About Us

In the Public Interest is a comprehensive research and policy center committed to promoting the values, vision, and agenda for the common good and democratic control of public goods and services.

We are committed to equipping citizens, public officials, advocacy groups, and researchers with information, ideas, and resources on best practices in government contracting and other types of public-private agreements. We help others better understand the impacts of privatization of public services and assets on democratic decision-making, public budgets, and quality public services.

Our goal is to ensure that government contracts and agreements and related public policies increase transparency, accountability, efficiency, and shared prosperity and opportunity through the provision of quality public goods, services, and assets.

What We Do:

  • Provide accurate, high-quality information about trends and developments in the delivery of public services through direct service provision, government contracting, privatization, and other public-private arrangements
  • Research the impacts of privatization on the common good and identify best practices and policies in responsible contracting
  • Create tools and resources to help public officials, researchers, advocates, workers, and administrators ensure that essential public goods and services are available to those who need them, managed by people who are publicly accountable, and affordable to all


Donald Cohen
Executive Director    
Shahrzad Habibi
Research and Policy Director
Bob Lawson
Director of Special Projects
Jeremy Mohler
Communications Director
Clare Crawford
Senior Policy Advisor


In the Public Interest
1305 Franklin St., Suite 501,
Oakland, CA 94612

We’d love to hear from you. Send us an email: info@inthepublicinterest.org.

Please send donation checks made payable to “In the Public Interest” to:
In the Public Interest
c/o Partnership for Working Families
1305 Franklin St., Suite 501,
Oakland, CA 94612

In the Public Interest is a project of the Partnership for Working Families, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.