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Pacifica Graduate Institute Names Dr. Leonie Mattison as President and CEO

Lindauer was proud to partner with the Pacifica Graduate Institute in its search for its new President and CEO. Congratulations to Dr. Leonie Mattison on her appointment, effective October 3, 2022.

Dr. Mattison is a seasoned organizational development professional with over 20 years of experience in transformational leadership. Her contributions have helped strengthen national public health research, regional workforce development, and adult educational reform across the country, continuously elevating and enhancing the profiles of the organizations she’s worked with.

With a Doctorate and MBA in Organizational Leadership, Dr. Mattison has a gift for building sustainable organizations through employee engagement, leadership development, and cultivating and appreciating data-driven, transformational growth. Her cross-cultural and inclusive partnerships span across the fabric of organizations internally and externally, solidifying collaborative and unifying partnerships. She has navigated cultures rife with hostility, low employee morale, and poor communication by focusing on people, practices, and performance in an inclusive and shared fashion.

Having personally worked with a Pacifica graduate on her own healing journey through trauma, Dr. Mattison is passionate about the institute’s mission and the calling on Pacifica for a worldwide, life-changing impact. So inspired, she has added to the body of work with her six-step T.H.R.E.A.D. methodology integrating Jungian psychology, pedagogy, and spiritual practices to invite others into the exploratory journey of tending to and healing the soul.

Dr. Mattison is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Christian Counseling Association, and Association of Black Psychologists, among other educational and professional organizations.

When asked how she will begin her leadership journey with Pacifica, Dr. Mattison says, “As we deepen into courage and integrity, we experience the power of joining hearts to meet people where they are; hands to hold one another through crisis, and heads to imagine new ways of serving the whole. I welcome working together, holding heads, hands, and hearts into the future of Pacifica. It is the collective unit that will allow Pacifica to live into its’ worldwide mission to tend souls.”

Dr. Mattison served as an adjunct professor and lecturer with Antioch University and Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning. She was most recently recognized in the Santa Barbara Independent for her publication, The Thread: Six Steps to Intentional Transformation from Trauma or Crisis. The Thread spells out six practical, powerful, and purposeful steps to transforming negative situations into positive outcomes.

Coupled with her love for and interest in the classroom experience, Dr. Mattison is deeply engaged in understanding Pacifica’s approach to online and related forms of learning, specifically on issues fundamental to supporting the whole student through their adult education journey, including recruitment, development, graduation, and career growth.

Dr. Mattison also has a clear understanding of financial infrastructure at national and local institutional levels and has collaborated with university leadership on issues such as tuition, financial aid, endowment distribution, and debt and liquidity, while directly managing a considerable annual budget. She has also successfully secured multi-million-dollar grant funding, participated in major gift fundraising efforts, and brought philanthropic and corporate revenue strategies engaging funding negotiations and stewardship issues.

With proven success and truly stellar recommendations, Pacifica Board is enthused to welcome Dr. Mattison to the Pacifica community. The Institute believes strongly that Dr. Mattison’s character, decision-making, and collaborative spirit will position Pacifica for excellence in the years ahead, and only amplify the great work of their former President, Dr. Joseph Cambray (2022) and the legacy of their founder, Dr. Stephen Aizenstat. 

Read the full press release here.

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