Peacing It Together Foundation

DR. LA VERNE PARKER DIGGS

Dr. Diggs is Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University teaching graduate level leadership courses. She teaches leadership courses which include, Organizational Behavior Public Affairs, Urban Leadership, Labor Relations and Leadership and Change. She also serves on dissertation committees for doctoral students.

Dr. Diggs served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the City of Scottsdale in Arizona from June 2008 until November 29, 2010. As a member of the executive leadership team she provided advice and guidance to city executives, elected officials, and employees regarding human resources and employee relations issues.

Dr. Diggs was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Norfolk, Virginia where she was responsible for “setting” organization direction and ensuring proper execution of the City’s public policies and service delivery. In this role, she served as an extension of the City Manager in the management of public services; she provided executive leadership in strategic planning and implementing the goals of the City.

Prior to joining the City of Norfolk, Dr. Diggs held several executive level positions. She served as the Director of Organizational Development and Human Resources for the City of Glendale, Arizona. As a direct report to the City Manager she directed the City’s Human Resources Program, and she was responsible for implementing and directing organizational change.

Dr. Diggs also served as the Assistant Vice President for Operations and Human Resources Management for the California State University at Los Angeles. She was responsible for providing administrative direction to several departments, which included Environmental Health and Safety, Public Safety, Human Resource Management, Procurement and Support Services and Information System.

Dr. Diggs has an earned doctorate degree from the School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, she has a Masters degree in Human Resources and Organization Development and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration.