2021 Stanford LGSI brochure imageThe California City Management Foundation has long has been a sponsor of the annual Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) seminar at Stanford University. LGSI is designed to present the best blend of the academic and the practitioner worlds to local government professionals who want to expand their outlook and skill set in this continually evolving field.

Each year the program selects a set of salient and pressing challenges for local government and brings together Stanford, industry, and local governance experts to help participants innovate appropriate solutions for their communities. This year, these will include the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 and recovery for local governments, equity and inclusiveness, navigating community advocacy group engagement, public safety reform, adaptive planning for wildfires and wildfire smoke impacts, and public housing and homelessness.

Register for the 2022 program

Registration is now is open for the 2022 program. Online applications are available. Admission reviews will continue throughout the summer until the cohort reaches capacity.

About the 2022 program

Please visit the LGSI informational page on the Stanford website and LGSI’s Facebook Page for more details.

LGSI@Stanford fosters active participation and provokes insightful discussion and debate on public management issues. This year will return to the in-person format. Sessions will be held on July 24-29 on the Stanford Campus and in Silicon Valley:

  • The Seminar opens with an opening reception on July 24th.
  • July 25th-29th — Seminar days @ Stanford and visits to Silicon Valley
  • July 29th — Program closing and farewell dinner 6-9pm


Tuition is $6,500 and includes instruction and materials.

Many program participants secure funds for training from their employer to support their participation at the Local Governance Summer Institute. If you are sponsored by your agency, please include an official letter from the sponsoring agency confirming their full financial support with your application. The letter should include the administrative requirements for processing the funds to Stanford. Personal funds may also cover the cost of the program.