After a long and rewarding career in public and government service in which she served in various high-level leadership, Dr. Nightingale began her own business, Nightingale & Associates, LLC, a highly successful management consultant business that specializes in assisting public and private organizations through organizational change processes and personnel challenges.
Throughout her career in various positions, Dr. Nightingale learned and demonstrated the essential functions for administrators and managers in public administration such as “self as leaders”, the importance of diversity and inclusion, conflict and crises management and strategies to deal effectively with inevitable changes in public organizations and governmental agencies. Her role today as professor is reflective of her varied experiences, talents and skills sharpened in these roles.
Dr. Nightingale was a founding organizer of the Grassroots Venice Neighborhood Council, a chartered elective body advisory to the Los Angeles City Council. She served as its first District Representative for the minority community of Oakwood in Venice, CA. In its second term, she served as Vice President of the 15-body Council serving 60,000 residents. Dr. Nightingale continues as an activist for social justice, particularly in the areas of redemption and prevention of recidivism for formerly incarcerated persons.
Currently, Dr. Nightingale is as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission, a five-member quasi-judicial body responsible for granting and adjudicating appeals received from county employees regarding discharges, suspensions, position reductions and other personnel actions.
Dr. Nightingale has taught as an adjunct professor at Baruch College since June 2016. She earned a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio; an MPA from California State University at Long Beach, CA, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Antioch University, Los Angeles, CA.