Cal Cities Speaker Series presents: Tani Cantil-Sakauye, President and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California and former Chief Justice of California

May 31, 2023 1:00 PM-2:00 PM


Tani Cantil-Sakauye is a trailblazer and leader of one of the state’s most respected think tanks, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Before taking the helm as PPIC President and CEO, Cantil-Sakauye was the Chief Justice of California, the first person of color, the first Filipina American, and the second woman to serve in the role.

Join Cantil-Sakauye as she shares insights about leading California’s top court and her vision for PPIC, whose influential work guides many of the state’s policies. Cantil-Sakauye will also reflect on her experiences in leadership, and how her life in the courtroom continues to influence her work in shaping California public policy.

The conversation will be moderated by Cal Cities Executive Director and CEO Carolyn Coleman.

Register now! Registration is offered at no charge as a benefit for Cal Cities members and Cal Cities Partners. Please review Cal Cities’ event and meeting policies.

About the Speaker 

Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the President and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California. From 2011 to 2022, she served as the 28th Chief Justice of California and led the Judicial Council — the constitutional policy and rulemaking body of the judicial branch. She is the first person of color and the second woman to serve as the state’s Chief Justice. Before that, she served more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts and was elevated to higher office by three governors. Earlier in her career she served as a deputy district attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and on the senior staff of Gov, George Deukmejian, first as deputy legal affairs secretary and later as a deputy legislative secretary. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor from the University of California, Davis.

About the Cal Cities Speaker Series

The Cal Cities Speaker Series features government leaders and policy experts sharing insights on big picture issues and trends that matter most to cities. Our speakers, like our cities, have diverse perspectives and Cal Cities is excited to provide meaningful dialogue that engages, enlightens, and inspires.

Registration must be completed by noon on May 30. This webinar is complimentary to Cal Cities members and Cal Cities Partners. Nonmember cities and other government entities will be charged $150. Please note that registration is limited to 1,000 people.

For questions about webinar registration, please contact Megan Dunn. For all other questions, please contact Christina George.