When her term expires in January (see here), Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will become president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California.

PPIC says, “We believe in the power of good information to build a brighter future. We pride ourselves on the independence and rigor of our peer-reviewed work. . . . We encourage civil, productive dialogue that inspires sustainable policy solutions in Sacramento and around the state. Our events feature viewpoints across the political spectrum, promoting constructive, thoughtful, and respectful discussions about the issues that matter most to California.”

In a press release, the Chief Justice said, “I am both humbled and honored to have another opportunity to serve. I understand this role will be different from my current one and yet I believe my skillset and experience have prepared me well for this task. I am fully committed to PPIC’s nonpartisan mission and efforts to improve public policy in California through independent research — without a thumb on the scale. After all, who can say ‘no’ to facts?” (Unfortunately, there is a long list of people who can and do say “no” to facts, but the Chief’s optimistic outlook is commendable.)

Think tanks are becoming the new landing spot for retiring Supreme Court justices. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar left the court a year ago to serve as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Chief Justice in conversation at Public Policy Institute