The total endowment of the Gates Foundation is less that what the State of California spends on public schools in one year. Why don't we pay enough attention to influencing the latter? We often think of "giving back" by volunteering or donating to charities. But by focusing on nonprofits, we're missing an important, high-impact lever for change: local government. Sithara Kodali discusses why local government is the best way for MBA students and alumni to have an outsized impact on your community because of the ability to have influence at a large-scale.