Center for Southern California Studies

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  • Larry Mantle and Dr. I. King Jordan, Envisioning California 2014
  • Governor Dukakis Speaking at CSUN
  • Envisioning California 2015 Panel: Fran Pavley, Dr. Alex Hall, Matt Petersen, Nancy Steele, Patt Morrison
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  • Envisioning California Conference, October 2009

Faculty & Staff

Lawrence Becker, Center for Southern California Studies


Larry Becker, Ph.D., Director

Phone: (818) 677-3478


Dr. Backer at the podium
 Thomas E Backer, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow
Chair, Community Advisory Board

Dr. Thomas Backer is a psychologist whose life work is devoted to studying and working with people, organizations, and communities to help them meet the challenges of innovation and change.  He concentrates on improving health and human services for vulnerable populations, enhancing nonprofit arts and culture programs, and helping highly creative people deal with the challenges of creative work. He is the Executive Director of Valley Nonprofit Resources, which provides services for the more than 4,500 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley, and the President Emeritus of the Human Interaction Research Institute. He is also the Chair of the CSCS Community Advisory Board.