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Public Policy Institute of California

San Francisco, CA, USA
51-200 employees
Annual Budget : 
Populations Served: 
All Populations
About Us

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Our mission is to inform and improve public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.


We believe in the power of good information to build a brighter future. We pride ourselves on the independence and rigor of our peer-reviewed work. And even when our findings are unexpected or controversial, we believe in letting the facts speak for themselves.

We encourage civil, productive dialogue that inspires sustainable policy solutions in Sacramento and around the state. Our events feature viewpoints across the political spectrum, promoting constructive, thoughtful, and respectful discussions about the issues that matter most to California.

PPIC’s work is guided by our conceptual model and strategic plan. The PPIC conceptual model lays out our core activities, essential outcomes, and anticipated impact. It also outlines how we engage our key audiences—decision makers at all levels of government and the individuals and organizations that influence them.

Our multidisciplinary research staff includes experts in economics, education, criminal justice, demography, political science, sociology, and environmental resources. The institute expands its research capacity with adjunct fellows and a summer intern program. Talented professionals in communications, development, finance and administration, government affairs, and information technology help us reach our audiences and keep our facilities and operations running smoothly.

Why Work For Us?: 

Our talented, mission-driven staff cares deeply about improving policymaking in California. We foster a dynamic and inclusive environment for rigorous research combined with frequent interactions with policymakers and other leaders across the state. We take a highly collaborative approach to putting research into action, encouraging interdisciplinary work and hosting public events on key issues of the day.

To ensure that PPIC’s work is timely and relevant to California policy decisions, we rely on a strong cross-departmental process. Research project teams work closely with colleagues in communications, government affairs, and operational support. Staff members also have full access to external support and resources, including advisory councils, academic networks and libraries, and technical training.