Nadine Ono


Nadine Ono is a correspondent for California Forward. She started her career as a writer for television news shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. She then moved into the public relations arena where she worked with a variety of clients including municipalities, non-profits and major corporations.



A model for achieving housing goals takes shape in Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, the County and employers advance plans for recovering homes lost in fires, dealing with larger housing crisis Read More

Sonoma County builds framework for resiliency after destructive wildfires
Plan includes improving warning systems, retrofitting homes, and upgrading utility infrastructure Read More

Career seekers find the future of facility management in California is bright
College responds to demand in the sector as more workers retire, green standards take effect Read More

California Community College students can earn, display certificates via LinkedIn
Colleges partner with the social media and networking site to offer free classes, certifications Read More

Cybersecurity contest challenges California students to explore high-paying career path
Increasing cyber threats are expanding the skilled worker demand in the sector, creating big opportunities for grads Read More

View from the Summit: Helping regions stay resilient and rise together
Day Two of Summit honored stewards of California and workforce partnerships elevating Californians Read More

View from the Summit: Resiliency in the wake of fires and more brings focus, urgency to work
Day One of the 2018 Summit introduced new economic priorities for the year and poignant reminders of dislocation Read More

University of California’s Glenda Humiston wins 2018 California Steward Leader Award
Bringing rural issues and the state's working landscapes to the forefront helped earned leader annual Summit award Read More

Partnerships between manufacturers and educators can power the state’s economy
College collaborations are training the next generation of a needed workforce for good-paying manufacturing jobs Read More

Pre-apprenticeship launches SoCal aerospace students into workforce pipeline
Workforce prep program equips engineering students with valuable job experience Read More

How to spur prosperity in overlooked rural California and benefit the entire state
Three ways the CA Economic Summit aims to improve the economic portrait of rural parts of the state Read More

California tree die-off could help bring new life to rural economies
How next-generation biomass industry could help with sustainability and economic development Read More

Day Two: Spotlight turns to opening up access to higher education at 2017 Summit
California's current and next generation of leaders prescribed ways to fight growing economic insecurity Read More

Day One: 2017 Summit aims to elevate Californians into the middle class
Gubernatorial candidates and a new initiative to expand prosperity into rural regions marked first day Read More

California college creates career pathway to train needed imaging techs
Very few formal programs exist to train on expensive, advanced equipment Read More

Modern water demands help irrigation technology program thrive at Central Valley college
Need for trained workforce expanded as need for water efficiency, innovation in agriculture also grew Read More

Central Valley partnership readies underserved locals to fill construction workforce demand
Pre-apprenticeship saves time and money by better preparing new workers to enter skilled labor pipeline Read More

Program awarding credit for experience helps fast forward college for working Californians
Central Valley college district program designed to attract workers looking to move up in their industry Read More

New Community College Pilot Helps Internationally Trained Nurses Obtain California State License
Internationally trained nurses face a difficult barrier to practice in California. Grossmont College's Single Subject Course pilot is one example of improving the workforce pipeline by providing international healthcare workers access to courses needed obtain their state license Read More

Award-winning female welding student persists through sparks and stereotypes
Following father's footsteps into welding, California college student aims to inspire more women Read More

Pasadena complex takes bite out of growing demand for senior affordable housing
Resident went from homeless at 60 to living in one of 70 new one-bedroom units Read More

Online tool helps Monterey public, business and advocates weigh in on housing projects
Platform helps engage more people who can advocate for more housing in expensive region Read More

Survey shows impact of costly L.A. housing on employer-employee relationship
Area employers acknowledge housing costs causing more workers to commute even longer Read More

Housing crisis takes center stage at Pasadena candidate forum
While city has reduced homelessness, professionals living in SoCal suburb worry about affording a house Read More

Affordable housing complex gives artists a refuge from SoCal housing crisis
Glendale apartments for working artists includes art gallery and rents designed to help artists stay in the community Read More

Summit: Strong supply of housing and water key to upward mobility in California
Leaders at 2016 Summit also turned attention to addressing state's housing crisis and water management problems Read More

Day Two: Reinforcing California’s higher education system for the future critical to workforce pipeline
California leaders at Summit sound alarm about low educational attainment and needed investment into higher education  Read More

Challenges of housing, workforce and water take spotlight on Day One of 2016 Summit
Action teams gathered to brainstorm ideas that tackle top issues putting a drag on California's upward mobility Read More

How California’s lack of affordable housing can take toll on human health
The struggle to cover housing needs and other costs can lead to toxic levels of stress and poor decision making. Read More

Entertainment “boot camp” at California college lights up pathway into industry
With a huge entertainment sector nearby, a L.A. college teaches skills needed in job market via a free program Read More

Can micro apartments play a big part in bridging California’s housing gap?
Bay Area developer of smaller apartments prescribes three ideas to boost housing stock and affordability Read More

California agriculture company grows housing stock for employees
Housing costs have impaired farm workers' ability to live and work in Monterey Bay region for vital seasonal jobs. Read More

Housing crisis prompts Marin County to boost affordable housing trust fund
Most of Marin's workforce commutes from outside the county, where a median single-family home costs $1 million. Read More

