USC Price School of Public Policy

Richard L. Garcia

Richard Garcia

Adjunct Associate Professor

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Richard L. Garcia is President of RJA Management Services, Inc., a human resources management consulting firm located in Arcadia, California. He has a Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College, and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach. Dr. Garcia was the recipient of the Yale University National Urban Fellowship, the NASPAA/NaCo Research Fellowship, the Loyola Marymount University Scholarship for the study of inter-group relations, and the Southern California Personnel Management Association Personnel Research Award.

Dr. Garcia has over 15 years of progressively responsible personnel management and city management experience. He has twenty-five years of experience providing management consulting and executive search services to corporations, municipalities, universities, utilities, and special districts. In addition, Dr. Garcia has facilitated numerous strategic planning, team building, and workforce diversity workshops and retreats for executives, managers, and elected officials.

Dr. Garcia is a member of the International Personnel Management Association, International City Managers Association, and the American Society for Public Administration. He has served as past Vice President, Programs of the Southern California Personnel Managers Association (1990-91), and has been a member of the USC SCAPA Praetor Board of Directors and the USC Hispanic Advisory Board.

Dr. Garcia is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy where he teaches graduate courses in Human Resources Management.