Public Policy and Administration

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PPA in the Community

  • Ben Lichty, a 2013 graduate of the Master's in Urban Land Development Program, was part of a multi-agency work group to help develop guidelines for funding Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities via AB 32 revenues. The draft guidelines were posted on the Strategic Growth Council's website.
  • Rob Wassmer, PPA Professor, offered an invited presentation on the pros and cons of taxing “personal” property in CA to the 80th International Annual Conference on (Property Tax) Assessment Administration in Sacramento on 8/26. A summary and his PP presentation are here.
  • Welcome to our 17 new MPPA students students who entered this fall. See who the new cohort is here.
  • Congratulations to the 14 new MPPA and three new MSULD graduates who have completed their degrees since fall of 2013. A complete list of names and topics is here.
  • Andrea Venezia, PPA professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, is quote in a Sacramento Bee article the SAT and high school students in Sacramento.

See more at our PPA in the Community page.

The Master of Public Policy and Administration is an exciting professional degree opportunity for students interested in a public service career. The program draws together the diverse perspectives, technologies and skills now essential to a successful career in public management or in one of the many fields within the public policy arena. Unlike programs with a more limited focus, ours provides skills necessary for management and budgeting, as well as analytical tools helpful for understanding the economic implications of policy choices, evaluating policy options, developing political strategies for advancing proposals, and conducting/assessing research projects. Additionally, consideration of ethics and the public good is infused throughout the curriculum. Our graduate programs can be found at the University's on-line catalog.

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Annual Pizza Picnic

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It was a great event! Thank you to all who attended! Be sure to catch us again next year at our annual pizza picnic. 

Third Annual Master's Thesis Symposium

at the State Capitol
May 29, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Reception to follow from 5:30-7:00 pm
at Tequila Museo Mayahuel, Coa Room
1200 K Street, Suite 3
Sacramento, CA

Presented by 
The Graduate Association of Students in Public Policy and Administration
 and the 
Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni Chapter

More Information (Flyer listing theses and presenters)

Distinguished Alumni Awards!

Two MPPA Alumni are among those to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards presented by the University and the Sacramento State Alumni Association. They, along with the other awardees, were honored at a reception April 24.
James Mayer, MPPA 1992 • Keri Thomas, MPPA 2006

What's Possible: Reinventing Government

A forum on transforming culture in the public sector to produce better outcomes. Co-produced by Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni, California Forward, the League of California Cities, and ASPA-Sacramento.

Speakers included Ted Gaebler, City Manager of Rancho Cordova, Patrick Blacklock, Administrator of Yolo County, Brad Kilger, City Manager of Benicia, and John Mercer, author of the federal Government Performance and Results Act signed into law by President Clinton. Moderated by Dr. Mary Kirlin, Professor of Public Policy at the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy and Administration.

What's Possible: Reinventing Government
Professor Kirlin moderating What's Possible.

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