Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership works with local
governments, non-profit organizations, and residents to both promote and support constructive
and broad-based civic involvement in decisions that affect people where they live
Learn more about the Davenport Institute.
To help build stronger communities in California by promoting public participation in local governance.
To be a champion of public engagement as a 21st century leadership skill for local governments and residents to succeed together.
The Davenport Institute offers to help local and regional leaders improve their public engagement skills.
Full day training seminars
We offer a variety of resources to help design, deliver, and promote inclusive, authentic, and effective public engagement.
- Are you ready to engage?
- Resources and tools
- Technical support and matchmaking
- Projects and case stories
Our home at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy gives us a unique platform to bring together partners committed to civic leadership and public participation in local government.
- PE collaborative
As part of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, the Davenport Institute is committed to providing graduate students with access to the best practices in local government innovation and engagement. The relationship between citizens and governments is changing fundamentally, and we seek to equip School of Public Policy Students with the skills and tools that will make them effective leaders in the 21st century.
- Find out more about Davenport Institute programming for students
- Find out more about the Pepperdine School of Public Policy
Greater public participation and trust in local government fosters more effective local representative democracy in California. Public engagement is a game changer for the good and the Davenport Institute is leading this change."
City Manager of Santa Monica (retired) Member, Davenport Institute Advisory Council