Our Mission

The McCarthy Center prepares students for lives of ethical public service not just in government but in business, the environment, healthcare, and education, whose policies affect the marginalized and poor.

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Our Impact

The McCarthy Center’s 2023 Annual Impact Report is a testament to the incredible journey of our students, faculty, staff, and community partners, and the milestones achieved together.

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Creating the Next Generation of Leaders

The McCarthy Center provides a forum for education, service and research in public policy-making and programs for the common good. It supports undergraduate and graduate academic programs, provides service learning, and government experiences for students and generates publishable research. A curriculum that blends rigorous intellectual training with fieldwork experience prepares students to articulate and promote the common good of all society's members through careers or service in government, non-profits or the private sector.

By the Numbers


hours of community-engaged learning

20 years

of preparing the next generation of ethical, community-engaged leaders


students enrolled in community-engaged learning coursework

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Your gift provides the education and real-world experiences that will inspire and prepare McCarthy Center students to engage in public policy and meaningful change.

Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

2130 Fulton St.
Masonic, Room 106
San Francisco, CA 94117

Monday - Friday:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.