Dennis H. Mangers Strategic Advisor to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
Dennis Mangers received an AA Degree from El Camino Community College where he was both Freshman Class and Student Body President. He was awarded a BA from California State University , Long Beach and his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. After service in the US Navy, he began his career in 1964 as an educator, serving as an elementary school teacher in Long Beach, California and in 1968, he became the youngest school principal in California. Later, he was appointed to the Huntington Beach Parks and Recreation Commission and elected as a member and Chairman of the Huntington Beach High School District Board of Trustees. From 1971 through 1976 he was engaged as Senior Vice president of The American Learning Corporation where he helped develop and market “The Reading Game”, a group of in-school and after school centers which subsequently were re-branded as “the Sylvan Learning Centers”.
In 1976, Mangers was elected to the California State Assembly where he served two terms as a member of the Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Health Committee and Chair of the Sub-Committee on the Improvement of Pre and In-service Training for School Principals. In 1981, he was named Senior Vice-president and Principal Advocate for the California Cable and Telecommunications Industry, ultimately becoming its President and remaining in that position for over 27 years as he became increasingly involved in the life of the Sacramento region.
In 2009, Mangers came out of retirement to serve as Senior Advisor to the President Pro tempore of the California State Senate, Darrell Steinberg and in 2017, he came out of retirement once again to serve now Mayor Steinberg as Strategic Advisor for Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy. He is currently staffing an initiative by the Mayor and Sacramento County Superintendent Dave Gordon designed to reinvigorate arts education in the 13 school districts of Sacramento County; an initiative for which the County has received a one million dollar grant from the State Department of Education.
Mangers is a Class I Fellow and former Chair of the Board of the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and in 2006 was named its “Exemplary Leader” of the region. He has served as a member and Chair of the Boards of the Sacramento Ballet, The Sacramento Unity Center, CARES ( Center for AIDS, Research, Education and Services), and Broadway Sacramento, producers of the Music Circus and Broadway series. For 12 years he served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the CSU, Sacramento Center for California Studies. He currently serves as a member and former Board Chair of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
In 2007, Mangers was named Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Education, CSU Long Beach where he currently serves on the University’s Board of Governors. He has also been awarded the President’s Medal from CSU Sacramento for service to the community and in 2017, he received the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s AL Geiger Award for contributions to diversity and other service to the region.
His husband, Michael Sestak is an award winning lighting designer in the Sacramento Region and he has two children and two grandchildren.