Public Policy and Administration

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PPA in the Community

  • MPPA student Josef Preciado recently presented a paper based on a class group project at the APPAM International Conference in Segovia, Spain.
  • In August, MPPA alumna Leslie McGorman promoted to Deputy Policy Director at NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington D.C.
  • MPPA alumnus Nick Kosla is now Chair of the Orinda Planning Commission and Director of Planning and Entitlement for Pulte Group in the Bay Area
  • HPPA President Devin Lavelle (MPPA 11) wrote an article for Fox and Hounds on America's recent soccer craze and election turnout.
  • Katie Cardenas (MPPA 13) co-managed her mother Nancy's successful campaign for Lassen County Treasurer/ Tax Collector.

See more at our PPA in the Community page.

@PPASacState

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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Department Happenings

Celebrate PPA's 25th Anniversary! link

Come Celebrate with us! Please join faculty, staff, students and alumni from the Department of Public Policy and Administration for a very special reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the PPA program. Reconnect with classmates, network, and rub elbows with the

KCRA AdWatch

PPA Professors Charles Gossett and Mary Kirlin and Government Professor Kim Nalder weigh in on KCRA's AdWatch.

Proposition 46 AdWatch segment.

Video still from KCRA AdWatch spot Prop 46. Charles Gossett watching Prop 46 video on his computer.

Proposition 45 Ad Watch segment.

Video still from KCRA AdWatch spot Prop 45. Mary Kirlin watching Prop 45 ad on her computer.

Please join the Department, GASPPA, the Hornets Policy and Politics Group, and Associated Students, Inc. as we host a nonpartisan voter information forum on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. The event features five students presentations and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kirlin. FREE PIZZA for the first 100 attendees! Please find a flyer attached and a press release below. Help spread the word by passing this information along to friends and colleagues. Student presenters include: • Mike Sharif ♦ The California Initiative System • Angela Marin ♦ Proposition 1 • Kara Corches ♦ Proposition 46 • Terra Townsend ♦ Proposition 47 • Jennifer Krebs ♦ Other Propositions Overview Panelists include: • Dr. Edward Lascher ♦ Faculty, Department of Public Policy and Administration • James P. Mayer ♦ President and CEO, California Forward • Jennifer S. Pae ♦ Project Manager of Voter Service and Education, League of Women Voters • Kevin Riggs ♦ KCRA-TV Political Analyst and Senior Vice President, Randle Communications I hope you will come out to support our program and become an educated voter! Sincerely, Ginger Hashimoto GASPPA Communications Director ======================================================== VOTER FORUM TO PROVIDE INFO ON STATE BALLOT MEASURES Graduate students in the Public Policy and Administration program at Sacramento State will host a nonpartisan voter information forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the University's Alumni Center. The forum is designed to promote greater understanding of the November ballot propositions. The event is free and open to the public, and free pizza and beverages will be provided to the first 100 attendees. Professor Mary Kirlin, chair of Sacramento State's Department of Public Policy and Administration (PPA), will serve as panel moderator. Kirlin has held several local and state government positions, including serving as chief of staff for the state superintendent of public instruction. PPA graduate students will provide brief summaries of the ballot measures, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will include: * Professor Edward Lascher, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Sacramento State. His specialty is the policy process, legislative politics and the impact of institutional structures on policy outcomes. He previously taught at Harvard University and worked for two California state agencies. * James P. Mayer, president and CEO, California Forward, a bipartisan public interest effort to bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in California. He previously served as the executive director of the Little Hoover Commission and the New California Network. He also worked as a senior writer for The Sacramento Bee. * Jennifer S. Pae, project manager of Voter Service and Education, League of Women Voters. She studied at the University of California, San Diego, where she was the first Asian American woman to serve as student body president. She also has held numerous civic engagement positions, including project director for PowerPAC and chief of staff for 18MillionRising.org. * Kevin Riggs, senior vice president, Randle Communications. He oversees the firm's strategic communications, media relations and business development initiatives. Previously, Riggs worked for Sacramento's NBC affiliate KCRA-TV, serving as an anchor and political reporter. Recognized as one of California's top political journalists, Riggs received many accolades during his 40-year career, including an Emmy. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. Please join the Department, GASPPA, the Hornets Policy and Politics Group, and Associated Students, Inc. as we host a nonpartisan voter information forum on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. The event features five students presentations and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kirlin. FREE PIZZA for the first 100 attendees! Please find a flyer attached and a press release below. Help spread the word by passing this information along to friends and colleagues. Student presenters include: • Mike Sharif ♦ The California Initiative System • Angela Marin ♦ Proposition 1 • Kara Corches ♦ Proposition 46 • Terra Townsend ♦ Proposition 47 • Jennifer Krebs ♦ Other Propositions Overview Panelists include: • Dr. Edward Lascher ♦ Faculty, Department of Public Policy and Administration • James P. Mayer ♦ President and CEO, California Forward • Jennifer S. Pae ♦ Project Manager of Voter Service and Education, League of Women Voters • Kevin Riggs ♦ KCRA-TV Political Analyst and Senior Vice President, Randle Communications I hope you will come out to support our program and become an educated voter! Sincerely, Ginger Hashimoto GASPPA Communications Director ======================================================== VOTER FORUM TO PROVIDE INFO ON STATE BALLOT MEASURES Graduate students in the Public Policy and Administration program at Sacramento State will host a nonpartisan voter information forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the University's Alumni Center. The forum is designed to promote greater understanding of the November ballot propositions. The event is free and open to the public, and free pizza and beverages will be provided to the first 100 attendees. Professor Mary Kirlin, chair of Sacramento State's Department of Public Policy and Administration (PPA), will serve as panel moderator. Kirlin has held several local and state government positions, including serving as chief of staff for the state superintendent of public instruction. PPA graduate students will provide brief summaries of the ballot measures, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will include: * Professor Edward Lascher, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Sacramento State. His specialty is the policy process, legislative politics and the impact of institutional structures on policy outcomes. He previously taught at Harvard University and worked for two California state agencies. * James P. Mayer, president and CEO, California Forward, a bipartisan public interest effort to bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in California. He previously served as the executive director of the Little Hoover Commission and the New California Network. He also worked as a senior writer for The Sacramento Bee. * Jennifer S. Pae, project manager of Voter Service and Education, League of Women Voters. She studied at the University of California, San Diego, where she was the first Asian American woman to serve as student body president. She also has held numerous civic engagement positions, including project director for PowerPAC and chief of staff for 18MillionRising.org. * Kevin Riggs, senior vice president, Randle Communications. He oversees the firm's strategic communications, media relations and business development initiatives. Previously, Riggs worked for Sacramento's NBC affiliate KCRA-TV, serving as an anchor and political reporter. Recognized as one of California's top political journalists, Riggs received many accolades during his 40-year career, including an Emmy. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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