Public Policy Institute of California

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The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a private and non-profit policy organization that seeks to improve public policy in California using independent and objective research. The PPIC's intended "audiences are state, local, and federal officials; decision makers in the non-profit and private sectors; the media; and the general public." [1]

"PPIC’s research focuses on the underlying forces shaping California's future, cutting across a wide range of public policy concerns that are described in its policy-area studies. In addition, the PPIC Statewide Survey collects data on the policy preferences and social, economic, and political attitudes of Californians throughout the state. Since 1998, the survey has extensively interviewed more than 162,000 California adults, creating a unique resource for public policy analysis." (Source: PPIC's About the Institute webpage)

The PPIC was originally founded in 1994 with an endowment grant from William R. Hewlett. The PPIC allows public access to its annual financial statement (FY ending June 30, 2006), and publicly notes their past and present sponsors. Their net assets as of June 30, 2006, according to this financial report was $208,818,077, which represented a 4.6% increase over a one year period.

Board of Directors

Main Policy Study Categories

Links to Staff Lists

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Public Policy Institute of California

  • Address: 500 Washington Street, Suite 800 San Francisco, California 94111
  • Telephone: (415) 291-4400
  • Fax: (415) 291-4401
  • Website:
  • Web Contact Form: contact.asp

PPIC Sacramento Center

  • Address: The Senator Building 1121 L Street, Suite 801 Sacramento, California 95814
  • Telephone: (916) 440-1120
  • Fax: (916) 440-1121