For their capstone project, students in our MPP and joint MPP/MBA programs serve as pro bono policy consultants to governmental or nonprofit clients. 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, 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 Community Consulting page.
Author: Matt Lardner, MPP '18
Client: San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development
*Asterisks indicate Outstanding Thesis Award winners and runners-up.
Visit the Master's Policy Report archives to see additional projects.