Outgoing California chief justice to lead public policy think tank

When California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced this summer that she would not seek another term on the bench, she said she did not plan to retire fully.

“My husband said, ‘You have to do something,'” she said with a smile.

Turns out she won’t be taking a break at all. Cantil-Sakauye becomes president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California on January 1, the day her term as chief justice ends. She will be 63 years old.

“I am both humbled and honored to have another opportunity to serve,” Cantil-Sakauye said in announcing his new position on Wednesday. “I understand that this role will be different from my current position and yet I believe that my skills and experience have prepared me well for this task.”

PPIC is a nonprofit think tank whose state mission is to “inform and improve public policy in California through independent, objective, and nonpartisan research.”

Cantil-Sakauye said she is “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?” she says.

Cantil-Sakauye will replace current PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare, who announced his retirement in March.

New PPIC board chairman Chet Hewitt said he “couldn’t be happier” to welcome Cantil-Sakauye to his new role, which he said the board had unanimously approved after “a rigorous research process”.

“Ultimately, we selected a CEO who has managed large organizations and budgets and a highly regarded leader who brings a track record of impartiality and a strong commitment to nonpartisan research and analysis,” he said. -he declares.

California Supreme Court Justice Patricia Guerrero was confirmed to replace Cantil-Sakauye as chief justice in January, if approved by voters in November.

Cantil-Sakauye, who was born in Sacramento, was the first person of color and second woman to serve as chief justice. She was sworn in as the state’s 28th Chief Justice in January 2011 for a 12-year term after being selected by the then Governor. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican.

During his tenure as leader, the seven justices of the California Supreme Court routinely agreed on decisions reflecting the court’s overall center-left orientation.

Los Angeles Times

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