William D. Leach, Ph.D.

William Leach

Department of Public Policy and Administration
Sacramento State

Office: 3033 Tahoe Hall
Office Phone: (916) 278-5591
Email: wdleach@csus.edu

Background Information

Bill Leach is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, and serves as the Research Director for the Center for Collaborative Policy at California State University, Sacramento. His research focuses on how government agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public can use collaborative strategies to improve democratic practice and policy outcomes.

His publications appear in the leading journals in public policy and political science. He received his PhD in environmental policy from the UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology, and has degrees in natural resource management from UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

  • Collaborative and community-based approaches to policy development and implementation
  • Public participation in the development of school wellness plans
  • Environmental education and environmental policy
  • Childhood obesity and nutrition
  • School garden programs


  • Leach, William D. 2008. "Shared Governance in Higher Education: Structural and Cultural Responses to a Changing National Climate" (Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento).

  • Leach, William D. 2008. “Evaluation of a Media Campaign to Promote Disaster Awareness and Preparedness in Greater Los Angeles.” Consulting report prepared for CaliforniaVolunteers, Office of the Governor, August 2008.

  • Lubell, Mark , William D. Leach, and Paul A. Sabatier. 2009. “Collaborative Watershed Partnerships in the Epoch of Sustainability” In Toward Sustainable Communities: Transitions and Transformations in Environmental Policy, 2nd Edition. Edited by Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft (Cambridge: MIT Press).

  • Leach, William D. and Paul A. Sabatier. 2005. “To trust an Adversary: Integrating Rational and Psychological Models of Collaborative Policymaking.” American Political Science Review 99(4): 491-503.