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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:

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
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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
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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
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Enhancing Agricultural Land Use in San Mateo County
Author: Lizeth Chavez-Izazaga, MPP '13
Client: San Mateo County District Three
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A Formative Program Evaluation of California Managed Care Prevention Services
Author: Rachel Trusty, MPP '13
Client: California Department of Health Care Services
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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
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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
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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 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.

Program Contacts

To find out more about how Mills MPP students can help your organization, please contact MPP Program Director Lori Bamberger (510.430.3375, or the MPR seminar instructors, Mark Henderson (510.430.3169, and Betsy Baum Block (