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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 communities all over California.

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

2017 California Economic Summit

Registration is now open for the 2017 California Economic Summit, which will take place in San Diego on November 2-3. The 2017 Summit marks the sixth annual gathering of private, public and civic leaders from across California's diverse regions.

Participating in the Summit's year-round process with the goal of expanding opportunity for all, the broad network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations will together to craft strategies to improve upward mobility, build more housing, create a strong workforce, and strengthen the state's water systems.

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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

Bill Mueller, Valley Vision (Sacramento Region)
Laurie Madigan, Madigan Consulting, Inc.

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

Kathleen Moxon, Redwood Coast Rural Action
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
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


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


Cathy Creswell, Creswell Consulting
Ray Pearl, California Housing Consortium


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


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


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2018 Roadmap Tout /
What is the California Economic Summit doing to reignite the state's economy, keep the state competitive and create jobs for Californians?
Read the Summit's policy guide for taking on the imperative of upward mobility in California.
Highlighting regional work to better connect employers and education 
Special series on California's housing crisis & local solutions
to the problem