About Armando

It's all about communication and the language we use to connect with people.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Who is Armando? 

I’ve always had a passion for supporting equity and justice. My work is geared toward building efficacy and equitable access for those who have traditionally been outsiders.  These beliefs fuel my desire to be the best coach that I can be when working with my clients to build individual leadership strengths that multiply into efficient stakeholders and organizations.


  • Organizational systems to support stakeholder goal attainment
  • Planning, building and evaluating effective learning/training programs
  • Organizational structures to promote equitable access for all stakeholders
  • Leadership to support English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Assessing and supporting performance gaps

Why Empowertunity?
I enjoy working with people to affect systemic change and solve problems of practice. Solving systemic puzzles with invested stakeholders has a tangible effect on the efficacy of an organization and its stakeholders. I believe in leadership that is collaborative and has a responsibility to build efficacy in others. As such, I am proud to work within an organization that supports organizational change and leadership support through a similar lens and practices leadership in the same manner.

Formal Education:

Doctor of Education (EdD), Organizational Change and Leadership University of Southern California
Master of Education (MEd), Teaching
California Lutheran University
Bachelor of Arts (BA) English, San Diego State University

Dr. Armando T. Zúñiga is the Academic Director of English Language Programs and Undergraduate Initiatives in the Humanities and Sciences Department at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Additionally, he is the Director of the Writing Centers and an Associate Professor in the department. Prior to working at ArtCenter, he was Assistant Director of the Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) at Loyola Marymount University. He earned his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). His dissertation research was a qualitative study examining the influence that knowledge, motivation, and the organization have upon the goal attainment of instructional coaches for teachers of ELLs.

Armando is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys sport-touring along the coasts and through the valleys of California.


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Dr. Armando Zuniga

Armando is someone who looks at problems and finds unique and creative ways to approach, plan an attack, and solve them. A fun fact about Armando is he has a certificate in Tuscan cuisine from a cooking school in Florence.
Recommended Books
"The Power of Language" by Viorica Marian

"Augustus" by Anthony Everitt

"The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller

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