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).

Through an annual symposium and frequent public forums with civic leaders, the Public Policy Institute also serves as a powerful force for engaging the community in dialogue on some of the most pressing public policy issues of the day, and providing information and other support to help campus and community members become agents of change.

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.

7th Annual Spring Symposium

May 7-11, 2018

Healing: Innovative Policies and Approaches for Mending Lives and Seeking Healthfulness in 2018

The SMC Public Policy Institute's 2018 Spring Symposium will focus on the Public Health track of public policy. See the Public Policy Institute website for the latest information.

Sponsored by the SMC Associates.

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