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.

​                                                        Liberty.jpg


May 8–11, 2017​

Liberty and Justice for All: Can State and Local Public Policies Guard the Values of Californians?

​See the Public Policy Institute website or call (310) 434-3541 for up-to-date information.

Sponsored by the SMC Associates.

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