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Ashley Labosier at Davenport Institute Professional Certificate

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.
Learn more about the Davenport Institute. 


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.



Ashley Labosier giving a training

The Davenport Institute offers to help local and regional leaders improve their public engagement skills.

Thought Leadership

woman giving a presentation at certificate training

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



Rod Gould listing to certificate participant

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.

Engaging students

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.



Rod Gould - Davenport Institute

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



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