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Deputy Director - Policy & Communications
Justin Ewers is the deputy director of policy and communications for the California Economic Summit, an effort to create jobs and encourage sustainable communities across California. As lead author of the Summit's Roadmap to Shared Prosperity, Justin heads up a policy and reporting team highlighting the progress of a broad range of Summit initiatives--from aligning workforce training programs with industry and expanding access to affordable housing to developing new funding streams for infrastructure investments.
At California Forward, Justin works at the nexus of policy development and communications that drives the organization’s efforts to build a more transparent, performance-oriented government. From 2010-2012, he worked on the communications team supporting Speak Up California, a statewide conversation about the importance of governance reform. He also served as the lead author of the Smart Government Framework, a strategic action plan for reforming the state’s governance system.
Prior to his work for California Forward, Justin spent a decade in journalism, most recently as California correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, where he covered state politics and Silicon Valley.
Justin holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University.
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