Our History

When CA Fwd launched in 2008, the bipartisan Leadership Council articulated a vision for governance reforms to break the partisan gridlock, fortify fiscal management, and rebuild the relationship among the state and local governments - as prerequisites to better outcomes.

The California Endowment, The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation united to support CA Fwd because they concluded that governance reforms were an essential prerequisite to improving the public outcomes that were a priority for their philanthropies, including education and self-sufficiency, public health and well-being, and environmental protection and sustainable communities.

CA Fwd distilled the work of public commissions and private think tanks and articulated specific reforms to restore the ability of elected leaders to solve problems, public managers to improve results, and voters to hold government accountable for those results. CA Fwd and the California Forward Action Fund proposed, endorsed, promoted and helped to implement a variety of reforms.

More than 10 years later, California is in a significantly better position. Progress has been made in the budget process and fiscal management, in the political process and in the state-local relationship. CA Fwd's proposals have inspired and influenced actions and have been infused in decisions at the highest levels.

California is in an Era of Reform. But there is much more work to be done - to focus government agencies on improving results, restoring public trust, and making smart investments in education, health, public safety and infrastructure so that all of California's diverse regions can thrive.

CA Fwd is committed to those ends.