The graduates of California Southern University are a diverse and successful group of accomplished individuals. They represent a wide variety of professions and educational experiences, they also share the challenges of balancing careers, personal lives, and education.
CalSouthern is known for providing an adult approach to higher education. Our goal is to serve the individual needs of our student's lifestyles through online distance learning, providing the individual attention they need to ensure success.
We welcome you to view the profiles of just some of our many outstanding business graduates below.
Ziad Mazboudi, MBA
My CalSouthern Experience
I am a firm believer in lifelong learning, and that's what CalSouthern is all about, so it was a great fit. Business was not something that came to me naturally; it was not my cup of tea. But I was motivated to learn more and to perhaps think differently after working in local government for 20 years.
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Ziad Mazboudi is currently a senior civil engineer with the City of San Juan Capistrano, California, where he has managed the environmental division of the Public Works and Utilities Department since 2002. Ziad is a “green” civil engineer and a LEED-accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a certified professional in stormwater quality, as well as a certified professional in erosion and sediment control.
Ziad is very active in a number of professional organizations and is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Orange County branch. He currently serves on the national ASCE committee on critical infrastructures. He also has served on the American Public Works Association’s committee on solid waste and was one of the founding board members of the San Juan Capistrano Ecology Center.
Ziad is a fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers, an honor that only five percent of the members hold. He has also received many other ASCE honors and awards over the years, including Public Servant of the Year and Citizen Engineer of the Year award.
He has participated in international projects including working with USAID to develop environmental regulations for pollution prevention for the Kingdom of Jordan, which gave Ziad the opportunity to visit Jordan to train local municipalities and Jordanian Ministry of Environment staff. He also represented the U.S. on a trip to Egypt to speak on the role of government in green building and to help launch the Egyptian Green Building Council.
Ziad is the chairman of the County of Orange Stormwater program, the OC Trash and Debris task force and the San Juan Capistrano Sustainability Committee, and he is currently the president of the San Juan Capistrano Management Employees Group.
Ziad co-authored “The Solid Waste Manager’s Reference Guidebook” published by American Public Works Association (APWA), and is a frequent speaker at APWA and ACSE conferences and events.
Ziad holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut, as well as a Master of Business Administration from CalSouthern, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He loves woodworking and photography and is married to Mary Jo Leaf. They have a daughter (Jessica) and son (Andrew).