Public Policy Institute

Established in 2009, the Junior League of Los Angeles’ Public Policy Institute (PPI) is an award-winning program that helps Junior League and community members enhance their effectiveness in the nonprofit arena by deepening their understanding of advocacy and relevant public policy issues. Other Junior League members worldwide and non-Junior League members are invited to attend PPI sessions as individual training.

Once participants complete all 5 sessions they will be awarded a PPI certificate. Participants have 2 years to complete all 5 sessions to receive a certificate indicating completion of the program. Participants who do not complete all 5 sessions in 2 years will need to complete the process again.

2023-2024 Curriculum

The curriculum consists of the following sessions:

1.     Session 1: Intro to Advocacy – Wednesday, September 27, 2023

2.     Session 2: City & County Government – Wednesday, October 18, 2023

3.     Session 3: State & Federal Government – Wednesday, January 31, 2024

4.     Session 4: Appointments to Boards and Commissions – Wednesday, February 28, 2024

5.     Session 5: Advocacy in Action – Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Former speakers and presenters include:

  • California Assemblyman Isaac Bryan
  • Former City of Hawthorne Commissioner Dr. Donnisha Sanford
  • City of Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles
  • Neighborhood Council Representative Élice Hennessee
  • Chair of the State Bar of California Client Security Fund Commission, Melanie O’Day
  • Advocacy Consultant, Norchelle Brown

How do I register for Public Policy Institute training sessions?

Registration for each session opens one month before the session date. For JLLA Members, click here to register for a session. For non-JLLA attendees/ general public, click here.

How much do Public Policy Institute training sessions cost?

Each session costs $10 for ALL non-JLLA attendees/general public. Payment made at registration. JLLA members attend cost-free.

Where do the sessions take place?

All sessions are hybrid with in-person participation taking place at JLLA headquarters, Rainey House, in Los Angeles and virtual participation via Zoom. Non-JLLA members/general public can only join via Zoom.

Who do I contact for more information or with questions?

The 2023-24 chair, Dr. Donnisha Sanford, can be reached at