Regions Recover Together

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Recent events have magnified the deep inequities and injustices in our communities, reinforcing the immediate need to bring about systemic change. As we work together to rebuild a more inclusive and sustainable California where all of our communities can prosper, it is more important than ever to reduce the significant racial and geographic inequalities that existed before the crisis.

To do this, we must start by listening to and lifting up the voices in the communities and regions throughout the state.

Thank you to everyone who joined CA Fwd, our California Stewardship Network, the California Economic Summit network, and state and local leaders at the helm of California’s local and regional recovery strategies to:

  • Share best practices of how regions are responding, recovering and rebuilding in real time.
  • Learn about regional strategies for sustainable and inclusive economic planning aimed at redressing inequalities. 
  • Build a stronger, more equitable California together.

Read the recap stories from the first Regions Recover Together virtual event:

Watch the full videos of the Regions Recover Together plenary session and each workshop below:


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Plenary Session: A Triple-Bottom-Line Recovery

Moderator: Micah Weinberg, CEO, CA Fwd


Oscar Chavez, Co-Chair, California Stewardship Network

Bruce Stenslie, Co-Chair, California Stewardship Network

An Equitable Regions Up Recovery

Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Tara Lynn Gray, Fresno Black Metro Chamber of Commerce

Cesar Lara, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council

A Sustainable Regions Up Recovery

Amanda Hansen, Deputy Secretary for Climate Resilience, CA Natural Resources Agency

Glenda Humiston, UC ANR

Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Prosperity Center, CSN Co-Chair

A Rapid Regions Up Recovery

Chris Dombrowski, Director, GO-Biz

Julian Parra, Chairman, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Maria Salinas, CEO, LA Chamber of Commerce

Advancing the Triple Bottom Line

Michael Wiafe, Youth Advisory Council

Karla Martinez, Youth Advisory Council

Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research


Workshop A: Making Regional Planning Deliver for Inclusion and Equity

  • Moderator: Ish Herrera, CA Fwd
  • Deb Nankivell, Fresno Business Council
  • Michelle Decker, Inland Empire Community Foundation
  • Ana Gutierrez, Jobs for the Future
  • Meg Arnold, Valley Vision
  • Evan Schmidt, Valley Vision
  • Matt Huerta, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
  • Assemblymember Rudy Salas

Workshop B: Best Practices for Business Resilience and Innovation Funds

  • Moderator: Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council
  • Isabel Guzman, GO-Biz
  • Carolina Martinez, CAMEO
  • Karin Demarest, Community Foundation Sonoma County
  • Bruce Stenslie, President/CEO, Ventura County Economic Development Collaborative
  • Kristin York, Vice President of Business Innovation, NE CA Sierra Small Business Development Center, Sierra Business Council

Workshop C: Leveraging Regional Workforce Programs for Economic Recovery

  • Moderator: Loreli Cappel, Economic Vitality Corporation (San Luis Obispo County)
  • Steve Burnside, Clever Ducks
  • Jessica Ku Kim, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
  • Kate Gallagher, San Diego Regional EDC
  • Lisa McGuire, Northrop Grumman
  • Tim Rainey, CA Workforce Development Board

Workshop D: Maximizing Regional Impact of Federal and State Funding

  • Moderator: Chelsea Irvine, 3CORE
  • Malinda Matson, EDA
  • Jessica Hayes, Specialist, Program Design and Development, Housing and Community Development
  • Egon Terplan, Strategic Growth Council

Workshop E: Effective Cross-Sector Collaboration on Economic Reopening

  • Moderator: Annalisa Siregar-Wurm, Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Peter Villegas, Vice President and Head of Latin Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Paul Granillo, Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Gregg Foster, Redwood Coast COVID-19 Economic Recovery Committee
  • Leila Roberts, Redwood Coast COVID-19 Economic Recovery Committee
  • Mark Baza, Imperial ValleyTransportation Commission
  • Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, County of Imperial
  • Aneesh Raman, State Economic Recovery Task Force