The Maddy Institute

About The Maddy Institute

The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute was established in 1999 by an unanimous vote of the California Legislature in honor of Senator Ken Maddy, becoming the first public policy and public affairs institute to be established by the California Legislature. In 2019, The Maddy Institute signed a ground-breaking agreement with the California State University campuses at Fresno, Bakersfield and Stanislaus, as well as the University of California, Merced (the San Joaquin Valley’s four public universities), becoming the first public policy and public affairs institute in the nation to operate under the auspices of four major regional universities.

Our mission is to help prepare current and future Valley leaders, inspire citizen participation, elevate government performance, provide non-partisan analysis and assist in providing solutions for public policy issues important to the region, state and nation.

Over the years, The Maddy Institute has provided over 400 legislative interns to students from throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Maddy Alumni are now not only in elected office at the State and local level, but work in a variety of political offices, businesses and non-profit organizations across the Valley.


Student Intern

June 2021 - August 2021 Fresno, CA
“I liked how I got to do a lot of research and learn about different policy issues in different counties. Truly opened my eyes to all the disparities some communities face —which only reaffirmed my reason for being there in first place! ”
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