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Partnership West

Partnership West aims to deepen our impact with federal agencies in California, which employs approximately 150,000 civil servants, as well as several Western states. Read more about our Partnership West programming below.

Building Federal Talent Pipelines

Partnership West research and programs help agencies engage with colleges, universities, and other sources of talent to identify and recruit vital new staff and provide candidates with pathways into federal work.  

Our reports have mapped out anticipated hiring needs in California and examined how federal agencies in the state can strengthen their talent pipelines by recruiting, hiring and retaining job seekers without a four-year degree. We also provide academic institutions and community-based organizations with relevant material to help them support job seekers and host federal hiring fairs to help agencies fill important entry-level positions.  


This issue brief provides an overview of federal entry-level talent needs in California, discusses recruiting and hiring challenges and offers strategies agencies can use to get quality talent in the door.

California has the highest number of federal employees outside the Washington, D.C. area, but agencies in the state still face challenges in attracting quality young talent. To address this issue, the Partnership and the James Irvine Foundation wrote a report examining how federal agencies in California can strengthen their talent pipelines by recruiting, hiring and retaining job seekers without a four-year degree.

Creating Communities of Collaboration and Innovation 

Partnership West helps federal agencies engage and collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to solve complex challenges.  

Our work has brought together federal, state and local agencies to help Northern California improve its disaster resilience and identifying bright spots and challenges related to collaboration, documented in the report, “The Golden State of Collaboration: Fostering Intergovernmental and Cross-Sector Partnerships in California.”


This issue brief summarizes key themes from roundtable discussions hosted between October 2019 and January 2020 by the Partnership, X Sector Labs and the San Francisco Federal Executive Board, and outlines actions that could increase the number of effective partnerships in California, especially those involving the federal government.

Developing a Rising Generation of Federal Leadership 

Partnership West draws on our existing curriculum to develop federal leaders located on the West Coast and identify specific leadership needs in regional settings.  

Partnership West helps new federal employees and aspiring federal managers in Southern California hone their leadership skills through facilitated cross-agency collaboration. Organized in concert with the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board, the Public Service Leadership Circle provides participants with the resources—from facilitated discussions to guest speakers—to become more effective leaders and make an impact at their agencies.

Partnership Blog

April 27, 2022

Partnerships across levels of government are critical to responding to national emergencies. We’re sharing three strategies from previous successful partnerships to demonstrate how federal agencies can promote effective intergovernmental collaboration.

March 04, 2022

Overall, there are fewer women employees in government, and they tend to hold more junior positions. Federally Employed Women, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the status of women in the federal workforce, is working to address this issue by offering resources that can help bring more women into government and support their career advancement.

October 15, 2021

As California’s climate and environmental crises continue to intensify, increased coordination between federal and state agencies will be essential. To help the state better address these critical issues, we offer key recommendations for bolstering collaboration across agencies, between levels of government, and with organizations in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

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