Student Research

Master’s Policy Report


For their capstone project, each Mills graduate public policy student serves as a pro bono policy consultant to a governmental or nonprofit client. Guided by faculty advisors, students gain real-world experience assessing policy alternatives, evaluating program effectiveness, designing a new program or service model, and/or planning strategies for organizational improvement.

Each project culminates in a Master’s Policy Report (MPR), a professional paper that enables each student to leverage their toolkit of policy skills to address the needs of their client.

Past clients have encompassed a range of advocacy groups, local chambers of commerce, city commissions, and public health organizations. If you are interested in having a Mills MPP or joint MPP/MBA student research an issue for your San Francisco Bay Area organization, visit our For Potential Clients page.

Recently completed Master’s Policy Reports include:

Addressing "Anti-Indian" Historical Bias in California Public Schools Through Best Practices
Selected as the 2013 Outstanding Thesis Award winner by the Mills Public Policy Program.
Author: Sabine Nicole Talaugon, MPP '13
Client: California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Read the executive summary.

Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in California: Legislative Responses to California's Newest Environmental Crisis
Author: Tami Etziony, MPP '13
Client: Environment California
Read the executive summary.

Beyond 2020: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in California
Author: Mary Lunetta, MPP '13
Client: Climate Policy Initiative
Read the executive summary.

Business Improvement and Community Benefit Districts in Oakland, California: Promotion Development Support
Author: Angela Remington, MPP '13
Client: Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Read the executive summary.

Collectively Creating a Safer Oakland
Author: Ashley Roaseau, MPP '13
Client: Oakland City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf
Read the executive summary.

Community-Based Organizations' Quest to Purchase and Rehabilitate REO Properties: Best Practices and New Opportunities
Author: Isabel Cortes, MPP '13
Client: The Greenlining Institute
Read the executive summary.

Community Leadership Curriculum (INVST CLP) Expansion Plan
Author: Audra Caravas, MPP '13
Client: The International and National Voluntary Service Training Community Leadership Program
Read the executive summary.

De Colores Early Head Start Program Community Assessment
Author: Jacqueline Narvaez Pantoja, MPP '13
Client: Unity Council’s De Colores Early Head Start Program 
Read the executive summary.

Disaster Preparedness in Alameda County: A Disaster Justice and Disaster Resiliency Analysis
Author: Caro Jauregui, MPP '13
Client: Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster
Read the executive summary.

Effective Strategies to Increase Girls' Success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Author: Nicole Sowers, MPP '13
Client: San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
Read the executive summary.

Enhancing Agricultural Land Use in San Mateo County
Author: Lizeth Chavez-Izazaga, MPP '13
Client: San Mateo County District Three
Read the executive summary.

A Formative Program Evaluation of California Managed Care Prevention Services
Author: Rachel Trusty, MPP '13
Client: California Department of Health Care Services
Read the executive summary.

Human Trafficking Policy in Berkeley, California
Author: Amanda Jordan Christenson, MPP '13
Client: Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women, City of Berkeley
Read the executive summary.

Increasing Accountability and Improving Outcomes in Oakland Business Improvement Districts
Author: Monique Salas, MPP '13
Client: Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Read the executive summary.

Organizational Improvements to Increase Nonprofit Outreach
Author: Michaela Kretzner, MPP '13
Client: ACCESS Women's Health Justice
Read the executive summary.

Pilot Evaluation of Oakland's Homicide Response Program
Author: Aisha Canfield, MPP '13
Client: Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-Violence
Read the executive summary.

Priority Based Budgeting: A Model for the City of Oakland's Long Term Fiscal Sustainability
Author: Natasha Middleton, MPP '13
Client: Budget Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland
Read the executive summary.

Social Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes: Designing an Evaluation of the Highland Health Advocates Project 
Author: Monica Ayers, MPP '13
Client: Highland Hospital (Department of Emergency Medicine), Alameda County Health System
Read the executive summary.

Streamlining the Policies and Procedures Documentation of Oakland's Housing Rehabilitation Programs
Author: Mariah Olivera, MPP '13
Client: Residential Lending Services for the City of Oakland
Read the executive summary.

Sustainable Transportation Practices in a Changing Environment: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Mills College
Author: Jillian Harris, MPP '13
Client: Mills College Sustainability Committee
Read the executive summary.

Complete Master’s Policy Reports are available upon request. The opinions expressed in the reports are those of the authors and should not be construed as the opinions of the Mills College Public Policy Program or client organizations.

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Last Updated: 12/2/13