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Gary Mangiofico Executive Professor of Organizational Theory and Management

Gary Mangiofico, PhD

Executive Professor of Organizational Theory and Management
MS in Organization Development Academic Director
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Gary L. Mangiofico is recognized as a strategic and iconic thought leader and who is “a role model and true believer in change.” In 2020 he received the Award of Excellence from the AFI Foundation for his work in developing leaders, and later that year received the 2020 Organization Development Network’s Award of Service for his service leadership.  In 2019 he received the Graziadio Business School Aspire Teaching Award for transformational teaching.  Previously, in 2018 he was named the Honorary Associate Fellow for the Taos Institute for his “professional contributions of singular significance” on transformational and reflective practice leading change in organizations.  In 2012, he was honored with the Strategic Leadership Award from the World HRD & Development Congress at the Global HR/OD Excellence Awards, which recognizes the Best of Best in the OD professionals internationally and serves as a benchmark of achievement in Organization Development practices.  Dr. Mangiofico has also received numerous leadership awards at local, state, and federal levels including a “Special Congressional Commendation” from the United States Congress for “Outstanding Leadership”.  And, he is an award-winning scholar for his research and work on leading complex change, co-creation of meaning, and trans- organizational development.

As an Executive Professor of Leadership and Management, in the area of Organizational Theory and Management he teaches across the graduate programs at the Graziadio Business school, where he also serves as the Academic Director for the Master of Science in Organization Development.  Additionally, he is the Immediate Past Chair, having been elected three times as President and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the global Organization Development Network, the largest professional association for OD in the world.  He also serves as Vice Chair for the Organization Development Education Association.  Dr. Mangiofico prepares leaders in the art and science of leading strategic change through learning that is applied and practical, values-centered and globally oriented.

Dr. Mangiofico has led strategic development, operations management and integration, and turnaround operations solving complex challenges as a CEO, COO, general management executive, and as a consultant for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) network, an independent public benefit corporation working to make voluntary, high-quality preschool available to every 4-year-old in Los Angeles County. He is a former vice president for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Services; COO and senior vice president for Pathmakers, an integrated behavioral health practice management group; senior vice president for Apria Healthcare Group; and chief executive officer for CPC Alhambra Hospital.

Dr. Mangiofico joined Pepperdine University's Graziadio School in 2003 and has held several administrative and faculty leadership appointments over his tenure at the business school.  As Associate Dean for fully-employed and executive programs, he oversaw several signature programs including the Executive MBA, Presidents and Key Executives MBA, M.S. in Organizational Development, part-time MBA, MSML, as well as Executive Education non-degree programs.  He also was responsible for Marketing & Communications, Admissions, Student Accounts, and Student Services/ Financial Aid for the Graziadio School.

Dr. Mangiofico holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alameda/Berkeley). He is an active member of the Academy of Management, where he served on the Board for the Management Consulting Division, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been delivering consulting services to corporations, private business, and non-profits since 1989, as well as conducted over 300 workshops and keynote presentations in leadership, healthcare, complex transformation, and the co-creation of meaning and dialogic OD. 


  • California School of Professional Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Chapman University, Master of Arts

  • Chapman University, Bachelor of the Arts



Mangiofico, G. L. (in press). Billie Alban: The Inclusive OD Practitioner and Scholar. Change Thinkers Handbook.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2013). Using Trans-Organizational Development and Complexity Theory Frameworks to Establish a New Early Childhood Education Network (vol. 3). Bingley: Organizing for Sustainability, Emerald Press.

Mangiofico, G. L., Feyerherm, A. E. (2012). Using Complexity Theory To Manage Changes Among Diverse Groups (May 2012 ed., pp. 265-275). Oxford, UK: RossiSmith Academic Publishing.

Chesley, J. A., Mangiofico, G. L. (2008). Project Stakeholder Management. Colorado Springs, Colorado: Applied Project Management for Space Systems.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2018). Physician Shortage Requires Multi-Prong Solution (January ed.). American Journal of Managed Care.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2017). Volume to Value: Healthcare Stakeholders Must Adapt or Perish. online: Physician's Practice.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2009). Guest View: Meeting Early Education Needs of People with Autism. Pasadena, California: Pasadena-Star News.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2009). We Can't Afford Not to Invest in Early Childhood Education. Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Watts Times.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2009). L.A. Suffering by Degrees: city's Low High School Graduation Rates illustrate the Necessity of High-Quality Preschool Education. Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Business Journal.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2008). Universal Preschool: A Debate We Cannot Afford to Lose. Los Angeles, California: Daily News.

Mangiofico, G. L. (2015). Optimizing New Healthcare Delivery Model Requires Integration and Innovation. Los Angeles, CA: Physicians News Network.

Mangiofico, G. L., Pacific Conference on the Art and Science of Business, "Co-creation of Meaning in Complex Environments," SISU, Palm Springs. (May 7, 2016).

Mangiofico, G. L., The Future of Healthcare Symposium 2016, "The Challenges of Healthcare Leadership and Technology," Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA. (April 28, 2016).

Mangiofico, G. (Presenter & Author), Management, "Leading Change," Hebei Normal University, Hebi Province, China. (March 17, 2016).

Mangiofico, G. (Presenter & Author), Advancement Leadership Academy 2016, "Leading Change in the Face of Adversity," Advancement Leadership Academy, Temecula California. (February 1, 2016).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Moderator), The Future of Healthcare Symposium 2015, "The Changing Landscape," Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA. (March 26, 2015).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Armstrong, M. (Presenter & Author), Vierig, B. (Presenter & Author), Graduate Management Admissions Council Leadership Program, "Admissions Analytics," GMAC, Long Beach, Ca. (January 21, 2015).

Mangiofico, G. L., EMBA Annual Conference, "Leading Change in Complex Environments," EMBA Council, Los Angeles, Ca. (October 20, 2014).

Mangiofico, G. L., International Society of Organizational Development and Change, "Understanding Complexity and Leading Change in TransOrg Systems," ISODC, Amsterdam. (July 9, 2014).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Armstrong, M. (Presenter & Author), Vierig, B. (Presenter & Author), GMAC Annual Conference 2014, "Admissions Analytics," GMAC, Baltimore, MD. (June 13, 2014).

Mangiofico, G. L., GMAC Leadership Conference, "Leading Change in Higher Education," GMAC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (January 22, 2014).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Mulhern, D. (Presenter & Author), Robin, J. (Presenter & Author), Great Place to Work Conference, "Future of Culture and Organizations," Great Place to Work, Los Angeles, Ca. (April 17, 2013).

Lacey, M. Y. (Presenter & Author), Tompkins, T. C., Livingstone, L. A., Ledbetter, B. L., Allen, M., Mallinger, M. A., Mangiofico, G. L., Feyerherm, A. E., Narrow Streets, Open Minds, "OB/HR Symposium: A Leadership Salon: Reframing Old Concepts for a New Age," Western Academy of Management, Santa Fe, NM. (March 15, 2013).

Mangiofico, G. L., GMAC Leadership Conference, "Leadership and Complex Environments," GMAC, San Francisco, CA. (January 23, 2013).

Mangiofico, G. L., Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Conference, "Critical Concerns for a Changing Future," Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, Phoenix, Arizona. (January 3, 2013).

Mangiofico, G. L., ACG Conference, "Managing, Developing, and Retaining Your Best Employees," Association for Corporate Groth, Los Angeles, Ca. (November 14, 2012).

Mangiofico, G. L., Alliance for Healthcare Conference, "Leading Change in Healthcare Today," Alliance for Healthcare - San Diego, San Deigo, CA. (March 23, 2012).

Mangiofico, G. L., OD Leading Practices, "Shifting Role of OD in Business," St. Louis Organization Development Conference, St. Louis, Mo. (February 29, 2012).

Mangiofico, G. L., World Human Relations and OD Conference, "Leading Change in Trans organizational Environments," World HR/OD Congress, Mumbai, India. (February 18, 2012).

Mangiofico, G. L., Japanese Healthcare Conference, "Leading Change in Healthcare," Cypress Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. (December 1, 2011).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), NACSO Annual Convention, "Principles of Collaboration: The Network Organization," National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations, Las Vegas, Nevada. (April 25, 2010).

Mangiofico, G. L., NACUSO Annual Convention, "Principles of Collaboration: The Network Organization Part II," National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations, Las Vegas, Nevada. (April 25, 2010).

Mangiofico, G. L., "The Pursuit of Quality," INSIGHT Economic Development Center, Webinar. (December 2009).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), The Conference Board-Change Management Roundtable, "Urgent, Dramatic and Difficult Change: Rising to the Challenges," The Conference Board, New York. (October 2009).

