David Herrera

Affiliate Faculty

  • EdD, University of San Diego, Leadership Studies
  • MA, University of Louvain (Belgium), Applied Ethics to Business/Economics
  • MA, University of Louvain (Belgium), European Studies
  • MA, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Business Administration

David Herrera is an Affiliate Professor at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD where he teaches Ethics and Leadership and Action Research Methods courses on campus and Participatory Models of Leadership in the study-abroad program in Mondragón, Spain. He has lived, studied and worked in the United States,Mexico and Europe. He and his wife Cherie have been married for 45 years and have lived in San Diego since 1996. Previously, they lived with their children Cristina and Daniel inBelgiumfor four years and in Mexico City for 25 years.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois (1966), a Master of Business Administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico(1978) and a diploma of the International Senior Management Program from Harvard University (1988). He also has two Master of Arts degrees, in European Studies (1994) and Applied Ethics to Business and Economics (1995), from the University of Louvain in Belgiumand a Doctorate in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego (2005).

Dr. Herrera worked in three large transnational American companies for 27 years. Since 1986, he was responsible for the Latin American, Asia-Pacific and European regions for Sonoco Products Company and was Chairman of the Board of Directors for its subsidiaries in France, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. In 1993, while working in Europeas Sonoco’s Vice-President of International Operations, he retired from his business career to enter the world of academia.

In 1995, he visited the Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa in Spain, and was convinced that its participatory model of work, which integrated superior economic results, ethical practices and social justice, had much to offer to organizational leaders and educators in other parts of the world. Therefore, for the past 17 years, Dr. Herrera has been researching, teaching, lecturing and writing about the Mondragón model and its values. Since 1998, he has led a Mondragón summer seminar in Spain for University of San Diego students, faculty and members of the community and has lectured and presented papers at various forums in the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. In 2001, he presented a paper in the Vatican called “Laborem Exercens, ‘Traditional Organizations,’ and the Democratic Mondragon Model” describing this model as a paradigm for more humane work in organizations. This paper was published by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in a book called Work as Key to the Social Question. In 2003, he wrote a paper called “Mondragon: A For-Profit Organization that Embodies Catholic Social Thought,” published by the Review of Business Journal of St John’s University in New York. In the same year, he wrote “Mondragón: A Paradigm of Justice and Solidarity at the Workplace,” a chapter in Michael Naughton and Stephanie Rumpza (Eds)’s e-book Business as a Calling: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Meaning of Business from the Catholic Social Tradition.

Dr. Herrera has traveled extensively in the United States, Mexico, most countries in Western Europe and South America, and in various countries in Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. He has also visited India, China and the former Soviet Union. He considers his international work, academic and travel experiences as intimately related components of his formation as a person and as a professional.