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Office of the Commandant Staff

Lead Company Commandant Palin Berkana-Wycoff serves as the Company Commandant for MPM Company. He is also a member of the International Business and Logistics faculty.

Before coming to Cal Maritime, he spent a decade as an organization development consultant, executive coach, and experiential trainer. He specialized in client projects involving strategy-driven group and individual capacity development, particularly with respect to leadership development and executive leader transitions. In addition to his years consulting, Commandant Berkana-Wycoff has more than thirty years of experience in organizational leadership, including a decade in commercial food production and international supply chain management in the American, European and Australian wine industries as a winemaker and production director. Concurrent with his role at Cal Maritime, Commandant Berkana-Wycoff is a member of the core faculty for the Master of Arts in Organization Development program at Sonoma State University. He teaches a series of 2nd-year courses on Human Systems Redesign, which focuses on culture and its social construction. Commandant Berkana-Wycoff holds an MA in Psychology from Sonoma State University and a BA in Management from SUNY, Empire State College. He served six years as a U.S. Army combat engineer squad leader and, in 1987, was named the Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for the Sixth U.S. Army.

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