CA Fwd Adds Four Golden State Leaders to Its Leadership Council

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California Forward (CA Fwd) announced the election of four prominent Californians to its Leadership Council. The new appointees will join an organization focused on identifying and promoting policies that will help government improve results, restore public trust, and make smart investments in education, health, public safety and infrastructure so that all of California's diverse regions can thrive.

The four new Leadership Council members combine to bring private, public and non-profit sector experience to the organization. 

  • Honorable Catharine Baker, former California State Assemblymember, who currently serves as Special Counsel at Hoge Fenton law firm in the Bay Area, where she advises California businesses and non-profit organizations to help them grow and succeed.
  • Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation, which exists to unleash the economic and civic power of Latinos in California through grantmaking, convening, and informing policy.
  • Gustavo Herrera, Executive Director of Arts for LA which advocates for more inclusive creative career pathways, equitable arts education, affordable spaces for artists/arts organizations and increases in public and private funding for the arts.
  • Kausik Rajgopal, Managing Partner of the McKinsey & Company consulting firm, who leads the U.S. Western Region, with a focus on improving operations and managing transformational change with Public Sector, Financial Services and Technology institutions.

CA Fwd’s Leadership Council is chaired by John Chiang of Los Angeles and Pete Weber of Fresno, who both praised the newly elected members. 

“CA Fwd is working on the big issues facing Californians, like improved workforce preparation, more housing, improved and expanded infrastructure,” they said. “Adding these four outstanding individuals will help us accelerate our work.”

“We are thrilled to add these four dynamic California leaders to our Leadership Council,” said Micah Weinberg, CA Fwd CEO. “Each of them brings the Council leadership and a history of success in their individual sectors which will advance our work to improve the lives of all Californians.”

CA Fwd just concluded a very successful California Economic Summit in Fresno last month which attracted 900 California leaders working to create remedies that will attract capital, generate jobs and encourage sustainable, resilient communities all over California.


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