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Candidate Debates

Engaging with Candidates

The Pat Brown Institute’s Candidate Debate Program aims to provide a civic education to the general public about the candidates for elected office. Recognizing that debates are a key way in which the public learns about candidates running for pu...

Civic University

Expanding Civic Engagement

The Civic University© (Civic U©), incubated in 2013, is the Institute’s newest program developed and operated in partnership with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Civic U© is a university-based program to educate members of the community as we...

PBI Polling Program

Defining Generational Transformations

The Pat Brown Institute has undertaken a pathbreaking survey project that explores the social and political orientation of the four major racial and ethnic groups in Los Angeles County—Jews, African Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latinos. Central...

Public Policy

Encouraging Meaningful Dialog

The Public Policy Program encompasses public policy forums, issue debates, and our signature annual policy conference. The purpose of the program is to create opportunities for balanced and meaningful dialogue about public policy matters and ensur...


Sharing Knowledge

The Pat Brown Institute publishes studies throughout the year. We keep relevant publications available online for research and study purposes as well as to provide a look back at prior efforts at civic engagement. Look into our publications below.

Youth Leadership

Developing New Leaders

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs invests in our youth by developing new leaders for our communities. Whether in high school or in college, PBI youth learn the critical importance of public policy by developing policy projects on a team b...