Annual Report 2018

Today more than ever, the world needs future leaders who think critically and respond compassionately. Support the next generation!

The Leo T. McCarthy Center provides the education and real world experience that University of San Francisco students need to engage in principled public policy and purposeful change. Join us in preparing the next generation of ethical leaders and the programs that serve them!

  • 1 Mission for the Common Good
  • 1,971 Service-Learners
  • 4,200 Graduate Intern-Hours
  • 17 Scholarship Hours
  • 14 Co-Sponsored
  • 57 Faculty Professional Development Hours
  • 1,429 Students Registered to Vote
  • 17 New Students In Public Service & Community Engagement Minor
  • 2,065 Social Media Followers

2017-18 Financials


  • 7% Grants, Gifts, and Contributions
  • 12% Endowment
  • 17% Annual Fundraiser
  • 44% Graduate Tuition
  • 20% Undergraduate Programs


  • 17% Undergraduate Programs
  • 11% Engage San Francisco
  • 50% Center Operations
  • 22% Graduate Program

2017-18 McCarthy Center Highlights

Undergraduate engagement

USF Votes

The McCarthy Center and the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement have partnered with the Andrew Goodman Foundation to reach a goal of 100% voter participation on campus. In the first six months our initiative registered 1,000 new voters and in February, USF joined the top 10 colleges and universities in the country running student voter drives via TurboVote. By the end of the academic year, USF registered 1,429 students!

Public Service and Community Engagement (PSCE)

We enrolled 17 new students in the PSCE Minor and had seven faculty Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching Fellows, with 50+ faculty and community partners participating in professional development workshops. Number of student service-learners rose to 1,971.

Leo T. McCarthy Student Award

Crystal Vega, Urban Studies and Critical Diversity Studies ’18, was awarded this year’s Leo T. McCarthy Public Service Award. This award is presented to the graduating senior who has worked to promote social justice through public service to create a more humane and just world.

Alumni Action

Engage San Francisco helped organize and host USF’s Alumni Action Day for an afternoon of gardening and beautification of the nearby Buchanan Mall. USF alumni, students, and community volunteers worked in partnership with Citizen Film, Community Grows, SF Recreation and Parks, The Success Center SF, and the Rosa Parks Senior Center.

Sacramento Kick-off

This May, a kick-off reception in Sacramento for the 2019 Leo T. McCarthy Award and our McCarthy Fellows brought together representatives of California legislative offices, state agencies, USF alumni and a new cohort of fellows.

Faculty Service-Learning Award

Hana Böttger, Associate Professor of Architecture and Community Design was awarded USF’s 2018 Faculty Service-Learning Award for multiple innovative community-engaged learning courses including an interdisciplinary summer immersion with Nicaraguan community partner, ViviendasLeon.

Civic Engagement

Washington Media Scholars

Delvin Hodges and Laura Flores, two recent participants in the McCarthy Center’s USF in DC Program, were finalists in the National Media Scholars Competition.

Conversations for the Common Good

In February, the McCarthy Center kicked off the inaugural season of a new speakers series, Conversations for the Common Good, co-presented by news organization, POLITICO. Conversations is a signature series bringing local, regional and national figures to share visions and challenges to the common good. This year we invited six leading candidates for California’s 2018 gubernatorial election.

15th Anniversary and the Leo T. McCarthy Public Service Award

This past November, the McCarthy Center celebrated its 15th Anniversary at the Merchants Exchange Club where Mayor Art Agnos was honored with the inaugural Leo T. McCarthy Award presented by the McCarthy family and joined by House Democratic Leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in front of 300 supporters and donors. 


Director Dave Donahue and Director of Community-Engaged Learning Star Plaxton-Moore have co-authored, Companion to Community-Engaged Learning: What You Need To Know for Transformative Learning and Real Social Change, to prepare students for authentic relationships, and transformative outcomes through community engaged learning.

Urban and Public Affairs Graduate Engagement

Our graduate students participated in internships and service-learning opportunities including:

  • Office of San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai of District 11
  • City of San Dimas
  • Urban Habitat
  • Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco
  • Office of San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen of District 9
  • Generation Citizen
  • Fred Korematsu Institute
  • San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment
  • Law Firm of Kerosky Purves + Bogue
  • Law Offices of John Fitzpatrick Vanucci
  • Oakland Unified School District, McClymonds High School

Capstone Presentations

Fourteen graduate students successfully presented their capstone thesis, culminating their research and analytical papers on topics including: welfare reform, homelessness, basic income, and racial equity.

Contact Info

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

M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5662 (415) 422-5641