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Under faculty supervision, each Mills MPP student produces a Master's Policy Report (MPR), a professional paper that meets both the school's academic standards and the needs of a practitioner who acts as a client for the project. MPR projects completed in previous years include:

  • Nadine Dixon, MPP '11.  Fost-Adopt Parents Needs Assessment. Client: Family Builders. Executive Summary.
  • Lori Droste, MPP '11. Women in the Transportation Professional Services Industry. Client: Bay Area Chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar. Executive Summary.
  • Paula Gruendling, MPP '11. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Smart Charging and Demand Response Programs.  Client: Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission. Executive Summary.
  • Carla Hansen, MPP '11.  Initial Steps to a Specific Plan for the Laurel District. Client:  Laurel District Association. Executive Summary.
  • Adrianna Hutchinson, MPP '11, Building Bridges:  Effective Program Services to Support Former Foster Youth in Community College. Client: Beyond Emancipation. Executive Summary.
  • Hikari Iwabuchi, MPP '11. Providing Comprehensive Accessibility Information for Public Transportation.  Client: Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Executive Summary.
  • Mejin Leechor, MPP '11. "There's Just One World": A Case Study of Intercultural Bridging in West Oakland.  Client: Seminary of the Street. Executive Summary.
  • Anita Lopez, MPP '11. A Guide for Evaluating Restorative Justice in San Francisco Unified School District. Client: SFUSD Board of Education. Executive Summary.
  • Cheryl Newman, MPP '11. An Interim Evaluation of the FOCUS Program. Client:  Association of Bay Area Governments.  Executive Summary.
  • Erin Oglesby, MPP '11. Pre-Treatment Needs and Barriers of Native Americans Seeking Substance Abuse Recovery Programs. Client: Native American Health Center. Executive Summary.
  • Sonya Rifkin, MPP '11.  Comparative Practices and Stakeholder Feedback for Mobile Food Vending Policies in Oakland. Client:  City of Oakland Planning Department.  Executive Summary. *
  • Alycia Shada, MPP '11. Electronic Portfolio Implementation in the Metro Academies Program at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco. Client: Community Health Works. Executive Summary.
  • Sahar Shirazi, MPP '11. SMART Trains, Smart Planning: Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled for Residents of San Rafael through Land Use Policies. Client: City of San Rafael. Executive Summary.
  • Mary Thomas, MPP '11. Measuring Equity in a City's Budget:  A Preliminary Analysis of Five Proposals to Reduce the Budget Deficit in Oakland. Client: East Bay Asian Youth Center. Executive Summary.

Complete reports are available upon request. The opinions expressed in the reports are those of the authors and not necessarily endorsed by the Mills Public Policy Program or the client organizations. Asterisk (*) denotes Outstanding Thesis Award winners.

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