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Toward the close of their program of study, students complete a capstone project that addresses a contemporary leadership, management, or policy challenge confronting a public or non-profit organization. All students are registered for six hours of course credit. The project requirement provides participants with considerable latitude in the selection of topics. The program actively encourages participants to select problems of immediate relevance to their own professional practice or communities of interest.

Focusing on specific and personal leadership challenges affords participants the opportunity to hone their technical and analytical skills. The reflective practice component encourages participants to draw upon the experiences and information gained across the entire curriculum to craft novel yet practical solutions to these problems that add value to their organizations, communities, and the profession as a whole. Students will be required to present a case problem they developed as the basis of an exercise in administrative problem solving and coaching for their fellow students.


Past Capstone Projects

We only post Capstone materials if we have been given express permission by the author to do so.

2014 Cohort

Lambert Adjibogoun Acrobat icon

Public Policy Evaluation of a Home Share Program for Multnomah County
Teresa Plummer Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon   Gender and Personnel Advancement in Oregon's Municipal Police Organizations: Achieving the Gold Star
Rachel Smith Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon   Assessing Shared Service Models for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Oregon State Government
Jessica Williams Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon   The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and The Resultant Integration of Mobile Integrated Healthcare in the Fire Service

2013 Cohort

Cupid Alexander
Powerpoint icon Launching Home Onwership Opportunities: The Case for Land Trust Utilization in Subsidized Housing Programs
Mike Britch Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Tualatin Valley Water District's Emergency Preparedness Framework
Jessica Cahill Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Assessing Citizen Engagement in Oregon's Small Cities
Troy Costales Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Citizen Appointees to Oregon Health Professional Regulatory Boards: An Analysis of Potential Training Needs
Elisabeth Fincher  
Powerpoint icon The Golden Thread: Sustainability Through Engagement and Documentation
Kim Haughn  Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Creating a Vision Through Collaborative Governance: Creating Washington County's Transportation Safety Action Plan
Tom Hickmann
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    Public Process in Utility Master Planning: A Case Study of the City of Bend Collection System Master Planning
Tiffany Hicks
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Powerpoint icon Public Sector Employee Engagement: A Case Study of Clackamas County
Jill Hutchinson

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Using Principles of Collaborative Governance to Maximize the Public Value of Portland's Streets and Pipes

Justin Keeler Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon

Annexation as a Tool to Expand Library Service Areas: A Case Study 

2012 Cohort

Lisa Cameli Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Columbia River Gorge Commission - Organizational Capacity 
Kevin Campbell
Powerpoint icon Bridging the Gap: An Examination of PA Theory in the EMPA
Elizabeth Carroll  Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Innovating for Equity with Immigrant and Refugee Communities:A Framework for Linking Evidence, Culture and Community-Based Research
Andrea Fogue
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Exploring Public Value Network Governance: A Case Study on the Vietnam-Oregon Initiative

Christopher Frost
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Electrons and Networks: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Governance Networks for Smart Grid Implementation 

Marisha Johnson
Powerpoint icon Development of a Comprehensive Databook to Assess Oregon's Publicly-Funded Mental Health System 
Susan Luce
Powerpoint icon Governmental Finance Information for Public Officials and Leaders 
Michaelyn Seals Acrobat icon

Succession Planning For Public Sector PERS Employees in the State of Oregon 

Angie Timmins   Powerpoint icon  Service Excellence: Identifying Service Characteristics During Talent Acquisition

2011 Cohort

Lynn Averbeck   Powerpoint icon The Challenge of Financing Oregon's Highways
Bijal Barot
Powerpoint icon Maternity Leave Policies, Labor Markets and Motherhood: A Comparative Analysis between the United States, Canada and Britain
Carol Bryck Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Implementation of the Joint Operations Program: Overcoming Political Challenges to Rational Management of Water Resources in the Clackamas River Basin
Bridget Byfield Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Leading Collaboration in a Community to Address the Shelter Needs of At-risk Youth in Lane County
Ted Ebora
Powerpoint icon Analysis of Oregon's Amusement Ride Program
Dale Elder   Powerpoint icon The Challenges of Obamacare for Medicaid Provider Enrollment Staff
Trevor Evers Acrobat icon
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Washougal Effective Utility
Management Assessment

Jean Fike Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Watershed Assessments in Oregon; Where We Are, How We Got Here and How We Can Do Better
Crista Gardner Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon  Planning and Design Assistance for Rural Areas and Urban Clusters in Oregon
Kristen Miles Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon To Serve All Students: The Case for Race Equity Professional Development for Public School District Central Office Staff
Angela Mitchell Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon A Strengths Based Leadership Approach to Building Patient-Centered Medical Home Teams
Alisha Morton Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Hidden Epidemic
Kevin Perkins Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Searching for Equity: Redefining the Federal Forest Payment System 
Matt Smith
Powerpoint icon A Comprehensive Investigative Protocol for Police Investigators when an Elder Abuse Victim with Dementia is Financially Exploited 
Holly Thompson Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon An Assessment of the City of Beaverton's Readiness for Cultural Inclusion Initiatives 
Shannon Wilson Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Increasing the Resiliency of Community Development Corporations in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Area: A Path Forward 

2010 Cohort


Wendi Babst

  Powerpoint icon Lieutenant, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Rachael Banks

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Program Director, Multnomah County Health Department

 Jeannine Beatrice

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System Project Manager, Addiction & Mental Health, Oregon Health Authority 

 David Gassaway

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Regional Planner/Emergency Management Coordinator, Washington County 

 Chris Geiger

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 Captain/Paramedic, Clackamas County Fire District #1

 Rocky Houston

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State Trails Coordinator, Oreogn Parks and Recreation Department 

 Meta Loftsgaarden

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Deputy Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board 

Kim Adamson   Powerpoint icon General Manager,Beacon Hill Water & Sewer District
Jeff Rasmussen

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Powerpoint icon Jefferson County, County Administrative Officer
Stephen McMurtrey  Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon Affordable Housing Developer, Northwest Housing Alternatives

2009 Cohort

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Will Bauscher

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An Analysis of Social Media Policy Development within Oregon's Fire Service COmmunity
Meg Byrtek

Leverage Points for Sustainability" A Case Study in Organizational Performance
Chris Gibson
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Using SERVQUAL to Assess the Customer Satisfaction Level of the Oregon HIDTA ISC Analytical Unit
Kathy Glanville

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The Role of Technology in Building Leadership Capacity for Public Service
Colleen Miller

The Employers Transition: Responsibility and Understanding
Teresa Bennett  Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon   Trial Court Administrator, OR Judicial Dept/15th Judicial District - Coos and Curry Circuit Courts
Debbie Ellis  Acrobat icon Powerpoint icon   Project Director, Education Northwest