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.

2018 California Economic Summit

Coming to Santa Rosa on November 15-16!

The Summit's broad and diverse network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations will craft strategies to improve upward mobility, build more housing, create a strong workforce, and strengthen the state's water sustainability.

  • November 15: Interactive plenary and breakout sessions to advance Summit goals.
  • November 16: Plenary session featuring state policy leaders in conversation with regional business and civic leaders on critical issues facing California.
  • Networking opportunities throughout!

NEW THIS YEAR! Sonoma County partners will host policy specific tours of the region on November 14, as well as fun and enriching activities that will entice you to explore Sonoma County over the weekend (November 17-18). Save the dates and sign up for our newsletter to receive information as these events are announced.

Note: Optional activities may require an additional registration fee.


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

George Shultz, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Leon Panetta, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator

Summit Co-Chairs


Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Janet Napolitano, University of California
Timothy P. White, California State University
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges
Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation
Dave Regan, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West
Ashley Swearengin, Central Valley Community Foundation
Antonia Hernandez, California Community Foundation
James Gore, California State Association of Counties
Laura Tyson, University of California, Berkeley
Sunne Wright McPeak, California Emerging Technology Fund
Steve Westly, CA State Controller (former), The Westly Group

Summit Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Oscar Chavez, Sonoma County
Ashley Swearengin, Central Valley Community Foundation

Summit Steering Committee

Bill Allen, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Bud Colligan, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
Kristin Connelly, East Bay Leadership Council
Cathy Creswell, Creswell Consulting
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
Jennifer LeSar, LeSar Development Consultants
Kate Meis, Local Government Commission
Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey & Company (emeritus)
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
Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community Colleges, State Chancellor’s Office
Micah Weinberg, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Greg Wendt, Stakeholders Capital

Summit Action Team Leads

Advancing Manufacturing

Matt Bogoshian, REV
Chris Harrington, Toshiba America Information Systems (retired) and Orange County Business Council

Capital

Jim Gollub, Gollub and Associates
Greg Wendt, Stakeholders Capital
Seth Wilson, Cutting Edge Capital

Housing

Cathy Creswell, Creswell Consulting
Ray Pearl, California Housing Consortium

Infrastructure

Mark Pisano, USC Senior Fellow
Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Workforce

Alma Salazar, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community Colleges, State Chancellor’s Office

Working Landscapes

Glenda Humiston, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
A.G. Kawamura, Solutions from the Land Dialogue


Photo credit: Violeta Vaqueiro/CAFwd

2018 Roadmap Tout /
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Read the Summit's policy guide for taking on the imperative of upward mobility in California.
Preparing CA's workforce for technological shifts in the economy
Special series on California's housing crisis & local solutions
to the problem