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California Civic Leadership Institute

An Educational Forum for the State's Rising Leaders

The California Civic Leadership Institute is a program designed to give local leaders a broad, in-depth understanding of critical issues affecting the state, illuminate the invaluable tools they will need to succeed if elected to the Legislature, and provide a forum where lasting bonds can be created among California’s rising political leaders.

Celebrating 16 Years of Success

The California Civic Leadership Institute was created in 2005 in response to the increased turnover and loss of institutional knowledge due to term limits in the legislature. After an experience like the energy crisis, it was apparent that there was a tremendous need to educate prospective legislators about high level state infrastructure issues prior to them even taking state office.

The Educational Framework

In Depth Policy Discussions
Cal Cities worked to fill that void through what ultimately became the California Civic Leadership Institute. Attendees participate in a field trip where they take part in policy discussions led by experts in the field related to the field trip location, and experience facility tours. Policy issues covered have included water, transportation, energy and housing. 
Bringing Together the Brightest Minds in Politics
The second part of the program takes place in Sacramento and focuses on the day-to-day realities of the political climate in Sacramento. A reception is held so that candidates also have the opportunity to network with third house representatives in the Capital community. 

Alumni Network

Graduates of the California Civic Leadership Institute become a part of an exclusive alumni network and are recognized at Cal Cities events well after their time in local government. 

In the 2021 State Assembly alone, over 70 percent of its members have local government roots.

The League of California Cities is proud of all of its California Civic Leadership Institute Alumni currently serving in the Legislature.

AD 02: Jim Wood-D, Former Council Member, Healdsburg
AD 04: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry-D, Former Mayor, Winters
AD 05: Frank Bigelow-R, Former Supervisor, Madera County
AD 07: Kevin McCarty-D, Former Council Member, Sacramento
AD 08: Ken Cooley-D, Former Council Member, Rancho Cordova
AD 09: Jim Cooper-D, Former Council Member, Elk Grove
AD 10: Marc Levine-D, Former Council Member, San Rafael
AD 11: Jim Frazier-D, Former Mayor, Oakley
AD 14: Tim Grayson-D, Former Mayor, Concord
AD 17: David Chiu-D, Former Supervisor, San Francisco
AD 18: Rob Bonta-D, Former Vice Mayor, Alameda
AD 22: Kevin Mullin-D, Former Mayor, South San Francisco
AD 24: Marc Berman-D, Former Council Member, Palo Alto
AD 28: Evan Low-D, Former Mayor, Campbell
AD 32: Rudy Salas-D, Former Council Member, Bakersfield
AD 33: Thurston “Smitty” Smith-R, Former Mayor, Hesperia*
AD 41: Chris Holden-D, Former Council Member, Pasadena
AD 48: Blanca Rubio-D, Former School Board Member, Baldwin Park USD
AD 50: Richard Bloom-D, Former Mayor, Santa Monica
AD 56: Eduardo Garcia-D, Former Mayor, Coachella
AD 64: Mike Gipson-D, Former Council Member, Carson
AD 67: Kelly Seyarto-R, Former Council Member, Murrieta*
AD 68: Steven Choi-R, Former Mayor, Irvine
AD 73: Laurie Davies-R, Former Mayor, Laguna Niguel*
AD 76: Tasha Boerner Horvath-D, Former Council Member, Encinitas
SD 12: Anna Caballero-D, Former Mayor, Salinas
SD 17: John Laird-D, Former Mayor, Santa Cruz*
SD 19: S. Monique Limón-D, Former Trustee, Santa Barbara School Board
SD 23: Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh-R, Board Member, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint USD*
SD 25: Anthony Portantino-D, Former Mayor, La Cañada Flintridge
CD 31: Pete Aguilar-D, Former Mayor, Redlands
U.S. Senator: Alex Padilla, Former Council Member, Los Angeles
California State Treasurer: Fiona Ma, Former Supervisor, San Francisco
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

*Class of 2020

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