California Economic Summit

The 2022 California Economic Summit is coming to Bakersfield on October 27-28. See you there!

The Summit’s bipartisan network of business, equity, environmental and civic organizations is unique in championing solutions that meet the triple bottom line — balancing equity, environmental sustainability and economic growth.

Fireside Chat Governor Gavin Newsom and Lenny Mendonca

Watch the recording of Governor Gavin Newsom’s fireside chat with CA Fwd Leadership Council Member Lenny Mendonca during the 2021 California Economic Summit.


Produced by California Forward in partnership with the California Stewardship Network, the Summit influences CA FWD’s ongoing movement to make the government and economy work for everyone. The two-day Summit is designed to create a shared economic agenda known as the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity and strengthen the Summit network, setting the stage for collective action in 2023.

October 27, 2022

Interactive in-person plenary and work group sessions to advance Summit goals — along with receptions, regional tours and artistic performances

October 28, 2022

Dynamic plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers, state policy leaders, regional business and civic leaders on critical issues facing California


There is no more critical moment to recommit to collaboration and to find different ways to address our most pressing challenges. Shaping California’s future to ensure families, communities and future generations have the opportunity to achieve the California is what we’re all about.

Watch our recap video from the 2021 California Economic Summit:

Governor Newsom Joins Day One Of The 2021 California Economic Summit In Monterey

Investing in California’s communities with a regions-up approach, including through a new $600 million fund, was the theme of the morning

Committing to An Equitable, Sustainable Future Takes Center Stage at California Economic Summit Day Two

Celebrating broadband efforts and highlighting new initiatives to invest in communities were the themes of the day


At the 2021 Summit, we welcomed former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva, Robert Rivas, Blanca Rubio, Jim Cooper, Carlos Villapudua, and Rudy Salas — all joining impressive line-up of speakers that also included Senator Anna Caballero; Paul Markovich, CEO of Blue Shield of California; Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation; Kate Roberts, president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership; Tara Lynn Gray, director of the Small Business Advocate; and, members of CA FWD’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, among others. 


2022 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity

The 2022 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity is based on the input of hundreds of participants at the 2021 Summit, our partners in the California Stewardship Network, and members of the CA FWD Young Leaders Advisory Council.

The Roadmap combines the best thinking and strategies from across the state and highlights key action areas in 2022 including strengthening education from cradle to career, stewarding productive and resilient landscapes, bridging the digital divide, expanding home ownership, investing in small businesses owned by people of color, and more.