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The Davenport Institute has long relied on the support of many valuable partnerships to support our mission of building stronger communities in California by promoting public participation in local governance.


  • Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is an "accidental professional association" that features oever 4,800 members from all 50 states plus Canada, UK, Israel, and Australia. Focused on all levels of local government, ELGL's mission is to engage local government leaders by providing useful content through podcasts, blogs, webinars, social media, and conference gathering, with the objective of fostering authentic and meaningful connections that are grounded in practices of equity and inclusion.
  • In 2020, we hosted a series of webinars with ELGL on Connectivity & COVID-19 and Engaging During Pandemic Uncertainties.


  • The Institute for Local Government (ILG) empowers local government leaders and delivers real-world expertise to help them navigate complex issues, increase their capacity, and build trust in their communities. For over sixty years, ILG has collaborated with local agencies throughout California, building leadership,trust, and resilience in communities.
  • ILG provides excellent resources that we use in our trainings including but not limited to The Basics of Engagement and Assessing Public Engagement Effectiveness Rapid Review Worksheets.


  • ICMA is a leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local governments. With over 11,000 members, ICMA works to identify and promote the adoption of leading local government practices in order to improve the lives of residents. The organization offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to local governments and other institutions throughout the world.
  • Our Assistant Director Pooja Di Giovanna serves as the Faculty Advisory to the student chapter at the School of Public Policy.

 Weaving Community 

  • Weaving Community is a national campaign started in Spring 2020 set on bridging the divide found in America today.  The campaign's goal is to ensure that we do not go back to the divided, self-centered and lonely culture that has given us rising deaths of despair, gridlocked politics and hateful rhetoric and deeds. Through partnering with other organizations in the bridging community Weaving Community has served as a collaborative campaign allowing for the partner organizations to support one another through encouragement and the sharing of ideas. The creators of the campaign are the Listen First Project and Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute.
  • The Davenport Institute has partnered with Weaving Community in creating a yard sign social media campaign shared with the partners, as well as being apart of the sharing of ideas and concepts with other partner organizations and integrating the concepts learned through this collaboration into our training courses.


  • The University Network for Collaborative Governance is made up of college and university centers, institutes and programs that engage in service, scholarship and teaching to build the capacity for collaborative governance. The network mission is to champion collaborative governance by supporting and strengthening a network of faculty members and professionals from college and university centers, institutes, and programs that engage in collaborative governance practice, scholarship, and teaching.
  • The Davenport Institute has been a part of the network and continues to participate in network conferences as well as working groups. This term, we are co-supervising a graduate student internship with UNCG.

 Our Common Purpose

  • A project of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Our Common Purpose focuses on the large project "Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century". The project brings together leaders in various sectors to revitalize democratic citizenship and restore our sense of common purpose by relying on the tools of our constitutional system. Six broad initiatives with 31 total recommendations have been developed to advance this endeavor: equal representation, empowered voters, responsive government, connected communities, social media as civic media, and culture of shared commitment.
  • The Davenport Institute serves as one of the Champions committed to these goals and we participate in strategy sessions and events.


  • PublicCEO is a local government publication that delivers news and insights to approximately 14,000 city managers, county administrators, public executives and public employees every weekday. The daily newsletter and website gives city managers, county administrators, public executives and public employees a vantage point on the happenings across California's cities, counties, special districts and the state. Their goal is to provide decision-makers with best practices, inventive ideas, perspective on trends and access to opportunities.
  • The Davenport Institute regularly contributes content to PublicCEO on public engagement and GovTech.