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Posts from 2014

Robert Reich Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Robert Reich, GSPP's Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, has just been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As one of the nation's oldest learned societies, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society. Read the full press release for more information.

An Interview With Dean Brady

The next generation of government problem solvers

An interview with Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, on the defining characteristics of the next generation of policy leaders.

The Washington Post

Student Profile

Michael Burdick, MPP '15

Name: Michael Burdick

Year:  First

Policy Area of Concentration: Tax and Budget, Financial Services Regulation

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: University of Arkansas

Personal History: Raised in a small town in southeast Arkansas. Studied Finance at the University of Arkansas. Worked at Wells Fargo US Corporate Banking Group in San Francisco after college.

What attracted you to GSPP?

Initially, I was interested in GSPP because of the respect I had for UC-Berkeley as a premier public research university. After learning more about the Goldman School specifically, I was intrigued by the focus of the curriculum on developing quantitative analytical skills and the strong sense of community that the school fosters. Location was also a significant factor as I preferred to stay in the Bay Area for graduate school.

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Student Profile

Francesca Delgado, MPP '15

Throughout the year, GSPP welcomes prospective students to campus to meet with current MPP students. They are the best on-the-ground resource for questions about electives, housing, and quality of life in the Bay Area. Not everyone can make the visit out to beautiful Berkeley, so we're bringing a current student to you! Prospective students, meet Francesca Delgado.

Year:  First

Policy Area of Concentration:  Social Policy

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: Washington State University

Personal History: Before coming to GSPP, I worked as a probation officer in Seattle, Washington. It was a balance of protecting the community and facilitating the reintegration of offenders into society. It was this experience of providing direct services that motivated me to go to graduate school and work on the issues that can help turn people’s lives around. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with youth. As a program manager of a high school girls program, I helped create and facilitate monthly workshops on topics such as college prep, self-image, and healthy communication. As an undergraduate student, I majored in Political Science and had internships as a campaign scheduler for a Seattle mayoral campaign and as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

What attracted you to GSPP? 

  • Location
  • Range of social policy professorial expertise
  • GSPP support services

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Fall 2014 Admissions Decisions

MPP Program

Congrats to our Fall 2014 MPP New Admits!

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