About IPPS

“Innovative Pathways to Public Service” is a cross-sector collaborative of organizations focused on youth and workforce development. We are leaders from education (K-12 and community college), workforce development, municipal and state government agencies, and regional community and business partners that want to align efforts for more intentional, effective pathways into public service.

Innovative Pathways to Public Service

Youth connect with Sacramento City Councilmembers Eric Guerra & Jay Schenirer after a dialogue about youth concerns for their city


We are committed to developing a robust public sector pipeline and engaging in challenging work and authentic dialogue to align programs and services that support public sector employment and training. Our goal is to establish Innovative Pathways to Public Service as the regional advisory body for promoting a public sector talent pipeline of diverse youth and young adults.

Innovative Pathways to Public Service (IPPS) is focused on building bridges and working in new and strengthened relations. Together, the partners desire and are building a new paradigm of effective, data-driven strategies for attracting, developing and retaining talent. Through creative branding /marketing, partners can inspire a sustainable culture of innovation, increase diversity and ensure government employees resemble our communities. Through a collaborative, informal network, this dedicated cohort of stakeholders are champions of change in the development of and engagement with a new generation of the public sector workforce.

IPPS began as a “public sector workforce pilot project” under two distinct grants. Thank you to the the original funders, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Workforce Development Board’s Workforce Accelerator Fund, for supporting the foundation of our work and providing systems-changing support.

Students and county staff connect during Youth in Government Day

Youth in Government Day

Civics education and public sector career awareness is the goal for Youth in Government Day. Both Placer and Sacramento Counties have teamed up with local school districts to provide opportunities to young people to learn about structure and functions of the county and the diverse array of careers.