Frank Cardenas

Frank Cardenas comes to Cal State L.A.’s Management Department after 25 years in public service and the legal profession in order to provide our students with a real-world perspective on the business environment they will embark upon. A native of the San Gabriel Valley, Prof. Cardenas attended East Los Angeles College and received his BA from the University of Southern California. Upon graduating from Harvard Law School he began his legal career in the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers as an associate in the Corporations Department.

Mr. Cardenas has substantial experience in public service, including tenures on the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, as an executive at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and as the executive director of the City of Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission (2001).

Frank’s decision to take a “reverse sabbatical” from the practice of law and teach has been driven largely by his interest in teaching and conducting research on various aspects of climate change and sustainability. Mr. Cardenas has taught MGMT 308 Business Responsibilities in Society and 479 Business in its Social Setting, which he taught as a business and sustainability course, and FIN 205 The Legal and Regulatory Environment. When he’s not teaching, Prof. Cardenas leads his consulting firm specializing in public policy and environmental issues.