Skip to main content
Susan Stewart

Why I Chose Presidio’s MPA Program

“I want to get back on track with my goal to save the world. Presidio Graduate School is the place where I can pursue my passion to create good schools and help ensure a quality education for all children. The experiential learning foundation of the MPA program is a big part of why I chose it.”
Susan Stewart, MPA Candidate
Deputy Attorney General & Construction Law Counsel, Nevada Office of the Attorney General
Chance Cutrano
“When I joined Presidio I specifically picked the MPA program because I wanted a degree that provided the opportunity for me to refine management and business skills while keeping the public good at the center of my work.”
Chance Cutrano
Director of Programs, Resource Renewal Institute

Experiential Learning

Our focus on real-world case studies and experiential learning helps you apply what you learn immediately and in real time.

Alumni Network

You’ll grow your network with emerging leaders in the social justice and environmental fields.


Benefit from mentorship opportunities with leading practitioners in the policy and social impact space.

Real-World Focus

Presidio centers pressing, real-world issues like climate change, inequity, and public health in every class.

Roles Our Alumni Currently Hold

Join an amazing network of passionate sustainability and social justice professionals.

  • City of Austin, TX

    Senior Business Process Consultant

  • County of San Mateo, CA

    Senior Sustainability Specialist

  • Mighty Buildings

    Chief Sustainability Officer/Co-Founder

  • Resource Renewal Institute

    Director of Programs

  • City of Santa Clara, CA

    Staff Analyst

  • SPUR

    Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Membership

  • City of Mountain View, CA

    Senior Management Analyst

  • City of San José, CA

    Environmental Services Specialist

  • San Francisco International Airport

    Environmental Compliance & Zero Waste Specialist

  • City of El Cerrito


Leadership in a Social Context

Examines the social and political structures that contribute to the current understanding of leadership and the ways that this understanding may reinforce systems of domination, such as patriarchy and white supremacy.

Systems Thinking for Social and Environmental Solutions

Probes systems thinking principles and dynamic systems modeling techniques to frame and define problems and to innovate solutions to complex social and environmental problems such as climate change and social inequity.

Research Methods and Policy Evaluation

Focuses on both qualitative and quantitative research methods in the public sector and explores how to use community-based, participatory-action research and data synthesis to inform holistic decision-making processes.

Policy-Making for Sustainability and Social Justice

Explores how to design and implement holistic, effective, and cutting-edge policy solutions that consider business, government, and civil society in solving climate change, systemic racism, and economic inequity issues.

Technology and Policy

Analyzes the use of digital technology for policy design and implementation, and how to harness big data to tackle global challenges while avoiding biases that can inadvertently be part of the algorithm of data systems.

Managing Public Organizations

Reviews organizational and bureaucratic structures involved in program development and implementation, and explores effective systems, business processes, and decision-making of public organizations with an equity lens.

Upcoming Events

Experience Presidio by attending an event and hearing from students, alumni, faculty, and our community. Join us!

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Let’s start a conversation! We’re ready to talk with you and help you find the program that’s right for you and your goals.

Return to top