CivicSpark is a partnership of the Local Government Commission and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research with other organizations supporting the program.

  • Local Government Commission: A nonprofit with over 30 years of broad expertise in supporting local government policies and projects, the LGC is CivicSpark’s overall program manager, providing statewide program infrastructure and overall fellow and local government support, coordinating training, and ensuring that performance goals are met.
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Research: California’s comprehensive state planning agency is committed to assisting and supporting the planning and development of sustainable communities. OPR will work to ensure that CivicSpark aligns with state goals and project teams are using the cutting-edge tools and resources.
  • Regional Partners: Several organizations that have already engaged in regional climate efforts with broad stakeholder networks will engage local governments in CivicSpark and provide regional understanding and support to regional teams.
  • Encore Fellows: CivicSpark also includes retired professionals who share their project management expertise with the next generation. Encore Fellows serve as regional coordinators, providing day-to-day guidance for CivicSpark fellows and also act as project managers for the teams.
  • CaliforniaVolunteers: This State office manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Californians engaged in service and volunteering.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service: The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs – Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and the Social Innovation Fund.

Regional Partners

To learn more about our partners you can visit their websites below, or read about them on our 2014-15 program portfolio pages.


Regional Partner

Central Coast San Luis Obispo Air District
Southern California Southern California Association of Governments
Los Angeles Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability
North Coast Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Sacramento Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
San Diego San Diego Climate Collaborative
San Francisco Bay Area Association of Bay Area Governments
San Joaquin Valley Local Government Commission
Sierra Nevada Sierra Business Council

Help Us Build Stronger Communities and Future Leaders

SUCCESS NOW: Each year, 48 CivicSpark fellows – organized in nine regional “climate readinesss teams” – will work with cities, schools and other public agencies to implement nearly 100 local climate projects such as greenhouse gas inventories, complete streets plans and campaigns to help residents conserve water. With the extra push, technical assistance, and practical resources from CivicSpark, these projects will succeed, and move communities towards a healthier, safer and more resilient future.

FUTURE LEADERS: Through their work on these innovative, real-world projects, our young CivicSpark fellows will gain exceptional career experience, preparing them to be the future leaders in California’s response to climate change.

There are many ways you and your organization can get involved with CivicSpark and its local projects.