Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration at the USF School of Management is directly linked to the region's public leadership through the invaluable perspective of prominent municipal managers and executives of community agencies who server on our advisory board.

MPA Advisory Board

Full-Time Faculty

William Riggs

Program Director, Full-Time Faculty
(415) 422-2092

William (Billy) Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP is a global expert and thought leader in the areas of autonomy and smart transportation, housing, economics and urban development. He has over 100 publications in these areas and has had his work featured in multiple national media outlets — including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic.  He is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management, director of strategy and research at Sustinere...


Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2011, Master of Urban Planning, Economics and Spatial Analysis, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2003, Bachelor of Arts, History, Ball State University, 2001

Richard Callahan

Professor; Director, Health Services Administration Concentration, Master of Public Administration; Co-Director of the Health Policy Leadership Concentration, Sacramento
(916) 803-7022

Dr. Callahan is a Professor at the University of San Francisco, with a joint appointment from the USF School of Management and the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions. Callahan is Co-Director of the USF Master of Public Health Program in Sacramento and the Director of the Health Services Administration concentration in the Master of Public Administration in the School of Management. His health and human services consulting contracts have been in the states of California, Washington,...


Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA), University of Southern California, LA, CA. Dissertation: The Politics of Structural Choice: Cooperation in Political Environments, Master of Public Administration (MPA), USC, Los Angeles, California., Tenri University, Nara Prefecture, Japan., Bachelor of Arts (BA), Honors in Government, Georgetown University, Wash., D.C.


Leadership Practices, Strategic Planning

Ken Goldstein

(415) 422-5662

Ken Goldstein is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and Faculty Director of the USF in DC program. Before joining the University of San Francisco, Goldstein was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he won the University of Wisconsin's Kellet Award for his career research accomplishments and the Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching. Goldstein is one of the country's premier experts on the use and impact of political advertising. He has...


PhD, American Politics and Research Methodology, University of Michigan


Use and Impact of political advertising

Richard Greggory Johnson III

Department Chair | Program Director, Business Minor | Professor
(415) 422-5823

Richard Greggory Johnson III is a tenured Full Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, School of Management, University of San Francisco. He is also Director of the Business Minor in the School of Management as well. Professor Johnson’s research centers on social equity within the fields of public policy, management, higher education and Human Resources Management.  He has been teaching in higher education for almost twenty years and is widely...


Doctorate in Public Policy & Administration, Golden Gate University, Edward S. Ageno School of Business, M.A, Social and Public Policy, Georgetown University, MS, Public Services Management, DePaul University, School of Public Services

Richard Waters

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2478

Richard D. Waters is an associate professor in the School of Management, where he teaches strategic communication and communication management courses. His primary research interests are fundraising, stakeholder loyalty and relationship cultivation, and the use of new technologies in organizational communication efforts. He serves on the editorial review boards at Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Sector Management, Journal of...


PhD, Mass Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007, MS, Public Relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2000, ABJ, Public Relations (Minor in Political Science), University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1998


Public relations and strategic communication

Part-Time Faculty

Jean Driscoll

Adjunct Professor
(510) 418-1974

Jean Driscoll has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts. She has taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, and finance for more than a decade. At USF, Professor Driscoll has taught in the School of Management's undergraduate business program and is teaching in the Master of Public Administration program. Prior to founding a charter elementary school in 2010, Professor Driscoll worked as a finance and strategy adviser for more than two decades,...


Columbia University, MBA, 1982, University of Massachusetts, BA in Economics, 1977


Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Finance

Marci Harris

Adjunct Professor

As co-founder and CEO of POPVOX, Inc and the Executive Director of the POPVOX Foundation, Marci is passionate about the responsible use of technology to benefit humanity. She developed the concept for POPVOX while working as a Congressional staffer on the team drafting the Affordable Care Act. She serves on the boards of LaunchTN and was a fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democracy (2016), New America California (2017), and an affiliated scholar with the CITRIS Policy Lab...


