Philips’s research interests include: Latino Critical Theory applications to creating social innovation in nonprofit service delivery, health disparities facing marginalized communities, the role of nonprofits in advocacy and social change, the role of nonprofits in protecting minority voting and constitutional rights, and other social issues facing the Latino/a/e and other marginalized communities.
Professor Emeritus (Texas Tech University), Comparative Administration, Organizational Theory, Public Policy
Ogwo Jombo (Jay) Umeh, Professor and Department Chair, completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Dr. Umeh's research interests are comparative and development management, democratic governance, information technology management and organization management issues. These interests have led to such recent publications as "The Role of Local Governments in Democratization: The Case of Nigeria? (a chapter in Establishing Democratic Rule: The Reemergence of Post-Authoritarian Systems) and "A Comparative Approach to the Assessment of Decentralization Programs on Public Policy Implementation in Developing Countries" (a chapter in Policy Analysis Concepts and Methods: An Institutional and Implementation Focus). Professor Umeh has published articles in various professional journals including, Information Resources Management Journal, Indian Journal of Public Administration, International Review of Administrative Sciences, National Social Science Journal, Journal of International Information Management, and Africa Today. He has presented research papers at many professional conferences.
Jay Umeh has served as an evaluation consultant for the Alameda County Male Action Network (AC-MAN), a project of the California State Department of Health Services, Office of Family Planning (OFP); the East Oakland Youth Development Center's Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP), one of several projects funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; and currently Faculty Coordinator for the Community Connections: Hosting Professionals from Russia and Other NIS Republics in Entrepreneurship and Local Government (this is a project funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and Co-Director, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), a collaboration of CSUH and the South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
He teaches courses in the areas of research methods, quantitative analysis, program evaluation, comparative policy development, information management, organization theory, and public policy.
• UC, Berkeley - (Ph.D.)
• CSU, Hayward - (M.P.A.)
• The Ohio State University - (B.A.)
Principal; Trinity Limited, LLC, consultant to colleges and universities. Member TRIO training faculty -
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Teaches history, research methods, theory, and capstone courses in the
department. Retired: UC Berkeley and CSU, Hayward, as an educational administrator
Served: as President of the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel, on the Council
for Opportunity in Education (COE), the National Joint Committee of COE and the Council of Graduate
Schools. Participated in COE’s Professional Development Program in the United Kingdom and
David E. Fraser is a public administrator and university lecturer with over 25 years of public and nonprofit experience, and over 15 years teaching at the university level. He holds undergraduate degrees in communications and theology and a masters degree in public administration. He also earned a post-graduate Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in leadership and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in higher education leadership.
As a practitioner, Dr. Fraser has worked for the City of Oakland, California as Chief Development and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer. He also worked for the City of Pittsburg, California as Redevelopment Analyst and Enterprise Zone Administrator. His current role in government, to which he was appointed in 2006, is Chief of Staff for the 5th supervisorial district in Contra Costa County, California. He has also held senior management and executive roles in nonprofit organizations such as the New York Urban League and Volunteers of America Bay Area.
Dr. Fraser was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Public Affairs and Administration at California State University, East Bay, in 2005. He continues to teach today in the Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration programs. His teaching and research interests are quite diverse and include, but are not limited to:
- Organizational Theory, Change and Leadership
- Program Development, Funding, and Evaluation
- Public Policy Formulation and Implementation; and
- Interpretive Research Methods (with a strong emphasis on phenomenology)
He is a Credentialed California County Senior Executive and has been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.
“Teaching is a lifelong journey because it is an ever-evolving pursuit of knowledge, growth, and
inspiration. Through our commitment to lifelong learning, we unlock the potential within
ourselves and our students, fostering a brighter future for generations to come."
Grace St.Clair ( Hernandez) has worked in Healthcare for over 25 years and says healthcare has been a
huge part of her professional career. She states ”The best part of being an educator in healthcare
administration is the opportunity to shape the future of healthcare by empowering and inspiring the
next generation of healthcare leaders. It's a rewarding journey where knowledge meets compassion,
and where we have the power to make a lasting impact on individuals, communities, and the entire
healthcare system." In her most current role she is a Compliance Director in a large health plan in
Alameda. Grace received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Cal State East Bay and while
currently teaching she is pursuing her JD Law degree specializing in healthcare law. During her free time,
she enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.