MPA alumna from 2008 in the news

t heltonTracey Helton has earned two degrees from San Francisco State University one being a MPA. Her career is managing public health programs, often including services around substance abuse. She offers free counseling and basic intervention with drug users on the internet. This post on Back Channel is about her work.


Margaret Brodkin’s advocacy project moves to PACE and Public Administration

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 3.15.15 PMAdjunct faculty member Margaret Brodkin has moved her statewide advocacy project, Funding the Next Generation (FNG), to SFSU’s School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement beginning this month. Brodkin—the former executive director of Coleman Advocates for Youth and Children and the founding director of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families—founded FNG to assist counties and cities throughout California to establish dedicated funding streams for child services. The project is funded in part by a grant from the California Endowment, and is now housed in PACE to build upon the relationship that it already had with the Public Administration program. Dr. Sheldon Gen has been serving on the advisory board of FNG since its inception, and he and Drs. Ernita Joaquin and Janey Wang will be integrating their courses on policy process and budgeting into the FNG project beginning this fall. This partnership exemplifies the Public Administration’s program’s commitment to academics grounded in real public services. For more information on Funding the Next Generation, see their website: