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Mitchell Friedman
Senior Lecturer
Mail Code: IN-311
Graduate School of Defense Management
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3254
Email: msfriedm (at)
EdD - University of San Francisco, 2011
Organization and Leadership
APR - Public Relations Society of America, 2000
Accredited in Public Relations
MA - Stanford University, 1984
Modern European History
BA - Brandeis University, 1982
  • Appointed to faculty in November 2016
  • Adjunct Instructor/Term Professor, Schools of Communication Studies, Education, and Management, University of San Francisco, 2002-2007; 2009-2011; 2015-present
    • Courses Taught: The Ethical Organization; Group Process and Decision Making; Leadership Theories; Management and Organizational Dynamics; Public Speaking; Public Relations Principles and Practices; Public Relations Campaigns
    • Academic Programs: EdD. in Organization and Leadership; B.S. in Communication Studies; B.S. in Business Administration; MBA.
  • Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Career Development, Presidio Graduate School, 2012-2015
    • As member of senior management team, led three staff members charged with execution of non-academic experiences. Spearheaded career management and Experiential Learning programs. Directed 20+ non-credit educational events annually and other services for 800 MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, and non-degree students and alumni. Developed and guided alumni relations activities; disability services; student professional and leadership development efforts; conduct/community standards; two new student orientations annually; commencement; and non-credit educational programs related to social innovation and impact.
  • Director, Northern California Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies, San Francisco, CA, 2012-present
    • Develop curriculum, facilitate four-month annual training program that puts early career advertising agency professionals into real-life marketing environments to develop integrated plans for prospective clients such as SKYY Vodka, Peet's Coffee and Tea, and Microsoft. Recruit, direct up to 10 faculty members and other volunteers. Supervise 25 participants.
  • Principal, Mitchell Friedman Communications, 1992-present.
    • Enhance ability of organizations to communicate with key constituencies through consulting, training, and coaching. As career and job search strategist, connect individuals with information, people, and organizations to help advance their careers.
  • Management Communication, Crisis Communication, Organizational Behavior, Ethics and Organizations, Leadership Theories, Public Relations
  • Leadership, leadership development, management communication, teaching
  • Association of Business Communicators; Public Relations Society of America; Member, Editorial Board, International Journal for Transformative Research
  • Friedman, M. (2012). Leadership development in undergraduate public relations students: A case study. Public Relations Journal, 6(4), 1-33. Retrievable from
  • Friedman, M. (2013). Developing and teaching the crisis communication course. PRism Journal, 10 (1). Retrievable from
  • Friedman, M. (2013). Collaboration and peak performance in action at Pike Place Fish Market. In Mitchell, P., & Ramirez, S. (Eds.). Collaboration and peak performance, Los Gatos, CA: Robertson Publishing. Friedman, M. (2015). Finding, securing, and maintaining part-time teaching positions in public relations. In Neff, B. & Johnson, T.L. (Eds.), Learning to teach: What you need to know to develop a successful career as a public relations educator (4th edition), New York, NY: Public Relations Society of America.
  • Friedman, M. (2016). My evolution as a higher education leader and follower. In Mitchell, P., & Ramirez, S. (Eds.). Lessons in leadership: Tips for an emerging P-20 leader in the 2lst century, Los Gatos, CA: Robertson Publishing.

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