Contract Local! An examination of San Francisco's Local Business Enterprise Program


Joshua Kay, Society & the Environment; Rhetoric, Class of 2023

Internship Office: Congresswoman Doris Matsui 

In 1996, Proposition 209 officially banned all consideration of race or gender in public college admission, employment and contracting. While a large amount of research and resources have been devoted to studying the impacts of university affirmative action, and its outcomes on underrepresented populations, little research has been done on the impact of the removal of race- and gender-conscious programs on these populations. Through a review of local business contract data, as well as interviews with business owners and procurement experts, this project will examine the current level of representation among local contractors, as well as the experience of San Francisco contractors, with hopes of identifying best practices and areas of improvement.

Joshua Kay
Publication date: 
September 20, 2021
Publication type: 
Diversity & Entrepreneurship Research