Public Policy

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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:

A Pathway to Shared Outcomes Solidifying the Internal Groundwork for Monitoring Contracts
Author: Christina Armenta, MPP '17
Client: Marin County Health and Human Services Department
Read the executive summary.

The Bay Area Jobs-Housing Balance: Intersections and Impacts; A Recommendation to Greenbelt Alliance's Development Endorsement Program
Author: Melanie Burgarino, MPP '17
Client: Greenbelt Alliance
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Plate-to-Prison Pipeline? How Food Stamps Regulations Fail to Protect Against the Criminalization of Hunger in California
Author: Evelyn Carmack, MPP '17
Client: City of Berkeley
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Going to School with Big Brother: Impact and Impications of Surveillance in California Public Schools
Author: Alysa Cisneros, MPP '17
Client: American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
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Assessing Determinants of Perpetrators: Curriculum Based Intervention Strategies Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Oakland, California *
Author: Dani Finck, MPP '17
Client: Office of Councilmember Lynette McElhaney
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Transforming Barriers into Opportunities for Food Justice Organizations of Color in Oakland
Author: Jennie Goldfarb, MPP '17
Client: Oakland Food Policy Council
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Expanding the Affordable Housing Toolkit: Chapter 8 Tax Sales
Author: Zoe Harris, MPP '17
Client: Hello Housing
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Working to Close the Gap: How Work Stress and Fatigue Affect Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops by Oakland Police
Author: Meghan Hunt, MPP '17
Client: Oakland Police Department Office of Inspector General
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Stabilizing Neighborhoods and Communities by Preserving Affordable Housing for the Long Term: A Strategic Implementation Analysis of the Oakland Property Acquisition Collaborative
Author: Laurie McWhorter, MPP '17
Client: East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)
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Closing the Grocery Gap: A Technology-Driven Solution to Bringing Fresh Foods to Underserved Neighborhoods
Author: Leah Mowery, MPP/MBA '17
Client: ChangeLab Solutions
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Improving Social Mobility for Underserved Students: The Benefits of Social Emotional Learning and an "Internship Success" program for College Track
Author: Itzel C. Perez, MPP '17
Client: College Track
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Financial $uccess 4 Seniors: A Program for Members of Episcopal Senior Communities to Manage Their Finances
Author: Stephanie Shaffer, MPP/MBA '17
Client: Episcopal Senior Communities
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Reasonable Suspicion: Honing Officer Discretion to Improve Community Relations and Reduce the Opportunity for Bias
Author: Rebecca Wegley, MPP '17
Client: Oakland Police Department Office of Inspector General
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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, Mark Henderson (510.430.3169,