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. For the 2021 program, these will include the challenges of COVID-19 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 2021 program

Registration is now is open for the 2021 program. Online applications are available. Admission reviews will continue throughout the summer until the cohort reaches capacity.

About the 2021 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. The program has temporarily adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by transforming the 2021 seminar into a hybrid virtual/in-person program:

  • The Seminar opens with a virtual orientation and meet-and-greet Thursday evening, September 23rd.
  • The first full virtual working session will start September 24th, after which online seminars will be held once a week on each Friday through October 22nd.
  • LGSI will hold an in-person workshop and culmination on the Stanford campus during the last week of the program (October 27th – 29th).
  • In addition, each participant will be matched with an experienced local government manager who will serve as a mentor during the program. They will meet, virtually, on a schedule of their choosing, at least three times.


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.