Associate, Public Policy Analyst

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Department: Milken Institute California Center at the Center for Regional Economics

The Milken Institute is looking for a Public Policy Analyst with experience in regional economic development, legislative and workforce analysis and a desire to address critical challenges facing decision-makers in the public and private sectors to join our California Center. This position will provide broad policy, legislative, data research and analytical support across California Center policy areas including human capital development, housing, infrastructure, and other key California industries. Previous legislative experience a plus.

The Public Policy Analyst will work collaboratively both internally and externally to conduct targeted outreach to develop and promote California Center programming with leaders throughout the state.  In addition, this position will coordinate activities related to a wide range of the Center’s projects and events, including the annual Milken Institute Global Conference, annual California Summit, and other events involving leaders from policy, business, academia, and philanthropy from around the state.

Based in our Santa Monica headquarters, and interacting with the world’s foremost leaders in economics, business, finance, education, and public policy, the Public Policy Associate role will provide an outstanding opportunity to contribute to influential programming and reports that will be considered by state and federal policymakers and business leaders.



-       Establish and maintain relationships with  government officials and business leaders

-       Monitor state and federal legislation on a variety of issues

-       Assist with advocacy efforts at both the state and federal level

-       Write research reports, advocacy materials and event collateral

-       Coordinate California Center projects and engagements with internal and external stakeholders

-       Develop and maintain stakeholder working groups to address key priorities for the Center

-       Contributes to the planning and execution of CA Center events



-       Undergraduate degree required with 2-5 years’ experience in government, business analysis and/or public policy.  Master’s degree or higher preferred. 

-       Experience establishing and developing relationships with key policymakers, business leaders, and stakeholders across the state

-       An understanding of key policy issues facing California, including, but not limited to: human capital development, housing, and infrastructure

-       Ability to conduct analysis and policy research across various industry sectors

-       Strong writing ability, especially related to research reports, white papers, blogs and other correspondence

-       Experience in developing PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets

-       Excellent written and oral communication skills over a wide array of communication platforms, including social media

-       Must be a self-starter who takes initiative

-       Ability to work as part of a team and perform under deadline pressure

-       Attention to detail and high standards of excellence 


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