Ernie Maldonado has spent his professional career in public service, including 10 years as an Air Force intelligence specialist, 30 years as a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and, overlapping that, three decades as an adjunct professor at local universities. Maldonado completed his undergraduate studies in public management and public administration at Pepperdine University, where he now serves as a member of the board of the School of Public Policy. He has been a longtime, active supporter and alumnus of CGU, where he received his PhD in Criminal Justice in 1983.

As a member of the U.S. military, Maldonado served in Europe, Asia, and the United States. After leaving the military, Maldonado established a career in law enforcement and rose to the rank of captain; he held commands ranging from patrol and jail to risk-management operations. Maldonado is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a professional course of study and training for law enforcement executives.

As an adjunct professor for more than 30 years, Maldonado has taught in both the University of California and California State University systems and at the College of Business and Public Management, University of La Verne. His teaching and research focus on the areas of leadership and organizational behavior.

At CGU, Maldonado and his wife, Mary, have established The Maldonado Family Endowed Leadership Fund. Maldonado joined the Claremont Graduate University Board of Trustees in 2016.