Public Policy Institute

The Public Policy Institute (PPI) helps prepare Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) and community members to enhance their effectiveness in the nonprofit arena by deepening their understanding of advocacy and relevant public policy issues. It is an award-winning leadership development program, granted by the Association of Junior Leagues international in 2010. In 2013, JLLA was recognized for its Public Policy Institute at a Los Angeles City Council meeting by Councilmember Jan Perry.

PPI Details

PPI has a flexible format, so that participants can learn more about public policy via individual trainings. In order to receive the Public Policy Institute Certificate, Community members must complete all five trainings as they are offered in one year, and members must complete all five PPI sessions over multiple League years.


The core curriculum will remain constant from year to year and consists of the following sessions:

  1. Introduction to Advocacy
  2. City & County Overview
  3. State & Federal Overview
  4. Appointments to Boards & Commissions
  5. Advocacy in Action

All sessions are held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Junior League of Los Angeles headquarters in Larchmont Village (Central Los Angeles).

Additional Training Opportunities

In addition to the classroom training, PPI participants are encouraged to take advantage of additional training opportunities available to all Junior League of Los Angeles members:

  1. A field trip to Los Angeles City Hall for JLLA’s Day at City Hallin coordinated by the Public Affairs Committee.
  2. 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.

The following training opportunities are available only to JLLA members who have completed all five sessions and earned the Public Policy Institute Certificate:

  1. An opportunity to apply for a “job shadow” day in a local, county, state, or federal government office.  Past hosts of PPI graduates include Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, State Assemblymember Julia Brownley, State Senator Fran Pavley, and Congressmember Henry Waxman.
  2. An annual salon discussion held each spring.

“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 

Please contact the Public Policy Institute Committee Co-Chairs at to answer any questions.