Sophal Ear, Ph.D., was elected to the Crescenta Valley Town Council in November 2015 and since January 2017 has served as Corresponding Secretary. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles where he teaches global political economy, development, security, Asia, and senior comprehensives (theses). Previously, he taught comparative political economy, Asian political economy, and how to rebuild countries after wars at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and international development policy at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He has consulted for the World Bank, was Assistant Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor, served on the Board of the Macau Property Investment Fund and as an Advisor to Cambodia’s first private equity fund Leopard Capital. He is a TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he serves on the Boards of Omnibus Trading Corporation, E2 Lighting USA, Inc., the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Refugees International, Partners for Development, the Center for Khmer Studies, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, the Southeast Asia Development Program, and the International Public Management Network, the latter two of which he serves as Treasurer. He is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of International Relations and Development (Palgrave), the International Public Management Journal (Taylor & Francis), Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement (Purdue University), and Politics and the Life Sciences (Cambridge University Press). He is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press.