About Us

Californians know that the time to fix our state’s economy is now. People from every region are standing up and demanding change. We must create real and intelligent remedies that will attract capital, generate jobs and encourage sustainable, resilient communities all over California.

In 2012, California Forward, a bipartisan good government reform effort to improve performance and democracy, and the California Stewardship Network, an alliance promoting economic vitality, hosted the first California Economic Summit.

The Summit connected regional and state leaders to develop a shared agenda to generate jobs and improve regional competitiveness. Leading up to the exciting Summit event, regional forums were held around the state to identify economic opportunities and set priorities for state and regional action. The Summit brought together state, regional and community champions to collaborate and adopt initatives for fueling job creation and creating a stronger economy.

2019 California Economic Summit

The 2019 Summit was held in Fresno on November 7 and 8. Thanks goes to everyone who attended, supported and planned the Summit this year.

You can read related stories on the 2019 Summit blog archive. If you would like to watch a recording of portions of the Summit program from Friday, November 8, please go to caeconomy.org/livestream.

Also, please remember that the California Economic Summit is not just an event, it’s a year-round endeavor. Look out for the release of the 2020 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity in January and stay engaged:

Questions? Contact us at info@caeconomy.org or 916-491-0022.

 


Summit News

To keep up with the Summit as we get closer to the big event:


Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Learn here how your organization can contribute to this vital, statewide effort.

Roadmap & Resources

  • Read the Summit's latest Roadmap to Shared Prosperity for specific, common sense steps we can take now to help the California economy.

  • Dig into in-depth reports and action plans from the Summit on our Resources page.

Summit Leadership and Partners

Honorary Summit Chairs

Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
George Shultz, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Leon Panetta, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator

Summit Co-Chairs

Janet Napolitano, University of California
Timothy P. White, California State University
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges
Lenny Mendonca, Chief Economic & Business Advisor to the Governor
Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation
Dave Regan, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West
Ashley Swearengin, Central Valley Community Foundation
James Gore, California State Association of Counties
Laura Tyson, University of California, Berkeley
Sunne Wright McPeak, California Emerging Technology Fund
Steve Westly, The Westly Group
Kate Roberts, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Summit Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Ashley Swearengin, Central Valley Community Foundation
Kate Roberts, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Summit Steering Committee

Bill Allen, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Matt Bogoshian, American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative
Kristin Connelly, East Bay Leadership Council
Oscar Chavez, Sonoma County
Lisa Downey, Morgan Family Foundation
Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Prosperity Center
Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council
Jim Gollub, Gollub and Associates
Paul Granillo, Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight

Glenda Humiston, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jim Mayer, California Forward
Kate Meis, Local Government Commission
Kathleen Moxon, Redwood Coast Rural Action
Bill Mueller, Valley Vision (Sacramento Region)
Cynthia Murray, North Bay Leadership Council
Deborah Nankivell, Fresno Business Council
Pete Peterson, Pepperdine University
Mark Pisano, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Alma Salazar, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Stenslie, Economic Development Collaborative – Ventura County
Duf Sundheim, GPS Mediation
Pete Weber, California Bridge Academies
Greg Wendt, Stakeholders Capital

Fresno Regional Host Committee Co-chairs

Mayor Lee Brand
Tara Lynn Gray, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
Emilia Reyes, First 5 Fresno County
Pete Weber, California Forward

Summit Work Group Leads

Prosperous Economies, Thriving Workers

Matt Bogoshian, American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative
Lance Hastings, California Manufacturing Technologies Association
Glenda Humiston, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Greg Norton, Rural County Representatives of California
Bruce Stenslie, Economic Development Collaborative – Ventura County

Housing, Mobility and Connectivity

Mark Pisano, USC Senior Fellow
Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Kate Meis, Local Government Commission
Matt Horton, Milken Institute

Lifelong Learning

Alma Salazar, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Marty Alvarado, California Community Colleges, State Chancellor’s Office
Pete Weber, California Bridge Academies

Ecosystem Vitality and Working Landscapes

Glenda Humiston, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Photo credit: Will Bucquoy/CAFwd

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