Workshop Overview

This highly interactive three-hour virtual session has been customized specifically for elected officials and staff. Our guest facilitators from the Davenport Institute have designed this workshop with two areas of focus:

Effective Public Engagement: Tools and Techniques

An overview session on the current state of public engagement. How has it changed as a result of COVID? Who sets the agenda for inclusive engagement and how can you as an elected leader or staff develop a more inclusive engagement strategy?

Navigating Common Public Engagement Pitfalls

Public Engagement is challenging and imperfect. However, you can work towards effective public engagement by avoiding some common pitfalls and navigating through challenges that arise. What are those challenges? What are the best practices to respond to and mitigate issues during and after public engagement?

Registration Snapshot

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: The session will be conducted online via Zoom. Login information will be provided once registration is complete.

Pricing: $300/person for the first elected official or staff member from a given jurisdiction. 

Half price discount ($150) for board members from small districts (annual budget less than $2 million).

Jurisdiction Discount: $150/person ($75 for small districts) when additional officials from the same jurisdiction - e.g. other newly elected board members, veteran members, or city managers/county administrators - register for the program. 

Note: This professional certificate is offered as not-for-credit, and will not appear on your PSU transcript. 

Cancellations: To receive a full refund, a written request to drop/withdraw from a course must be received by the Program Coordinator by 5pm, 7 business days prior to the event.


Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna

Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna

Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna works with Davenport Institute Executive Director Maureen Tobin and a panel of trainers to help promote and coordinate training opportunities, identify participants and partners for certificate offerings, and foster relationships with potential hosts and strategic partners with an eye to new programming. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the National Steinbeck Center. Previously, she worked in Washington D.C. in communications, advocacy, and partner relations. Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna has served as Social Media Manager at Alliance Defending Freedom, Director of Communications at Young Americans for Liberty, and as Assistant Director at the Institute for the Study of Democracy and Liberalism at Long Island University. She has a Masters degree in English Education from Long Island University, a Masters in English Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Bachelors degrees in English and Philosophy from Boston University.

Alicia Weintraub, the mayor of Calabasas, California from 2019 to 2020.

Alicia Weintraub

Alicia Weintraub served as the mayor of Calabasas, California, from 2019 to 2020 and has been a board member of the Southern California Association of Government Transportation Committee since 2015 and the Foundation For Las Virgenes Schools since 2012. She is the past chair of the Lvusd Measure G Oversight Committee. Her past appointments include work on Las Virgenes Malibu Council of Governments, City of Calabasas Planning Commission, City of Calabasas Environmental Commission Ad Hoc Committee for Coyote Education, and City of Calabasas Bicycle Advisory Committee Member. Alicia Weintraub holds a Master of Public Policy with a specialization in Economics and Regional and Local Policy from Pepperdine University’s School Of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Minor In Education from the University of California in Los Angeles.