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SMC Public Policy Institute

Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein 

Santa Monica College’s interdisciplinary, innovative Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute offers FREE, informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives.

Founded by LA County Supervisor and former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and SMC political science professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein (former Chair of Excellence, Philosophy & Social Science), the Institute is currently led by co-directors Tahvildaran-Jesswein and SMC political science instructor Shari Davis (who also chairs Community for Excellent Public Schools).

Several programs and topical discussions are planned for Fall 2016, including panels and community discussions. Details were not confirmed at press time. ​

Please visit the Public Policy Institute website for up-to-date information. To receive invitations to our events, please send an please send email to and request to be added to the Institute’s mailing list.

See the Public Policy Institute website or call (310) 434-3541 for more information.

Sponsored by the SMC Associates.

Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405