Santa Clara University

Programs in Government Ethics

At the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Public Sector Roundtable

The Public Sector Roundtable brings mayors, councilmembers, ethics commissioners, city managers, county supervisors, and special district officers together to discuss ethical dilemmas. Topics have included pension reform, redistricting, social media in government, and budgeting in a time of fiscal austerity.

Ethics Training for Cities and Public Agencies

Beginning in 1999 with an award-winning partnership with the city of Santa Clara, Calif., the Center has helped local governments develop codes of ethics and values and provided ethics training. Partners and clients have included the League of Minnesota Cities, the cities of Dallas and San Diego, and special districts such as the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Commentary on Government Ethics

Ethics Center Director of Government Ethics Hana Callaghan is available as a resource for news stories on government ethics issues, including conflicts of interest, transparency, pay to play, and other related issues.

Web Resources

Special resources include
An Introduction to Government Ethics
Government Ethics Cases


Hana Callaghan is the director of the Government Ethics Program at the Markkula Center. She has a background in law, government and politics. She has worked in private practice as a corporate litigator, for a member of the US House of Representatives as a senior congressional aide, and as a political consultant managing statewide political campaigns.


Business Ethics Photo by jpellgen, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license on Flickr.