The Panetta Institute

Monterey Bay, CA

The Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay, was formally dedicated on December 18, 1998. One of its many goals is to inspire young people to public service and prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century.

A nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization created by the former White House Chief of Staff and his wife, the Panetta Institute serves as a nonpartisan study center for the advancement of public policy, to help our communities and our country meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Institute seeks in particular to attract thoughtful men and women to lives of public service, inspiring them to a high standard of conduct and equipping them with the practical skills of self-government. Located at California State University, Monterey Bay, the Institute serves the entire CSU system.

Among its activities, the Institute coordinates the America Reads program for Monterey County and sponsors 16 congressional interns in Washington D.C., including CSUMB students Hilario Garcia and Kristine Spratt. Leon Panetta also teaches a CSUMB course entitled "Panetta's Perspectives."