PACIFIC COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL POLICY

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.pacificcouncil.org

Mission

The Pacific Council builds the capacity of LA and California to have impact on global issues, discourse, and policy.

Ruling year info

1995

President & CEO

Dr. Jerrold D. Green

Main address

725 South Figueroa Street Suite 450

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

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EIN

95-4520471

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Globally, we are seeing rising tides of nationalism and nativism that seem to signal a retreat from multilateral engagement. The negative rhetoric of these movements poses a real threat to the civic fabric and livelihoods of democracies around the world, and Angelenos in particular. Against this backdrop, the Pacific Council seeks to inspire a culture of global engagement, especially in LA and California. We take an approach to the world that reflects our geography, identity, and appreciation for the long-term international policy interests of the United States.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

PolicyWest

Every fall, the Pacific Council convenes up to 300 leaders from business, government, civic, and academic sectors to discuss, debate, and learn about the most pressing global issues of our time. The event takes places in Los Angeles. (Formerly known as Members Weekend.)

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

The Pacific Council convenes meetings and roundtables covering a variety of timely international issues. Recent speakers have included the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Honorable Condoleezza Rice, THE Honorable Madeleine Albright, the Honorable James B. Steinberg, Senator Dianne Feinstein, General Stanley A. McChrystal, General James Mattis, HRH Crown Prince Phillipe of Belgium, and Dr. Jorge Castañeda of Mexico, among others, including members of Congress, foreign leaders and dignitaries, and more. Speakers meet with Pacific Council members for in-depth discussions of global affairs.

Population(s) Served

Pacific Council delegations travel domestically and internationally to understand first-hand the issues, people, events, and trends that influence our world. Visits range from a full day on a Local Field Foray to a week on a Country Dialogue.

In fostering closer ties with leaders, thinkers, partners, and institutions that are shaping our world, delegates serve as ambassadors representing the Pacific Council during the visit and bring back new ideas upon return. In line with the Council's focus on connecting local experience to international issues, many of our trips will look closely at problems and solutions taking place in local communities both historically and presently, and how they relate to high levels of international policy and decision-making.

Population(s) Served

The Task Force Program is the Pacific Council’s policy incubator, where leaders from a variety of sectors work together based on common interest and expertise to develop practical, forward-thinking solutions to global challenges. Our intent is to have a direct and constructive effect on policy where we believe we can add value.

Population(s) Served

Our ongoing teleconference series connects members from across the country and world to experts and policymakers in order to address timely issues: recent calls have included conversations with the U.S. Ambassadors to Brazil and Mexico, the Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative in Paris, and the country director of the National Democratic Institute in South Sudan.

Population(s) Served

In addition to hosting in-person events featuring global leaders, the Council holds virtual conversations available to members and the public, with the goal to create a similar space for nonpartisan debate and dialogue as we do in person.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Pacific Council starts by promoting community awareness of global issues in order to create better policy outcomes. Citizens of Los Angeles must understand how international affairs impact their day-to-day personal and professional lives in order to make informed decisions. We bring new, credible voices from all backgrounds to be part of the conversations that shape U.S. foreign policy so that the result is reflective of the needs and values that are endemic to a diverse and global city like Los Angeles. We forge stronger community connections and institutional partnerships to build local leadership on global issues and leverage that network to contribute to policy outcomes driven by the needs of Los Angeles.

Leadership Development, Community Engagement, and Idea Incubation

We have a staff of ~16 based in LA and a network of ~1,300 members.

The Pacific Council’s activities—conferences, speaker events (virtual and in-person), volunteering, and impact programs that focus on global issues where LA is poised to make a difference— help to foster a global Los Angeles. We believe in an informed citizenry committed to global engagement for all, achieved through subnational diplomacy, community involvement, leadership development, and quality programming. Through all, we are committed to elevating diverse and underrepresented voices in foreign policy.

The Pacific Council starts with the individual – focusing on building Angelenos’ international awareness, developing skills for local and cross-cultural engagement, and providing opportunities for people to apply those skills on local issues with international ties. In 2019, member volunteers banded together to pick up trash on the beach in Santa Monica with California nonprofit Heal the Bay. Their teamwork resulted in more than 3,200 pieces of trash removed from the California coastline, a local gesture with global effects on our environment. In March 2019, a delegation of Angelenos traveled to El Paso and Ciudad Juárez to understand immigration policy and its reality on both sides of the border, bringing back lessons learned.
 
We also build cohorts of individuals and institutions to focus their collective efforts on issues where LA is poised to make a difference. Our Mexico Initiative—which provides a distinctly West Coast perspective to the U.S.-Mexico relationship— works through partnerships with local and Mexico City-based organizations. In September 2019 we launched the Mexico-Los Angeles Commission (MEXLA) in partnership with the Mayor’s office and partners in Mexico City, which connects leaders from 15 different industries in LA and Mexico to work on collaborative cross-border projects. In 2019 we also grew our corporate member program from six to 11 partners, helping more LA-based companies have an insider perspective on global affairs to inform their decision making.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PACIFIC COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL POLICY

Board of directors
as of 10/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Richard Goetz


Board co-chair

Robert Lovelace

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/05/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/05/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.