Michael A. Moodian

Writer, educator, nonprofit leader, Southern California native

Dr. Michael A. (Mike) Moodian is an educator and nonprofit leader based in Orange County, CA. He has served as a faculty member in various capacities for Chapman University since 2007. Mike is the editor of a graduate textbook titled "Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence" (Sage, 2009). This volume examines the application of cultural comprehension to organizations and the measurement of intercultural competence. The book has quickly become widely used in graduate and undergraduate classes around the world, and it is cited by the Association of American Colleges & Universities in establishing national learning standards. Mike has been a guest op-ed contributor on social and political issues for newspapers such as the Orange County Register, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and Los Angeles Daily News, and he has served as an expert commentator on several television and radio programs. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mike to the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance this year. Mike also chairs the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Consultative School Board, and serves as founding chair of the United Nations Association of Orange County Advisory Board, as a member of the UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative Advisory Board, and as an executive board member and former chairman of the World Affairs Council of Orange County. Chapman University named Mike Teacher of the Year at its Irvine center in 2009, and OC Metro named him a 40 Under 40 honoree in 2010. Additionally, he was one of 18 Americans (and the only California resident) selected by the European Union to travel to Brussels in 2012 as a citizen diplomat to discuss education policy with EU officials. Mike holds a doctorate degree in education from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton.