California Forward (CA FWD) leads a statewide movement, bringing people together across communities, regions and interests to improve government and create inclusive, sustainable growth for everyone.
A 501(c)(3) organization, CA FWD drives collective action to identify solutions that can be taken to scale to meet the challenges the state is facing. The organization is driven by the belief that this collective action will help ensure the economic, environmental and social prosperity of all people.
How We Do It
We start with the evidence. The data gathered by the California Dream Index serves as our “North Star,” allowing us to track economic mobility and keep ourselves and others accountable for progress.
We center our work in California’s diverse regions with the power of the California Stewardship Network, an alliance of regional leaders that are focused on triple-bottom-line solutions that balance equity, environmental sustainability and economic growth.
Through the California Economic Summit and our work groups, we lift up policy agendas and recommendations that will be advanced throughout the year.
When appropriate, we move policy recommendations forward through our sister advocacy organization, the CA FWD Action Fund.
CA FWD is also committed to elevating the next generation of diverse and empowered leaders through our Young Leaders Advisory Council and Becky Morgan Steward Leadership Program.
Since 2019, the organization has partnered with the Newsom Administration on the Regions Rise Together Initiative, organizing convenings with regional leaders to lift up and empower regional approaches to economic development.
The Values That Drive Us
These values are also represented in reforms CA FWD has been involved with that fortify California’s governance. Since its launch in 2008, the organization has had a successful track record of proposing, endorsing and promoting a variety of reforms that have positively impacted the residents of California: