About Us

In the Public Interest is a national nonprofit research and policy organization that studies public goods and services.

We help community organizations, advocacy groups, public officials, researchers, and the general public understand how the privatization of public goods impacts service quality, democracy, equity, and government budgets. We also advocate for strengthening, adequately funding, and building popular support for public institutions that work for all of us.

What We Do:

  • Provide information about trends and developments in the delivery of public services through mechanisms such as direct service provision, government contracting, and other public-private arrangements, such as public-private partnerships (P3s).
  • Research the impacts of privatization on the democratic process and 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 “PowerSwitch Action” with “In the Public Interest” in the memo line to:
PowerSwitch Action
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.