American University Washington College of Law, LL.M. in Law and Government, 2007, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 2006, Franklin University Switzerland, BA in International Relations, 1997


Congress, Civic Engagement, Participatory democracy, Civic and Government Technology

David Kersten

Adjunct Professor

David Kersten is an expert in public policy research and analysis, particularly budget, tax, labor, and fiscal issues. He currently serves as the president of the Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy – a moderate non-partisan policy think tank and public policy consulting organization. The institute specializes in providing knowledge, evidence, and training to public agencies, elected officials, policy advocates, organization, and citizens who desire to enact public policy change...


Master of Public Policy, Georgetown University, BA, Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Timothy Loney

Adjunct Professor

Timothy Loney brings to USF over 35 years of service as an educator in the field of organizational change management. Dr. Loney helps his students approach various kinds of organizational transformation, encouraging them to rigorously investigate not only internal behaviors and processes, but also their external effects on individuals, communities and the environment. Dr. Loney teaches a range of subjects that include systems theory and application, economics and finance, business and public...


DPA, Public Management, University of Southern California, 1983, MPA, Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1981, MSA, Administration, George Washington University, 1971 , BS, Education, Southern Connecticut State University

Tony Manzanetti

Adjunct Professor
(916) 662-4225

Professor Manzanetti is a lawyer currently providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. He is the former director of legal services for the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center, a nonprofit providing comprehensive social and legal services to survivors of domestic abuse. Retired from California’s Department of Managed Health Care, where he was the chief counsel for the Office of Enforcement and senior counsel in the department’s Help...


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D. 1984, University of Northern Colorado, BA, Philosophy, 1977

Vipul Vyas

Adjunct Professor

Vipul has been a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for the past 20 years.  During that time, he has led multiple departments including business development, sales, and products. His teams have engaged clients on strategy, change management, operations, and metric achievement using technology and business process improvement.  He values developing close relationships with clients in order to drive real and lasting change. Vipul has been responsible for creating over $4B+ in trackable benefit...


University of Virginia (UVa), BS in Commerce, 1994, Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, MBA, 1999


Entrepreneurship, Artificial intelligence and machine learning, Natural language processing, Startups, Healthcare

Peter Wright

Adjunct Professor
(805) 452-1075

Peter Wright has served as adjunct professor at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and the School of Management since 2013. His academic work and interests center on civic engagement and bureaucratic responsiveness, as well as education policy and politics. He is currently conducting research on the policy impact of interest groups through local school board politics. Outside of academia, Dr. Wright has served in leadership positions for both non-profit...


University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD in political science, 2017, University of Southern California, MPA, 2010, Occidental College, BA in politics, 2005

Emeriti Faculty

Larry Brewster

Adjunct Faculty / Professor Emeritus
(415) 422-2063

Professor Larry Brewster is an educator, author, and professional consultant with areas of specialization that include public policy, organizational systems and development, social psychology, management theories and practice. Dr. Brewster is the co-author of A Primer of California Politics and The Public Agenda: Issues in American Politics. With unparalleled commitment to his students and fellow faculty, Dr. Brewster has served in high-tier administrative appointments as Dean, Associate Dean,...


PhD, University of Southern California, 1975, MPA, Coursework completed, University of Southern California, 1976, MA, California State University at Fullerton, 1969, AB, California State University at Fullerton, 1968


Public Policy, Organizational Systems and Development, Social Psychology, Management Theories and Practice

Catherine Horiuchi

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2132

Catherine Horiuchi, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Public Administration program, employs her extensive multi-disciplinary expertise in organizational theory, public administration and analysis, quantitative methods, statistics, and emerging technologies—with the continuing aim of serving her students in her role as educator. Dr. Horiuchi is the former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Management, where she led the recruitment, development, and...


DPA, Public Administration, University of Southern California, 2001, Graduate Studies in Linguistics and Computer Science, University of California, San Diego, 1982–84 , MA, Linguistics, University of Utah 1978, BA, Latin (magna cum laude), University of Utah, 1975


Organizational theory, Public administration and analysis, Quantitative methods, Statistics, Emerging technologies

Contact Info

Admission: Graduate

Monday–Friday 9 a.m–5 p.m.

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221