Lacey, M. Y. (Presenter & Author), Egan, T. D., Mangiofico, G. L., University-wide Faculty Conference, "Graduated Field Immersion," Pepperdine, Malibu. (October 2, 2009).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter Only), Town Hall Los Angeles, "The Education Century: Rebuilding our Economy Through Education Reform," Corwin Press, Los Angeles. (July 2009).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Head Start-Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program, "The Pursuit of Quality: A Call to Action," UCLA, California. (January 2009).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Children's Collabrium, "Improving Child Outcomes Through an Educated Workforce in the Preschool Industry," Child Development Policy Institute Education Fund, Los Angeles, California. (August 2008).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), MSOD Alumni Webinar, "OD Practices in Non-Profit Organizations," MSOD Alumni, Web. (August 22, 2008).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), California Association for Education of Young Children Annual Conference, "The Pursuit of Quality: A Philosophy More than a Destination," CAEYC, Long Beach, California. (April 2008).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Colorado Lt. Governor's Collaborative on Early Learning Investment, "Understanding Customer to Build a High-Quality Preschool System," Colorado Lt. Governor, Colorado. (April 2008).

Mangiofico, G. L., Values Centered Leadership Lab. (2006).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), National Institute of Early Childhood Conference, "City Readiness Initiatives: Start-Up and Accountability: Lessons Learned the Hard Way." (November 2006).

Egan, T. D., Chesley, J. A., Mangiofico, G. L., Feyerherm, A. E., Barrett, F., Ludema, J., Fry, R., Academy of Management, "Applying Appreciative Inquiry to Management Development: New Ideas to Enhance Managerial Capacity," Atlanta Georgia. (August 2006).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter Only), Academy of Management Annual Conference, "Post-modernism and Management," Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia. (August 2006).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Chesley, J. A., Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Appreciative Design," Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia. (August 2006).

Mangiofico, G. L., Italiano-Thomas, G. (Presenter Only), 15th National Institute of Early Childhood, "Implementing Universal Access to Preschool in Diverse Communities," National Association for Education of Young Children, San Antonio, Texas. (June 4, 2006).

Mangiofico, G. L., Milken Institute Global Conference 2006, "The Economics of Pre-K in the USA," Milken Foundation, Los Angeles, California. (April 26, 2006).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Special California State Legislatures Meeting on Early Childhood Education Economic Impact, "Strategic Development & Planning: Lessons Learned and Pending," California State Legislatures, California. (February 2006).

Mangiofico, G. L. (Presenter & Author), Italiano-Thomas, G. (Presenter & Author), Quality and Early Learning, "Organizing for Quality," Rand Corporation and Qaulistar Corp., Santa Monica, Ca. (January 2006).

Mangiofico, G. L., California Preschool Collaborative Association, "Emergent Model for Universal Preschool," San Francisco, CA. (October 2005).

Mangiofico, G. L., LA County Commission, "Universal Preschool for Los Angeles County - A Strategic Plan," Los Angeles, CA. (August 2005).

Mangiofico, G. L., Feyerherm, A., Western Academy of Management, "AI Platform for Classroom Instruction," Las Vegas, Nevada. (August 2005).

Mangiofico, G. L., Cypress National Healthcare Conference, "Healthcare Transformation in the 21st Century for Japan," Tokyo, Japan. (June 2005).

Wallis, N. C., Chesley, J. A., Feyerherm, A. E., Egan, T. D., Mangiofico, G. L., WAM 2005, "Using Appreciative Inquiry for Positive Scholarship in the Classroom," WAM, Las Vegas, NV. (March 2005).


Outstanding Author Contribution Award for Excellence, Emerald Literati Network - Emerald Publishing Group. (June 30, 2014).

Strategic Leadership Award, World HRD Congress. (February 17, 2012).

California Award for Performance Excellence, California Council on Excellence. (March 2010).

Excellence in Education, LA Headquarters. (April 25, 2010).

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, United States Congress. (December 10, 2009).

Leadership, California Assembly. (2008).

California Award for Process Excellence, California Council on Excellence. (March 2008).

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Health
  • Universal Preschool
  • Physician Shortage and Healthcare Challenges
  • Complex Environments


  • BSM 484
  • GSBM 691
  • GSBM 693
  • GSBM 698
  • MBA 640
  • MBA 672
  • MBA 680
  • MBA 699
  • MBAA 641
  • MBAA 651
  • MBAA 699
  • MBAK 611
  • MBAK 612
  • MBAK 662
  • MBAM 608
  • MBAM 663
  • MBFE 670
  • MSML 605
  • MSML 640
  • MSML 672
  • MSOD 602
  • MSOD 606
  • MSOD 611
  • MSOD 612
  • MSOD 613
  • MSOD 617
  • MSOD 618
  • MSOD 688
  • OTMT 481
  • OTMT 650
  • OTMT 670
  • OTMT 672