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Public Administration Faculty

Program Director: Richard Callahan


PK Agarwal

Adjunct Professor

P.K. Agarwal until recently, was the CEO of TiE Global, a multinational non-profit dedicated to the growth of technology and entrepreneurship across the globe. TiE is world’s largest network of technology entrepreneurs with 13,000 members in 61 cities in 18 countries.  In this role, PK managed the network and its growth, and advised the highest levels of policy makers, including heads of State, on the issues of technology, job creation and economic growth.

Tel: (415) 422-2063

Larry Brewster


Larry Brewster embodies the University’s mission for social justice. A passionate educator, author and professional consultant, Dr. Brewster teaches the importance of ethically sound business practices and guides future professional leaders to understand the significance of social responsibility.

Tel: (415) 422-4557

Richard Callahan

Department Chair / Associate Professor

Richard Callahan is a highly active international educator with a broad range of expertise in areas ranging from public management to governance issues. His lifelong dedication to social justice from a global perspective exemplifies his commitment to the University’s vision to change the world from here. Professor Callahan is the Director of the Public Administration Program.

Tel: (415) 422-2869

Kimberly Rae Connor

Program Director / Associate Professor

Kimberly Rae Connor is a greatly admired author and teacher of social and leadership ethics, religion, and literature. Her teaching focuses on African American religious life and cultural production, emphasizing the importance of social justice and mindfulness to diverse perspectives.

Tel: 415-422-5662

Ken Goldstein


Ken Goldstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Goldstein is one of the country's premier experts on the use and impact of political advertising. He served as president of Kantar Media CMAG - a non-partisan Washington DC based political consulting firm that provides media intelligence and is the source of record on political advertising for campaigns, trade associations, and the news media. Goldstein has also consulted for the ABC News elections unit as a member of their election night decision team. Goldstein's reputation for unbiased and non-partisan analysis has made him a favorite source for politicians and the news media alike.

Tel: (415) 422-6728

Ron Harris

Associate Professor

Ron Harris has evaluated the effectiveness of state programs that aim to serve at-risk teens and older adults. Dr. Harris’ findings have been instrumental in evolving the application of governmental assistance to the aging population; allowing seniors to age with greater dignity. His expertise in public service experience, health policy, and management provides the necessary knowledge for students to better assess efficient government policies and programs.


Donna Hom

Adjunct Professor

Donna Hom has been serving in the public sector for over twenty-four years.  She has over 30 years of experience in all phases of private, non-profit, and governmental financial planning and control including budgeting, forecasting, auditing and accounting functions and personnel management.

Tel: (415) 422-2132

Catherine Horiuchi

Associate Professor

Catherine Horiuchi previously worked for a subsidiary of AC Nielsen crunching cereal sales figures for General Mills and was a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Sultanate of Oman. Dr. Horiuchi employs her extensive multi-disciplinary expertise in organizational theory, public administration and analysis with continuing aim of serving her students and faculty in her dual roles as educator and academic administrative executive.

Tel: (415) 422-4395

Monika Hudson

Assistant Professor

Monika Hudson provides undergraduates with service learning opportunities and has actively brought on board more than 100 Bay Area organizations to participate. Dr. Hudson blends professional experience in the public sector with deep community involvement through teaching and research. She directs the USF’s Gellert Family Business Center to provide strategic and practical business knowledge to promote successful next generation leadership.


David Kersten

Adjunct Professor


Timothy Loney

Adjunct Professor

Timothy Loney’s research, articles and presentations emphasize cooperation and strategic process change. Dr. Loney prepares his students to approach various kinds of organizational transformation by encouraging them to investigate internal behaviors and processes as well as their external effects on individuals, communities and the environment.


Tony Manzanetti

Adjunct Professor

Tel: (415) 422-6964

Stephen Morris

Term Associate Professor

Stephen Morris explores how various technologies can help students better understand ideas, improve their critical thinking and analytic skills, and approach business problems/decision-making from a more informed perspective. Professor Morris believes students are more likely to act on their newfound knowledge in more meaningful and humanistic ways by integrating effective learning technologies into the communities that would benefit the most.


Katherine Naff

Adjunct Professor

Currently Professor Emerita with San Francisco State University, Katherine Naff has taught a variety of courses including Democracy and Public Administration, Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Program Evaluation, Public Administration and the Law and Theories and Methods of Public Administration.

Tel: (415) 422-2884

Anthony Ribera

Director / Term Assistant Professor

Anthony Ribera is the director of the International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership at the University that sponsors an annual groundbreaking form for progressive law enforcement training and leadership. Dr. Ribera draws from his own work in proactive police administration by seeking to help awaken leadership and motivation driving forces within students so they may examine real world scenarios with the aim of developing real world management skills.

Tel: (415) 422-2086

James Shaw


Professor Shaw focuses on cutting-edge research in the fields of labor economics and the economics of competitive advantage.  He is presently conducting research tying these dynamics to the prospective demand for managerial talent in the private, public and non-profit sectors.



JoAnne Speers

Adjunct Professor

JoAnne teaches Legal Issues Affecting Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to courses in USF’s Public Administration program. She brings over 25 years of nonprofit and public administration experience to her teaching, having served as general counsel to the League of California Cities and chief executive of the Institute for Local Government. In addition to the nonprofit sector, she has worked for the California Legislature and the federal courts. Over the course of her career, JoAnne has written extensively on legal, ethics and management topics.


Lynn M. Thull

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Lynn Thull provides organizational development supports and services to nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout California, and she consults on statewide mental health policy issues. Dr. Thull’s professional passion centers on advocating for and working with unserved and underserved communities, primarily Asian Pacific Islanders and geographically isolated populations. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Tel: (415) 422-2478

Richard D Waters

Associate Professor

Richard Waters’s research explores such varied topics as LGBT issues in strategic communication, relationship management theory with emphasis on the nonprofit-donor relationship, the ethics of fundraising, and effective use of social media in the classroom. He has authored multiple books and his articles have been published in a number of esteemed professional journals including the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.


Peter Wright

Adjunct Professor

Peter is a Policy and Programs Officer for the California School Boards Association where he supports the state’s nearly 1,000 school boards in identifying and implementing strategies that improve educational outcomes for all children.  Prior to joining CSBA he worked in the California Governor’s Office, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and taught elementary school in rural North Carolina.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, and is finishing a PhD in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.