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MPA Guest Speakers: An Unparalleled Line-Up

The MPA faculty are dedicated to ensuring you have access to top-notch leaders in your field. Learn firsthand from leading practitioners and scholars in public administration.

Expert guest speakers from the nonprofit sector and across the local, regional, county, state, and federal levels of government will be in your classroom on a regular basis. Below is just a sample of the speakers students in the MPA have learned from.

Healthcare & Health Services

Herb Schultz, Director, U.S. Health and Human Services, Region IX Health.
Britta Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer, Native American Health Center

Local Government

Frank Jordan, Former SF Mayor
Greg Suhr, Police Chief, SFPD
Susan Giffin Merritt, Director of Technology, SFPD
Alice VillaGomez, Director of Human Resources, SFPD
Public Defender Jeff Adachi
Supervisor Mark Farrell
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
Supervisor Norman Yee
Marcus Clarke, Economic Development Manager, City of San Mateo

Regional Government

Juan Cerda, Golden Gate Bridge Transportation Agency, USF MPA '12

County Government

London Breed, President of the Board of Supervisors, County of San Francisco (MPA Alumnus)
Jesus Nava, Assistant General Manager, Santa Clara Water District

State Government

Jodi Traversaro, Formerly of California State Human Resources Department
Harry Low, Retired Court of Appeals Justice/State Insurance Commissioner
Rod Hickman, former Agency Secretary, California Corrections and Rehabilitation Agency

Non-Governmental Organizations & Nonprofits

Gloria Duffy, the President and CEO of the Commonwealth Club
John DeMiranda, CEO, Stepping Stone, Member of our Advisory Council
Andy Imada, Ph.D, Past President, International Ergonomics Association
Roy Blitzer, Management Coach, OD consultant
Paul Cello, OD consultant