The mission of the IOP is to locate men and women with outstanding leadership potential, and bring them together in an educational program designed to endow each with a solid foundation in the exigencies of practical politics and government. It is the hope of the IOP to prepare these emerging leaders for entry into public life – as candidates for public office, government officials, citizen activists or as journalists who will cover the political arena.

Ultimately, the IOP’s goal is to improve the overall quality of political leadership in New Orleans and the surrounding region.

The IOP is nondiscriminatory, nonpartisan, and does not participate in campaigns on behalf of issues, causes, or candidates for office. It is solely concerned with the political education of the fellows who take part in the Institute.