Public Policy Conferences are the cornerstone of the Public Policy Program, they provide an opportune setting for experts and audience members alike to explore the relationship between Californians’ quality of life and governance.

Since 1993, the Institute has held its Annual Policy Conference to bring together leaders, and researchers to share information, at times to disagree, and to point us all toward solutions. Our annual conference is a great opportunity to reexamine our assumptions, to hear from people who may be familiar to us and from others who have not been on our radars.


2017 Annual Policy Conference - On October 5th, 2017, the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, in association with the World Trade Center LA and the LAEDC, held its 2017 Annual Policy Conference, “Should California Have Its Own Trade Policy?”. The conference featured in-depth discussions that examined the role of California, the nation's largest state and the world's sixth largest economy, in international trade and investment policies.
2016 Annual Policy Conference - "Election 2016: What On Earth Happened? Where Does California Go From Here?" took a deep dive into the election and voting behavior, and followed-up with a discussion on the dynamics of the Republican and Democratic parties, and how Los Angeles, and California’s policies will intersect, and be impacted by, the new administration.
2015 Annual Policy Conference - “The Ports of L.A. and Long Beach: Links In A Chain” conference addressed issues such as the Governor’s Executive Order B-32-15, port productivity, environmental concerns and community impact, labor, technology, and innovation (i.e. port automation), and educating the next generation

2015 Higher Education Conference - The Road Ahead for Higher Ed,” featured three panels of experts, nonprofit leaders, and policy advisers. The panels discussed the history of the California Master Plan, the current context of California’s higher education system, and how higher education policy advisers see the situation.