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PPIC turned 25 in 2019. It is worth taking a moment to remember that our founders were committed to providing nonpartisan, independent, and high quality research and facilitating productive discussion in an era marked by economic uncertainty, deep partisan divisions, and contentious debates about immigration. Over the past 25 years, California’s economy, demographics, and political climate have changed dramatically. But uncertainty and division are still with us—and PPIC’s mission of informing public policy and fostering constructive dialogue is more important than ever.

This 2019 Year in Review highlights some of our recent activities and accomplishments. They were made possible with the help of supporters like you. Among them:

  • Our 2019 Speaker Series on California’s Future focused on leadership in the face of major challenges and opportunities. We had engaging, in-depth conversations with state leaders about their priorities and their long-term visions for California.
  • The PPIC Water Policy Center took on the challenge of envisioning the future of the San Joaquin Valley—the state’s largest agricultural region and a major contributor to the nation’s food supply. A report, a video, and discussions with experts and stakeholders all focused on water management strategies that support the valley’s economy while improving public health and the natural environment.
  • The PPIC Higher Education Center released a briefing kit that highlights the importance of California’s higher education system to economic growth and individual opportunity. The briefing kit focuses on eight key challenges—from expanding college access to meeting the state’s workforce needs.
  • PPIC continued its work on the 2020 decennial census. We provided critical facts and online tools for those involved in ensuring an accurate count in California and hosted conversations with state and local officials about their efforts to ensure full participation.

In the year ahead, PPIC will implement its 2025 strategic plan. With input from internal and external stakeholders, we have developed a framework for our research and engagement through 2025 that allows for a stronger, more intentional focus on opportunity. Our 2025 strategic priorities include:

  • Improving opportunity for Californians. Encouraging the development of effective, efficient, and equitable policies that improve the well-being of all Californians. Areas of focus include education, the safety net, criminal justice, and water, land, and air.
  • Understanding California’s future. Analyzing key demographic, economic, environmental, and political trends to anticipate major challenges and identify practical policy solutions.
  • Informing civic life. Providing a voice for Californians on critical issues through our statewide survey and promoting constructive dialogue through public events and engagement with emerging leaders across the state.

We cannot do this work alone. PPIC relies on an extensive network of advisors and other engaged Californians to ensure our relevance, expand our reach, and increase our impact. Our colleagues in local, state, and federal government inform our research and put it into practice.

We thank our board of directors, statewide leadership council, and members of the business and nonprofit communities for their guidance and for helping us understand the policy landscape by sharing their knowledge.

Finally, thank you to the individuals and organizations providing PPIC with financial support.

Please continue to share your perspectives and suggestions with me and lend your support to our efforts in the exciting year ahead.

Thank you,

Mark Baldassare
President and CEO

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