Educational Instruction

Rod Gould has been instructing and giving back to the next generation of local government leaders since the early 1990s. See below for a list of his positions — past and present — within academia.

Rod Gould (pictured in the middle of the group photo above) is currently teaching an MPA course at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. A recent class was comprised of 27 mid-career students, about evenly divided from both Northern and Southern California plus two Stanford MPP independent study students.

To view the class outline click here.


Director of Training, Center for Public Safety Management, LLC, 2016-2020

Adjunct Professor at USC Price School of Public Policy – 2015- 2019

Instructor, California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), Executive Development Course, 2017-2020; and Pepperdine School of Public Policy Advanced Public Engagement Workshop, 2020

Lecturer at San Francisco State University MPA program – 2015-2017

Lecturer at University of San Francisco MPA program – 2015-2017

Lecturer at Stanford Local Governance Summer Institute – 2015-2020

Lecturer at UCLA MPA program – 2012-2014

Lecturer at Santa Monica College – 2011-2015

Adjunct Professor, MPA Program, San Francisco State University – 1997‐2005

Adjunct Professor, Graduate Center For Public Policy, CSU Long Beach – 1992-1996

City Manager in Residence

Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service – 2014

Pepperdine Graduate School of Public Policy – 2011

Cornell Graduate School of Public Affairs – 2010

USC Graduate School of Policy, Planning and Development – 2008

Additional Instruction/Mentorship

Professional Mentor, ICMA Pepperdine Graduate School of Public Policy Student Chapter – 2012-2015

Executive Committee member, San Diego Regional Training Center – 2007-2010

Founding Director and Instructor, Poway Community Leadership Institute – 2006-2010

Board of Directors member and Instructor, Monrovia Leadership Academy – 1994-1996