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2017 Annual Dinner

Marking 30 Years at 

Cal State LA

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Annual Dinner Sponsorship Form

Annual Dinner Save the Date Flyer

Our Institute’s motto is “Unleashing the Power of Participation.” Engaging people in the civic enterprise is not just about making voting easier. While better voting procedures certainly help, it is also about inspiration, about demonstrating and celebrating the times when community attention and public leadership join to make change. It is inspiration – making the impossible into a practical reality – that will bring young people on board.

2017 Annual Dinner Honorees 


Public Service Award

Dr. Drew Altman, President and CEO

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation


Drew Altman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He is an innovator in the world of foundations and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health issues.

Dr. Altman founded the current-day Kaiser Family Foundation in the early 1990’s, directing a complete overhaul of the Foundation’s mission, staff, and operating style. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Altman was Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for the state of New Jersey under Governor Tom Kean. As Commissioner, he developed nationally recognized initiatives in welfare reform, school-based youth services, programs for the homeless, and Medicaid managed care. Dr. Altman was Director of the Health and Human Services at the Pew Charitable Trusts; Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he led the development of the Foundation’s programs in HIV/AIDS, health services for the homeless, and health care financing; and he served in the Health Care Financing Administration in the Carter administration.

Dr. Altman received his BA from Brandeis University and his Masters in political science from Brown University. He earned his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, did his post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health, and taught public policy at MIT before moving on to public service. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Altman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute of Medicine.

Public Servant of The Year 

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

California State Assembly


Speaker Anthony Rendon is the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly, and represents the 63rd Assembly District encompassing the cities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount and South Gate. Prior to serving in the Assembly in 2012, Rendon was an educator, non-profit executive director, and environmental activist. He led Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc. as Executive Director, and served as Interim Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters from 2008-2009. Rendon attended Cerritos Community College before earning his Bachelors and Masters of Arts Degrees from California State University, Fullerton. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and completed post-doctoral work at Boston University. Rendon served as adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton from 2001 – 2008.

See highlights from the Pat Brown Institute’s 35th Annual Dinner:

“California Shows The Way: Leadership and Innovation in the Face of Climate Change”

The Pat Brown Institute’s 35th Annual Dinner, “California Shows The Way: Leadership and Innovation in the Face of Climate Change,” took place on April 21st, 2016 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. This year, the Institute is delighted to have honored CA Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and David Gelber and Joel Bach, co-creators and Executive Producers of the National Geographic docu-series Years of Living Dangerously, for their efforts to respond to the crisis caused by climate change.


Photos by David Ng
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Participation + Power: A Los Angeles County Strategy Summit

On February 2, 2017 the Advancement Project California and the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs held the Participation + Power – A Los Angeles County Strategy Summit. The Summit was a half-day convening that brought together 100 elected and civic leaders from throughout the county representing the nonprofit, government, and academic sectors. The Summit provided recent research on political participation in the state and county, as well as created a space to share regional challenges and discuss potential strategies to strengthen democratic engagement. The day served as a way to answer questions such as:

  • How do we get more people involved in politics? How do we ensure that communities of color participate in the political process?
  • What can we do to protect communities that are vulnerable to a politics rooted in division? How can we use the strength of our diversity to reshape our local politics?



Summit PowerPoint: Los Angeles County: Ground Zero for Participation

Summit Press Release

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Advancement Project California and the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, CSU Los Angeles

Organizer of Participation + Power: A Los Angeles County Strategy Summit

Advancement Project California is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. In California we champion the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools and work alongside communities to ignite social transformation!

Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, a presidentially chartered institute at California State University, Los Angeles, is a non-partisan public policy center dedicated to sustaining the vision and legacy of former California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown through convening public policy forums, engaging multi sector stakeholders and diverse communities, and conducting timely policy research and community-driven initiatives.

Advancement Project California and the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs have assembled a broad-based advisory group to support the development of the Summit. These groups include: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles; California Community Foundation; California State University Long Beach Center for Community Engagement; City of Los Angeles, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment; Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); Community Coalition; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Empowerment Congress; Hon. Jhonny Pineda, Huntington Park City Council; Hon. Karina Macias, Huntington Park City Council; Hon. Rex Richardson, Long Beach Vice Mayor; Hon. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, California Assembly; Latino Decisions; League of Women Voters, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk; and Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University.

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2016 Annual Policy Conference

On November 17th, 2016, the Pat Brown Institute held its 23rd Annual Conference, “Election 2016: What On Earth Happened?”.


2016 Annual Conference Program

2016 Annual Conference Sponsor Form

2016 Annual Conference Flyer

2016 Annual Conference Registration Link 

2016 Annual Conference Media Advisory 

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2016 Annual Conference Media Coverage

University Times
What on earth happened in the election?

Anthony Karambelas, November 21, 2016

World Journal

Reflection on the inaccuracy of the election polls

Ding Shu, November 18, 2016

Azteca America

Negatividad y abstinencia al voto dio rumbo a las Elecciones de EE.UU

María Elecna García Villalobos, November 17, 2016

New Tang Dynasty Television.

Ethnic divisions after the US presidential election? Current events and the future of the California. 

Annie Wang, November 17, 2016



Photos by David Ng
(626) 288 – 0833 

Main Speaker

Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.

Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy.  He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.

Padilla’s parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California.  His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses.  Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees).  Padilla is often asked how he moved from engineering to public service. He explains that in many ways they are similar; the goal of each is solving problems. Read more


Check out the PBI-Cal State LA’s Polling Program

2016 PBI – Cal State LA Poll Public Briefing: L.A. County Latino Voters

2016 PBI – Cal State LA Poll Public Briefing: L.A. County Asian Americans


Thank you to our 23rd Annual Conference major sponsors:





See highlights from our 2015 Annual Policy Conference