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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 and work.


Special Feature


The Future of Public Engagement In a Hybrid World

July 2021

As we emerge from the pandemic, we must apply the lessons learned while restoring traditional approaches to public engagement that are effective.


Latest Publication


Communication and Engagement Post COVID-19: The need for both high tech virtual ability as well as a revisiting of traditional methods

June 14, 2021

"Over the past year, local governments have increasingly embraced virtual communication out of necessity, but at the same time most have developed an appreciation for it as a more heavily relied upon resource going into the future."

By: Maureen Tobin and Michael Huling 


Our Mission

To help build stronger communities in California by promoting public participation in local governance.

Our Vision

To be a champion of public engagement as a 21st-century leadership skill for local governments and residents to succeed together.


What We Do

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We offer comprehensive training opportunities in public engagement for local and regional local government leaders.

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Thought Leadership

We offer various resources to help design, deliver, and promote inclusive, authentic, and effective public engagement.

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We provide a unique platform which brings together partners in civic leadership and public participation in local government.




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Contact Us

Pooja Di Giovanna
Assistant Director
Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
School of Public Policy