Santa Ana aims to fill sizable affordable housing gap
New housing hasn't matched low-income need in Orange County city where more than 20 percent of residents live in poverty Read More

New trust helps fund affordable housing in Monterey Bay region
Housing fund organization sets goal to build more than 12,000 units in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties Read More

Irvine deploys land trust to build affordable housing in pricey Orange County
How a nonprofit land trust worked to build permanent workforce housing after affordable units began disappearing Read More

“Artist loft” project aiming to bring affordable housing, creative space to Truckee approved
Development to be completed by 2018 designed to fill need for local workforce housing and live/work space Read More

Report: California renters bear increasing burden of housing costs vs. income
In several counties, renters need to earn more than three times the minimum wage to pay rent. Read More

Santa Barbara explores ways to house its workforce close to jobs and transit
Sporting pricey real estate and hemmed in by geography, city rehabs housing and employs other strategies to create affordable housing for workers from local businesses. Read More

Alameda County takes lead in identifying affordable housing funds
Highlighting local housing efforts, as the Bay Area gets more expensive and counties continue to deal with the loss of redevelopment funds.  Read More

Alameda County affordable housing complex aims to rejuvenate block, local economy
In Bay Area county that needs nearly 60,000 more affordable units, complex will help low-income families, at-risk youth and provide retail space.  Read More

West Sacramento continues push for affordable housing
Low-income residents of Yolo County would need to make $21.25 an hour to afford a two-bedroom rental. Read More

Summit generated ideas to better manage California’s long-term water issues
Attendees put their heads together to create real actions to conserve, capture and reuse 1 million acre-feet of water every year. Read More

Summit sharpened strategies to take on California’s affordable housing crisis
Action plan to address challenge to build 1 million more affordable homes emerged from Day 2 of the 2015 California Economic Summit in Ontario. Read More

Summit Day 2 results in actions to create 1 million more skilled California workers
Attendees brainstormed strategies to close the skills gap and improve the workforce pipeline which faces a shortage of 1 million credentialed workers over the next decade. Read More

Challenges of Inland Empire economy in spotlight on day one of California Economic Summit
Region called living laboratory for the future of the economy as Summit participants gather in Ontario for annual Summit event Read More

Affordable, energy-efficient housing project planned in increasingly expensive Oakland
Zero net energy development close to BART coming to an Alameda County that faces severe shortage of affordable housing units  Read More

Central Valley families build their own homes in affordable housing program
Low-income families and first-time homebuyers work together to construct their own affordable houses Read More

Growing senior population looks across Stanislaus County’s widening housing affordability gap
Region lacks housing funds for growing group with distinct needs Read More

How badly needed affordable housing in San Diego benefits community health
Loss of housing funds combined with increasing costs forcing San Diegans to spend more income on rent. Read More

L.A.‘s worsening housing affordability leading to overcrowding
Housing costs in Los Angeles region place growing strain on low-income earners and the livability of SoCal communities.  Read More

Lack of affordable housing in Inland Empire placing bigger economic burden on low-income families
Most low-income families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are spending more than 50 percent of income on rent.  Read More

California community college combats Latino higher education gap
Santa Rosa Junior College programs create clearer pathways into post-secondary programs for local high school students. Read More

Program gets modern manufacturing equipment and training into cash-strapped schools
Pricey manufacturing equipment a luxury for many schools teaching the next generation of manufacturing workers.  Read More

STEM mentor rockets Silicon Valley drop-out out of poverty into success
Entrepreneur gives back through STEM camps which can benefit the workforce of the high-tech regional economy and help close education gap. Read More

Education gap creates STEM job gap for Latinos in Silicon Valley
Latinos in region are 30 percent of population but only 3 percent of local high-tech workforce Read More

STEM equity tours show young women a future in manufacturing
Tours are part of effort to boost homegrown workforce for jobs available in region Read More

STEM tours show students high-tech manufacturing careers in their backyard
Ventura County students get firsthand look at needed high-skill jobs Read More

L.A. program gives Latino-owned businesses a leg up with loans
Media company, bank and small business center parter up Read More

Community college leaders respond to President’s tuition-free plan
Ambitious proposal could help close skills gap Read More

UC center strives to boost STEM education earlier in students’ lives
Robotics contests just one way to close 1 million worker deficit Read More

Outreach program calls up veterans into goods movement industry
SoCal workforce initiative capitalizes on veteran experience Read More

Report looks at where Millennials work and how much they make
Generation finding employment but lower wages Read More

Crossing digital divide helps Central Valley farming thrive
Wired and wireless broadband key to rural economic development Read More

Recognizing role of California farmland in economic and environmental goals
Summit members weigh in on state emissions program Read More

Drought pushes Central Valley farming and technology closer together
Drought makes new water tech invaluable to agriculture here Read More

Skills gap means missed opportunity for workers with some college experience
Gap of 1.5 million skilled workers added to workforce deficit Read More

Workforce dashboard to improve education approved by Governor
Gathering data on student progress essential to workforce prep Read More

Report: Skills gap to accelerate healthcare worker shortage in California
State will need 450,000 more healthcare workers Read More