Study Abroad Opportunity for MPA Students Summer 2015

arhusSF State’s Public Administration Program is pleased to announce a study abroad opportunity for MPA students this summer.  San Francisco State University has a partnership with the University of Aarhus, in Denmark, and our faculty have pre-approved for transfer their course on Public-Private Partnerships.  The intensive graduate course is in English, and runs from July 20th through August 7th.  The course would count toward elective units for your MPA degree.  See the attached flyer for more information.  The deadline for applications is March 1.

San Francisco State has a long and distinguished record for its study abroad programs, and we are thrilled that our MPA program can begin to take part in it.  We will be seeking more study abroad opportunities for future years.

Trust and 21st Century Public Management

managementIn Public Administration we run into the topic of trust a lot. In a book chapter titled “Trust and 21st Century Public Management,” in the new edited volume Governance and Public Management: Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times (New York: Routledge, 2014), Professor Ernita Joaquin invited reflections from the perspectives of the two parties – public managers and citizens – that are locked in the grip of declining trust. What diminishes and what breeds trust? Bureaucratic missteps (or the perception of such) often create disillusions with the public, yet trust is essential to make learning in agencies occur. Ideological leanings and economic downturns also could easily tip the balance between a supportive and a hostile public. Using lessons from the implementation of the last few decades’ federal management reforms, Dr. Joaquin prescribes inward and outward strategies to help managers and citizens foster trust that is necessary to surmount the challenges of public management today.

Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government

San Francisco City Hall from east end of Civic Center PlazaPlease join the Public Administration Program and the School of Public Affairs at San Francisco State University at this exciting forum.  See information below.

Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government
Saturday, March 7 from 11:00 – 1:00 at the SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street – room 677
Public is welcome.  The event is free.

Hear from seasoned change-makers who have had the unique opportunity to fight for social policy reforms from both the inside and the outside of public systems.  They will discuss what types of changes are best achieved from which vantage point – legislatures, advocacy organizations, government administrations, philanthropic organizations, and grassroots organized constituencies.

Program Moderator:
Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation
Former Assistant City Administrator for the City of Oakland
Former Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and the Mayor’s Office of Community Development
Director, Making Connections Initiative, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Visionary Leader Working to Ensure Shared Prosperity, Innovation and Equity

Margaret Brodkin, Principal of Margaret Brodkin and Associates, Founder and Director of Funding the Next Generation
Former Director of the SF Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, Former Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Ted Lempert, President of Children Now and Trustee of the San Mateo County Board of Education
Former member of the California State Assembly, Former CEO of Ed Voice

Aaron Peskin, Community Activist
Former member of, and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Former President of the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee

Neva Walker, Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
Former member of the Minnesota State Legislature, Former organizer in numerous settings, including Center for Third World Organizing