Public Policy Institute


Established in 2009, the Junior League of Los Angeles' Public Policy Institute (PPI) is an award winning program that helps prepare Junior League and community members to enhance their effectiveness in the nonprofit arena by deepening their understanding of advocacy and relevant public policy issues. 

Registration for the 2015-16 Public Policy Institute is open.

Course Curriculum

Session 1: Introduction to Advocacy - Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Session 2: City and County Government - Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Session 3: State and Federal Government - Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Session 4: Appointments to Boards and Commissions - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Session 5: Advocacy in Action - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

All sessions take place from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the League’s headquarters in Hancock Park. 

Optional Training Opportunities

In addition to the classroom training, PPI participants and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of additional training opportunities:

  1. A salon discussion held each spring after the conclusion of the PPI sessions.
  2. A field trip to Los Angeles City Hall for JLLA’s Day at City Hall held in May 6, 2016.
  3. A field trip to Sacramento for the annual Junior Leagues of California Day at the Capitol coordinated by the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee on Monday, May 2, 2016.  (Participants are responsible for travel costs to Sacramento.


"I previously had no policy-related experience, but through PPI I gained the knowledge, experience, and relationships necessary to effectively advocate for children affected by epilepsy and other disabilities.  Today I am a leader within a state-wide public policy organization, Epilepsy California, representing nearly 400,000 Californians with epilepsy.  On a national level, I am involved with the public policy efforts of the Epilepsy Foundation of America."

- Julie DesJardins, PPI Graduate

The internship went so successfully that I invited her to shadow me for a day in Sacramento. We only wish that she could have stayed with us longer!”

-Congresswoman Julia Brownley, on hosting an intern in the California Assembly


In 2013, the Junior League of Los Angeles was recognized for its Public Policy Institute at a Los Angeles City Council meeting by Councilmember Jan Perry. 

In 2010, JLLA was honored by the Association of Junior Leagues International  (AJLI) with its Leadership Development Award in recognition of the Public Policy Institute.  This marked JLLA's third Leadership Development Award, having previously been recognized for the Board Fellows Program (2003) and Leadership Development Institute (2009).  The Leadership Development Award recognizes “Junior Leagues that have developed outstanding leadership and training programs and increased community impact as a result.” 


Please contact the Public Policy Institute Committee Co-chairs at with any questions.  

Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry presented a certificate of commendation to the Junior League of Los Angeles at City Hall in April 2013 for its Public Policy Institute.