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Moses Zapien (MPA ’18)

Moses  Zapien

Prior degrees received:
J.D., Laurence Drivon School of Law
B.A., University of Southern California
B.A., University of The Pacific

Most recent position:
Chief Executive Officer and President, The Community Foundation of San Joaquin

Transitioning From Politics To Philanthropy
“My experience in politics includes serving as an elected representative on the Stockton City Council and being appointed by Governor Brown to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors to serve the remainder of an unexpired term. Having recently completed my term, I’ve joined the philanthropy world as the CEO of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership, promoting a culture of giving, and cultivating resources that address the needs of the San Joaquin region.

Transitioning from politics to philanthropy, I knew now was the perfect time to seek out an opportunity to learn from other leaders in the public sector who could challenge me and help me grow as a difference-maker in my community.”

Need For Policy-Oriented Community Leaders
“There continues to be a great need for thoughtful, policy-oriented community leaders who are dedicated to making a difference in San Joaquin County.   As a recent policymaker, I recognize the value of a formal public policy education and the difference it makes in the decision-making process.

From economic analysis to strategy and innovation, my BerkeleyMPA coursework provides the formal frameworks to address the policy issues of today. With my MPA degree, I see myself working to make a difference in the Central Valley of California, a place where there is a need for thoughtful leaders who are professionally equipped to address the socio-economic challenges facing our region.”

Grow As Leaders
“I was drawn to the BerkeleyMPA Program because of the reputation for academic excellence; the caliber of professors; the opportunity to learn from the experts in their respective public policy fields; and to grow professionally to be a more effective leader in the public sector.  One of the many aspects I admire most about my instructors has been their willingness to challenge the way we traditionally think about problems in order for us to grow as leaders.”

Last updated on 09/26/2018