New MPA Leadership

As of July 1, Dr. Sheldon Gen will be taking over as unit head (now Program Director) of the Public Administration Program.  (Note: Since we are now part of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, we are no longer officially a department and our head is no longer a chair.)

As I have been Program Director, then Department Chair, and now Program Director again for 15 years (5 complete terms), we have been planning for this succession transition for some time, to take place after Dr. Gen received tenure and promotion.  That time has now arrived.   I have immensely enjoyed serving as unit head during this period but of course it is always a good thing to have new leaders and new leadership.  I know Sheldon will do an excellent job and I am looking forward to working with him in this new capacity.

I will, of course, still be in Public Administration teaching and doing research and am looking forward to being able to spend more time doing both of those activities.   Thank you for your support—our students and alums are what has always made this job so special!  Along with our outstanding faculty, you are just a great group of people and I have loved working with each and every one of you.


MPA Alums in the Public Eye

Two alums are running for office during this campaign season, good luck to you both:

  • Quintin Mecke (MPA 2006) is running for San Francisco Supervisor, District 5 (see statement about stepping down as Assembly Member Tom Ammiano’s Communication Director to run for the office).
  • Shamann Walton (MPA, 2010) is running for San Francisco School Board Member (see his campaign website)


Jarrod Flores (MPA, 2012), Campaign Finance Officer for the City / County of San Francisco Ethics Commission has been working to get amendments made to AB 2452, Political Reform Act of 1974.  These amendments would require that candidates, lobbyists and others involved in the political process file their campaign filings and reports online and mandates that filings and public viewings be free of charge.  Jarrod was able to get Assembly Member Tom Ammiano to sponsor the amendments and has been going back and forth to Sacramento for meetings on the bill.


Emily Drennen and baby at White House Reception

Emily Drennen and baby at White House Reception

Emily Drennen (MPA, 2004) was part of a group of 8 bisexual activists honored at a LGBTQ Pride Month reception in the East Wing of the White House in mid-June.   In this somewhat blurred photo, you can see Emily holding her new foster-adopt child while President Obama is waving to her.  In her other life, Emily is a transit, biking and walking activist.