Commencement 2014

San Francisco State had its first graduate student-only Commencement this week– and MPA students were well represented.  Congratulations to all 2013-2014 MPA graduates!

MPA students @ 2014 Commencement

MPA students @ 2014 Commencement

Here, Tijen Sahin, Sandy Wong, Karina Zhang, Michael Rojas and Rolando Jorquera wait in line to be hooded by the Dean.

MPA Students @ 2014 Commencement

MPA Students @ 2014 Commencement

Harben Porter (to far left), Amanda Rosenblum, Jennie Tucker, Khatera Ahrary and Tijen Sahin (mostly hidden behind cap) also wait in line.

Suzanne El Gamal and Britney Gabel

Suzanne El Gamal and Britney Gabel

These two MPA students, Suzanne El Gamal and Britney Gabel, were selected by the Program and College as Distinguished Students and sat on the front platform to be hooded by Graduate Dean Ann Hallum.

More pictures, including those from our own ceremony, later!


Young Community Developers, Inc. named one of The NonProfit Times 2014 Best Nonprofits To Work For in the United States

ImageShamann Walton (MPA 2010 & current advisory board member) Young Community Developers, his organization, was named by the Nonprofit Times, a leading national nonprofit trade magazine, as the 10th best nonprofit in the country to work for!

From Business Wire:

Young Community Developers, Inc. (YCD) announced today it has been named as one of The NonProfit Times (NPT) 2014 Best Nonprofits To Work For in the United States. YCD was ranked #10 nationally on the overall list of 50 best nonprofits and ranked #4 specifically within the small organizations category (15 – 49 employees). Best Companies Group, an independent workplace research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work, managed the assessment process on behalf of NPT. Rankings are an aggregate appraisal of several areas of evaluation including communication policies and practices, compensation and benefits, employee development and growth, and overall corporate culture.

“By hiring exceptional team members, providing excellent compensation and, most importantly, continually investing in their professional development, YCD has created a truly innovative organizational culture, the beneficiaries of which are the clients we serve.”

“There is a direct correlation between the organization’s employee talent and satisfaction and the quality and success of services offered,” said Shamann Walton, Executive Director of YCD. “By hiring exceptional team members, providing excellent compensation and, most importantly, continually investing in their professional development, YCD has created a truly innovative organizational culture, the beneficiaries of which are the clients we serve.”

YCD has experienced tremendous growth over the past three years, growing from 9 to 25 team members. YCD’s highly skilled, well-educated professional staff is dedicated to strengthening the community they serve and provides a full suite of job training, placement and other employment services to more than 1,000 people each year. Through continued investment in their team (including committing to a minimum of three training/development opportunities annually per team member), YCD has successfully created a professional and team atmosphere, enriched their programs and services, and ultimately provides each client they serve with a climate that demonstrates caring and dedication.

About Young Community Developers, Inc.

Young Community Developers, Inc. (YCD) provides a variety of employment training and support services to people residing in San Francisco and surrounding areas. YCD is committed to the preparation, placement, and preservation of Bay Area residents, resulting in each responsibly contributing to their personal and professional development, the development of their families, and to the economic development of their neighborhoods. More information is available at\ycddevelop, or follow YCD on Twitter @ycdjobs or Instagram @ycdjobssf



Professor Janey Wang Wins Grant to Conduct Research on Development in China

Image Congratulations to Dr. Janey Wang who was recently awarded a $29,000 research grant from the prestigious Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. With principal investigator Dr. John Mikesell of Indiana University, Dr. Wang will analyze the relationship between infrastructure development and economic growth in China. With the grant she travels to China this summer to collect data. This grant is the latest in a string of external research grants that Dr. Wang has brought to the Public Administration program. In 2012 she and Dr. Jennifer Shea won a $25,000 grant from the University of Indiana’s Center on Philanthropy, to study revenue diversification of nonprofit housing organizations. And in 2011 she and Dr. Al Hyde won a $48,000 grant from the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission to analyze debt financing at the state, county, and local levels in California.

Professor Jennifer Shea Wins Award for Service Learning

ImageDr. Jennifer Shea was recently selected to receive the university’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Community Service Learning.  The annual award recognizes one faculty member who has significantly integrated service learning into coursework, providing students with hands-on experiences in public service.  Dr. Shea developed and implemented the first community service learning course in the MPA program, and one of the first and few CSL courses in all graduate programs in the university.  Her Organizational Learning and Nonprofit Management course, PA 746, matches MPA students with local nonprofits in consultant-client projects that are implemented over the semester.   The course will next be offered in fall 2015.


Building Affordable Housing in San Francisco: One Project at a Time


Bernal Gateway Apartments at Mission and Cesar Chavez Streets

Amy Beinart (MPA, 2001) gave a guest lecture at Professor Ayse Pamuk’s Urban Housing Policy class (PA 783) – a newly created graduate course for PA students specializing in Urban Administration. Amy is the Housing Director at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. Following the Thursday evening lecture (April 24, 2014) Amy led a Friday morning tour of Bernal Gateway Apartments with her colleague Sumi Imamoto, Director of Asset Management at BHNC. Bernal Gateway Apartments is a 55 unit affordable housing development completed in 2001 at the corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez Streets in San Francisco. The project layers multiple, deep subsidies to allow BHNC to serve families with extremely low incomes. The project includes replacement housing for households displaced as a result of HOPE VI redevelopment of Bernal Dwellings, public housing development in the neighborhood. There are on-site supportive services to help residents maintain their housing and stabilize their lives as well as on-site employment training and childcare.


Amy Beinart speaks to SFSU undergraduate and graduate Housing Policy students




Amy Beinart and Sumi Imamoto giving students a tour of the property.