The Institute’s dinners highlight and celebrate the achievements made by civic and community leaders in California who seek to facilitate civic engagement and advance informed public policy. The dinner also provides a prime opportunity for students, public officials, researchers, media professionals, and representatives from the business, non-profit, and labor community to mingle and learn from one another. Details on the 2018 dinner program will be announced as they are confirmed.
5:30 PM – 9: 00 PM
April 26, 2018
2017 Annual Dinner
Our 2017 Annual Dinner, organized around the theme “California: A Force For Change” was held at the Biltmore Hotel on April 26th. Our honorees for the evening were two great Californians, State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Dr. Drew Altman, the President and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Institute presented the Public Servant of the Year Award to Speaker Anthony Rendon, who presided over on the most productive legislative sessions ever accomplished in California, including the nation’s first $15 minimum wage, the extension of CA climate change goals, overtime pay for farm workers, and new and innovative policy on tobacco use.
For filling the need for trusted information on health care policy, the Institute honored Dr. Altman and the Kaiser Family Foundation with the PBI Public Service Award. Dr. Altman is the leading expert and educator on national health care policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a California-based think tank that clarifies the issues around health care reform, conducts in-depth surveys and focus groups that refine our understanding of public opinion, and assess the costs and benefits of proposed reforms. Learn more.