About PPIC
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. We are dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.
We are guided by a set of core values, beliefs, and principles that inform our organization’s choices and staff actions.
PPIC is committed to providing essential information and framing policy debates to shape a better future for California. We focus on three overarching themes:

Improving policy responses: Analyzing critical topics and guiding decisionmaking in major areas of state spending

Planning for the future: Identifying investment strategies, considering policy trade-offs, and monitoring reform efforts

Understanding the drivers of change: Tracking fundamental, long-term societal trends – economic, political, and demographic

Our central audiences are California’s elected officials at the local, state, and federal level. We also seek to inform engaged Californians—from the media to leaders in the business and nonprofit communities.
PPIC delivers actionable, reliable, objective research to help the state find systemic and sustainable responses to a range of policy challenges.

Our publications range from one-page fact sheets to comprehensive, in-depth reports.

PPIC includes two policy centers. The PPIC Water Policy Center spurs innovative water management solutions that support a healthy economy, environment, and society. The PPIC Statewide Survey provides a voice for the public and likely voters on key policy issues facing the state.

Our outreach efforts connect with a variety of policy-minded groups. Our researchers participate in the public debate in numerous ways, from contributing to PPIC’s blog to providing expert testimony to lawmakers.
Our multidisciplinary research staff includes experts in economics, demography, political science, sociology, and environmental resources. The institute expands its research capacity with adjunct fellows and a summer intern program.
Since 1994, PPIC has helped California’s leaders to better understand policy issues by providing them with research that is free of partisanship or ideological biases. Today, we are a highly respected resource on a range of critical issues—encouraging productive dialogue and inspiring the search for sustainable solutions in Sacramento and across the state.

PPIC was founded by three leaders of extraordinary vision who shared a deep concern about the future of their state: Roger W. Heyns, former chancellor of University of California, Berkeley; Arjay Miller, former president of Ford Motor Company and former dean of Stanford Business School; and William R. Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company. An endowment from William R. Hewlett made their vision possible.

PPIC’s endowment supports our research and other activities. Our work also receives generous support from foundations and from contributions to PPIC’s Donor Circle.
PPIC is based in San Francisco. The PPIC Sacramento Center is located across the street from the state capitol. The Bechtel Conference Center is housed at PPIC’s San Francisco offices.
Mark Baldassare is president and CEO of PPIC. Donna Lucas is chair of the Board of Directors.
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