The Maddy Institute was established in 1999 with a mission to elevate citizen participation and government performance at all levels through leadership education for public service.
The Maddy Institute focuses on three primary activities:
Citizen Participation: To engage citizens of all ages to become active citizens, the Maddy Institute encourages citizen participation through informed political dialogue.
Policy Research: The Maddy Institute, though its public affairs programming and seminars, strives to present thoughtful, non-partisan, discussions that rely on a fact-based, objective analysis of the important public policy issues facing the San Joaquin Valley, California and the Nation.
Leadership Training: The Maddy Institute strives to both improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government, as well as preparing the next generation of public, private and community leaders.
The institute was funded by a $1 million endowment from the state and named to honor Maddy, a Fresno State graduate and respected public servant who represented the Valley in the state Legislature for nearly three decades. The Maddy Institute selects five to 10 Fresno State upper division students each year as Maddy Scholar-Interns. They are placed on assignment in government offices in Washington, Sacramento or Fresno.