USF School of Management Hosts Social Equity Leadership Conference June 1-3

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to Deliver Keynote Address at 15th Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO (May 31, 2016) – The University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management will host the 2016 Social Equity Leadership Conference, June 1-3. Now in its 15th year, the annual conference established by National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) focuses on issues of fairness, justice, and equity in a variety of public contexts.

This year’s symposium, “San Francisco: Leading the Dialogue on Social Equity,” invites scholars, practitioners, and public administration professionals to discuss advancing the understanding of research toward the promotion of social equity in governance in the areas of law enforcement, race, marriage rights, technology and access, and affordable housing. 

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will give the keynote address on Thursday, June 2 at 1 p.m. He will discuss the important reasons why San Francisco must help lead the nation on social equity. Following his speech, Lieutenant Governor Newsom will participate in a Q&A session with conference attendees. 

Hosted for the first time on the west coast, the conference includes panel discussions, presentations from nationally recognized experts, and open forums for participant Q&A. Tom Ammiano, former State Assemblyman and former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will participate in the conference Friday morning, June 3. State Assemblymember Mike Gatto will offer the closing keynote address, “Citizens United and its Effect on Social Equality,” on Friday, June 3 at 12:30 p.m. Assemblymember Gato represents California’s 43rd Assembly District, which includes Los Angeles, Glendale, and Burbank.

The five topics discussed in depth during the three-day conference will be:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Race & Social Class
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Supreme Court Ruling & Implications
  • Technology and Access
  • Affordable Housing & Policy Making

“With the current social and political climate, it is ever more critical that we focus on equity and bring the human and civil rights of all individuals to the forefront of our dialogue and action,” said Richard Greggory Johnson III, USF School of Management professor of public policy and chair of this conference.

The conference will take place in the McLaren Conference Center on USF’s main campus, 2130 Fulton St. (at Masonic Ave.) in San Francisco.

For the complete schedule of speakers and panel discussions, please visit:

Members of the media: To request interviews, or a press pass to attend, please contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, senior director of media relations at USF, at (415) 422-2697 or 

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