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?

“Learned a lot about broadening civic engagement. Thinking outside the ‘silos.’” 


Summit PowerPoint

Summit Press Release


Advancement Project California and the

Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs


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.

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.