Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center | Associate Professor of Politics
Corey Cook serves as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, and joined the university as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2006 after having earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral dissertation considers the impact of race and gender on political representation and explores the contemporary significance of identity politics. Cook has published academic articles in the DuBois Journal of Social Science Research on Race, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. He has completed research projects surrounding the usage of Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco and a manuscript about promoting civic engagement through community-based research. His current research focuses on election results and political geography in California.
David W. Lyon
Founding President Emeritus, Public Policy Institute of California
Dr. Lyon was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Policy Institute of California, a not-for-profit, organization dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research. He served in that capacity from 1994 to 2007. Prior to assuming that role, he was Vice President and Corporate Officer of the RAND Corporation. Early in his career, he was a regional economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (1969 – 1972). During his career, he has published extensively on social policy, state and local financing issues, and California. Dr. Lyon has served on a number of boards and that list currently includes the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Advisory Board of Asia Society Northern California, and the Board of Directors of the Japan Society of Northern California. Dr. Lyon received his Ph.D. and M.C.P. (city and regional planning) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Patrick J. Murphy
Associate Professor in the Department of Politics
Patrick Murphy is Associate Professor of the Department of Politics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master's of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas-Austin. His professional experience prior to coming to USF includes teaching as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Murphy also has worked for the RAND Corporation and at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. Professor Murphy teaches in the areas of public administration, public policy and American politics. His research focuses on public management and public policy issue, and he has co-authored several reports and articles on the problems of illicit drug use, the management of drug policy, and the economics of drug selling. In recent years, Murphy's research has focused on K-12 education human resources issues and higher education financing.
Rev. Stephen A. Privett
President, University of San Francisco
Rev. Stephen Privett, S.J., began his tenure as the 27th president of the University of San Francisco on September 15, 2000. Prior to his appointment at USF, Father Privett served as provost and academic vice president at Santa Clara University. As provost, he was responsible for oversight of student life, intercollegiate athletics, as well as academic affairs. While teaching at Santa Clara, he was recognized for "Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership"; with the Sears Roebuck Foundation Award. Early in his career, Father Privett was an instructor at Jesuit High School in Sacramento and Principal of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He currently serves as a trustee at Schools of the Sacred Heart, Seattle University, and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club of California, Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Public Architecture, and the Fromm Institute. He also serves on the Bishops and Presidents Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Advisory Board of the California Foundation as well as an honorary member of the San Francisco Host Committee.
VP, Development-California Region, buildOn
Catarina Schwab is VP for development at buildOn, a charitable organization that engages urban youth through after-school programs in the U.S. and builds schools in rural villages in developing countries. An Exeter and Princeton grad, Catarina worked for two years as a corporate finance analyst at Montgomery Securities, a San Francisco-based investment bank. She worked in venture capital before opening Flicka, a Scandinavian women’s clothing and accessories boutique, which she operated on Fillmore Street in San Francisco until early 2008. Catarina is married to Andrew Schwab, co-founder and Managing Partner of 5AM Ventures since 2002.
State Librarian Emeritus, Professor of History, USC
State Librarian Emeritus, Dr. Starr researches California history, history of American culture, urban history and "Americans and the California Dream" captures the enigmatic blend of dreams and hardscrabble reality that defines California. His books uncover how the Golden State emerged from the Gold Rush, absorbed the shocks of the Great Depression, and was transformed by the sweeping events of World War II and beyond. Dr. Starr is a professional member to the American Antiquarian Society, California Council for the Humanities, California Historical Society and the Smithsonian Library Advisory Board. He was honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2006. Dr. Starr holds degrees from the University of San Francisco (BA) and Harvard University (MA, PhD).