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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.

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.

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The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership introduced the City Manager in Residence Program in 2011, as part of a collaborative effort developed by the California International City Manager Association (Cal-ICMA) to offer students in graduate public policy and public administration programs the opportunity to learn first-hand from some of the best city managers in California.

The city managers in residence share their experiences with the school's Master of Public Policy candidates over a course of two days on the Malibu campus. In addition to a formal lecture, they serve as a mentor to students specializing in state and local policy, offering career advice and answering questions; address classes in the state and local policy track; and meet with members of the school's student chapter of the International City/County Manager's Association (ICMA).

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The Davenport Institute is pleased to be the on-campus sponsor of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy Chapter of the International City/County Manager's Association (ICMA).

ICMA is the professional and educational association for appointed local government administrators throughout the world, making this an excellent opportunity to build a network of contacts with local government administrators both in California and across the country.


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As a university-based policy institute, the Davenport Institute has access to top scholars working on issues relating to public engagement, technology in government, place-making, and other related fields. Our work with local government also provides access to some of the most innovative practitioners.

This combined access to theory and practice has resulted in a number of hosted conferences here in Malibu hosted by the Davenport Institute, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, and partner organizations.


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