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 


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


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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







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