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Pepperdine University


Pete Peterson


Dean, School of Public Policy



As one of America’s leading Christian universities, Pepperdine University supports the mission and work of public interest tech in making our governing institutions more transparent and responsive to the needs of the public. Through our Davenport Institute for Public Engagement (based at our School of Public Policy), we continue to utilize our Challenge Grant funding to train local government officials in the art and science of “smart communities” leadership. Moreover, we’re also training first responders to better apply technology in disaster response. In all of our efforts in this field – inside and outside the classroom – our focus remains on using technology to promote greater civic participation.

Jay Brewster, Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Career Pipeline/Placement; Educational Offerings

SALUS GIS Workshops & Learning Community

Principal Investigator

Pooja DiGiovannaAssistant Director for Professional Education, Davenport Institute

Career Pipeline/Placement

Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy – Leading Smart Communities – Professional Certificate

The “Leading Smart Communities” Professional Certificate will offer current early- to mid-career local government leaders (elected and staff) important training in the latest ways technology can make their governing institutions more transparent, inclusive, and responsive to their residents.

Principal Investigator

Ashley Labosier, Executive Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership