Remembering Leo

Our founder, Leo T. McCarthy, was known for his actions as a public figure. Those who knew him, understood what made hime tick, like his former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Steve Hopcraft. Steve recently spoke at our McCarthy Award ceremony and gave insight into Leo McCarthy: His Values, and What He Might Say […]

SF Pride — A First

McCarthy Fellow and recent USF graduate in Environmental Studies and Economics, Maximiliano Bernal Torres, authors this week’s blog with an account of his first time taking part in San Francisco’s Pride celebrations. Making the trip in between his internship at the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento, Max reflects on the differences between Pride in […]

Black Labor Matters

In this week’s blog, we explore the nexus of Labor and Race, and how the interests of recent MA Urban and Public Affairs Graduate, Alexandra Catsoullis, ‘19, aligned with her summer internship to produce her thought-provoking Capstone project. We’ll let Alex tell it in her own words. My capstone Black Labor Matters: Race, Working America, […]

“True” Public Service

McCarthy Center Board Member Judson True has worked in public service for much of his professional life in his adopted home of San Francisco, as well as in the State Capitol in Sacramento. He recently sat down with Justin Pearson ’20, graduate student in the MA Urban & Public Affairs program, to discuss his newly-created […]

‘America Reads’ in the Western Addition

The 22-year old program, America Reads at USF relocated this past year under the McCarthy Center’s Engage San Francisco. The Federal Work Study program that trains students to be tutors in elementary schools in the subject areas of reading and mathematics places USF student tutors in elementary school classes in the nearby Western Addition neighborhood. […]

McCarthy Fellows take Sacramento!

Our 2019 McCarthy Fellows arrived last week for their 12-week session in Sacramento. After a week of  Boot Camp and a rigorous interview process, they all received placements with elected officials, government offices and NGO’s around the state’s capital. The Fellows will live and work in Sacramento, with 4 days a week in their placements […]

Fighting for the Homeless

Community Empowerment Activist Emily Garcia reflects in this week’s blog on her internship experience with the Coalition on Homelessness. I was interning with the Coalition on Homelessness (CoH), a grassroots community organization that works to fight in solidarity, and work with, the homeless community in San Francisco. This organization operates on many levels to engage […]