The Student Experience


Jennifer Fieber

Alma Mater: UC Berkeley, Environmental Design
Internship Placement: San Francisco Housing Rights Committee
Research interests: Affordable Housing, Data Analysis and Visualization, Local Policy Debates

"The Master's Program at USF is intimate and personalized. I appreciate the university's overall commitment to public service. The program's focus on urban issues fosters community and citizen engagement, and is providing me the practical analytic and professional skills that makes me feel I can make a difference. The professors are accessible and have deep knowledge of regional and local issues, but also put them in a larger world-wide and historical context."

Erika Myszynski

Alma Mater: University of San Francisco, International Studies
Internship Placement: Swords to Plowshares
Research interests: Military Veteran Reintegration in Urban Areas, Adaptive Urban Design, Vertical Gardening, Ecotourism

"I selected the USF program in Urban Affairs because of my interest in bridging communities with policy, and citizens with politicians. I am intrigued with urban liaisons and hybrid developments happening in the Bay Area. Observing urban collectivism in an imaginative city open to innovation and ingenuity is stimulating. As I maneuver through the Urban Affairs program, I seek intellectual validity as an urbanite and I am in a constant search of atypical visions of San Francisco, which often times become the subjects of my films."

Catherine Paulson

Alma Mater: University of Central Missouri, Anthropology and Sociology
Internship Placement: Community Food and Justice Coalition
Research interests: Sustainability

" I have spent the last three years working in the corporate sector and seeing first-hand what some of the problems with public policy and the inter-workings of America are so I decided to go back to graduate school so I can follow a new career path. Currently my interest are sustainable development and social justice. The Urban Affairs Program allows for my interdisciplinary focus and provides the foundation for policy and history that will allow me to build a future in sustainable development in urban centers."

Alicia Lehmer

Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania, Political Science and Classical Studies
Internship Placement:: Home Base
Research Interests: LGBT History and Gender Relations in Communities

"The Urban Affairs Program at USF encourages students to interact with San Francisco and its unique and dynamic communities, guiding us in merging our academic interests with the urban environment in which we are living. This connection between the academic and the practical, as well as the incredible and highly knowledgeable professors and faculty, is what attracted me to the Urban Affairs program at USF."

Rania R. Ahmed

Alma Mater: Cairo University, Urban Planning
Internship Placement: Community Development Department, City of Albany
Research interests: Urban Redevelopment Policy

"Urban Affairs at USF combines many skills in one program: I’m getting hands-on training in urban practice and policy on many levels."

Theo Ellington

Alma Mater: Notre Dame de Namur University, Political Science
Research interests: Community Development, Housing, Neighborhood Planning

"The program is providing me the tools and knowledge necessary to understand and analyze the issues and dynamics that cities and neighborhoods are confronting throughout the world. I feel more equipped to influence the process in which these entities operate."