Areas of Expertise
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Legislative Advocacy
- Government Management
At U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (MBA Program), he teaches negotiations and conflict resolution and negotiations and legislative advocacy at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. He also has taught negotiations at the U.C Berkeley School of Law.
At Stanford Law School, he co-taught a negotiation workshop sponsored by the Stanford Center on Conflict & Negotiation and served as a teaching consultant to Stanford Law School’s Gould Center on Dispute Resolution. Further, he guest-lectured at Stanford Law School’s advanced negotiation class, presented a negotiations workshop for Stanford Medical School’s Women in Medicine Program and taught negotiation workshops for Stanford Continuing Studies.
As a Government & Community Relations Representative for U.C. San Francisco, he managed and mediated campus conflicts with local communities. He served as the Government & Public Affairs Manager for the S. F. Public Utilities Commission and as a negotiations advisor to the S.F. Mayor’s Office. Further, he served as a contract consultant for Conflict Management, Inc., a negotiation consulting firm founded by Roger Fisher, co-author of the best-selling negotiations book “Getting to Yes”.
He served as an aide to California Governor Jerry Brown and was appointed by Governor Gray Davis as the Director of the California Department of Community Services and Development, a position he also served in for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In this position, he conducted negotiation trainings for state departments and successfully used mediation to resolve complex public policy and legal disputes.
He served on the California State Board of Accountancy and led a bargaining team that negotiated a labor contract for the Office & Professional Employees International, Local 3, AFL-CIO. An experienced mediator, he served on the State Bar of California’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Chair of the Contra Costa Human Relations Commission and Chair of the Low-Income Oversight Committee of the California Public Utilities Commission. He served as Chair of the Filipino-American Caucus of the California Democratic Party and is currently the President of the Asian Pacific Leadership Foundation.
He operates Dayonot Associates, a negotiation training/consulting firm and his clients have included Expedia, Hotwire, Sybase, Amgen, U.C. San Francisco Medical School, Paragon Real Estate, Northrop Grumman, The Office of the Attorney General of Texas, National Public Radio, Western Bankers Association, S.F. International Airport, Chase International, The Grubb Company and several CPA firms and non-profits. His negotiations trainings have been approved by the State Bar of California for continuing legal education.
He holds an MPA from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law and received negotiations training at the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law School, the Program on Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School and the Public Disputes Program at MIT.