Moakley Center for Public Management

Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management is actively engaged in the local community, fostering public discourse, supporting and advising community organizations, and providing educational opportunities to build human capital in the public service industry.


A decade ago, Sandy Matava, MPA ’81, the director of Suffolk’s Moakley Center for Public Management, saw a need to help vulnerable youth find viable employment options. She partnered with her former colleagues at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (now the Department of Children and Families, or DCF) to create iWorks. The six-week summer internship program provides job training, work experience, and financial education to young adults. To date, it’s helped hundreds of young people get jobs and manage financial matters.

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement creates lasting connections between Suffolk students, nonprofits, and community-based organizations through a number of projects. Service learning combines community service with classroom study. Some programs included in the center are Jumpstart and Alternative Break, both of which offer students a chance to participate in meaningful service projects at home or abroad during school breaks.

Center for Entrepreneurship

Suffolk’s Center for Entrepreneurship is a resource for students, alumni, and the general public. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, the Center provides a central workspace where students, alumni, faculty, and business owners can collaborate.

Center for Innovative Collaboration and Leadership

The Center for Innovative Collaboration and Leadership aims to foster a spirit of innovation at Suffolk through events, awards, and fellowships. In 2016, the CICL awarded two Suffolk students $2,000 Innovation Fellowships to pursue their ideas, including an improved model for community redevelopment and On Board Boston, a nonprofit that teaches skateboarding and perseverance to at-risk youth.

The New Workplace Institute

The New Workplace Institute is a multidisciplinary center devoted to creating psychologically healthy, productive, and socially responsible workplaces through research and public education. Founder and director David Yamada is also director of the Labor & Employment Law Concentration at Suffolk Law.

Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic

Students in Suffolk Law’s Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic provide free legal services to clients of limited means with a focus on intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Students can gain hands-on experience in a fast-evolving field, honing the fundamental skills of counseling, advocacy, and transactional practice.

The Center for Real Estate

Suffolk’s Center for Real Estate, led by Executive in Residence Richard Taylor, offers professional development opportunities that provide practical, hands-on training on the latest concepts, principles, and best practices in the real estate industry. With a case-study approach, the program examines the relationship between real estate principles and community economic development in urban markets.