Promoting civic and community engagement for an inclusive and informed public policy

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, at California State University, Los Angeles, is dedicated to the quest for social justice and equality of opportunity, enlightened civic engagement, and an enhanced quality of life for all Californians.

History of the Pat Brown Institute

The Pat Brown Institute began as a free-standing organization dedicated to California government affairs in 1980. When former Governor Pat Brown brought the Institute to the campus of Cal State LA in 1987, he intended it to become a major public policy organization focused on local, regional, and statewide public affairs.  PBI, 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.

Our Vision

Strengthening Justice

Enhancing Opportunity

Advancing Justice

Our Values




Our Core Objectives

  • To support civic education and community dialogue as ways to increase informed participation
  • To develop and support applied research that brings the resources of the university to bear on community and civic problems
  • To connect with and energize the civic and community participation of the Next Generation, to inspire their hope for the future
  • To act as a convener and thought leader on civic and community issues
  • To keep the vision, the optimism, and the legacy of Pat Brown alive and to enhance the recognition of the Institute that bears his name

Learn about California State University, Los Angeles 

California State University, Los Angeles has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. Building on the strengths of this rich diversity, our University prepares students for success in advanced studies, in their careers, and throughout their lives. California State University, Los Angeles graduates constitute a major leadership force in Greater Los Angeles, a microcosm of the global society.  Now Take A Virtual Tour!

Vox recognizes Cal State LA for the upward mobility of its students

Cal State LA, ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students, is featured in this new Vox video about colleges that propel students to the top rungs of the economic ladder.