Justin Ewers

Deputy Director - Policy & Communications

Justin Ewers is the deputy director of policy and communications for the California Economic Summit, an effort to create jobs and encourage sustainable communities across California. As lead author of the Summit's Roadmap to Shared Prosperity, Justin heads up a policy and reporting team highlighting the progress of a broad range of Summit initiatives--from aligning workforce training programs with industry and expanding access to affordable housing to developing new funding streams for infrastructure investments.

At California Forward, Justin works at the nexus of policy development and communications that drives the organization’s efforts to build a more transparent, performance-oriented government. From 2010-2012, he worked on the communications team supporting Speak Up California, a statewide conversation about the importance of governance reform. He also served as the lead author of the Smart Government Framework, a strategic action plan for reforming the state’s governance system.

Prior to his work for California Forward, Justin spent a decade in journalism, most recently as California correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, where he covered state politics and Silicon Valley.

Justin holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University.


Summit releases 2019 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity to take on “defining challenge of our time”

The new Roadmap captures the best ideas from every region to outline comprehensive, triple bottom line solutions that take on California's major economic challenges. Read More

2018 Summit Preview: The One Million Challenges

With a new year and new governor, what's next in Summit housing, workforce, water, and middle-income job initiatives Read More

2018 Summit Preview: Elevating the CA Dream. Ensuring Resiliency in Every Community.

Outlining a strategy to address rising costs, growing economic inequality, and expanding impacts of climate change Read More

CA Fwd releases report assessing Sonoma’s progress toward “resiliency” after 2017 fires

Analysis will help build recovery model for other regions facing similar, long-term threats Read More

CA Fwd report highlights ideas for getting more housing out of last year’s housing package

Implementation efforts, the best chance this year to make a dent in the housing crisis, reach critical juncture Read More

Economic Summit launches new Roadmap to Shared Prosperity updated for 2018

New initiatives and continuing progress are featured in new strategy guide to fight California's poverty problem Read More

CA Fwd rallies political reformers from across the US around nationwide agenda for change

Amid highly polarized national politics, reform groups seek path forward at state and local level Read More

The next emerging issue: How can the Summit help create more middle-income jobs?

What the California Economic Summit do to help close the looming middle-income jobs gap featured at annual gathering Read More

The One Million Homes Challenge: How to advance the Summit’s “all of the above” solution

To help the millions of Californians afford housing, coalition created a framework to build more homes of all types Read More

The One Million Worker Challenge: Where the Summit will go next after year of success

California industries from health care to manufacturing can’t find enough skilled workers Read More

The One Million More Acre-Feet Challenge: How the Summit aims to help restore California’s water balance

California's water systems have been aging and overtaxed for decades even before latest bought of drought Read More

Toolkit offers 15 ways to match the scale of California’s housing crisis

New report calculates how many new housing units a range of options could produce Read More

Registration launches for 2016 California Economic Summit in Sacramento

CA Fwd and partners inviting leaders to fifth annual Summit in the state capitol to expand shared prosperity in all regions. Read More

New report shares progress on California Economic Summit’s 2016 goals

Looking ahead to 2016 Summit, leaders are taking stock of goals to produce one million more skilled workers, homes, and acre-feet of water over the next decade. Read More

Summit pushes Legislature to advance workforce training ideas in this year’s budget

Ensuring recommendations of a task force on workforce are adopted in this year’s state budget is a top priority for the California Economic Summit in 2016. Read More

California Economic Summit launches One Million Challenges in 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity

Updated Roadmap lays out what the Summit aims to accomplish this year in areas vital to expanding sustainable economic growth in every region. Read More

Governor doubles down on improving workforce pipeline in proposed budget

A California Economic Summit approach to boosting workforce training in the state would get a shot in the arm via Jerry Brown's budget.  Read More

Getting California back to water sustainability and how CA Fwd’s Summit can help

California needs to conserve, capture, and re-use an additional one million acre-feet of water every year over the next decade. Read More

What it will take to make California homes more affordable

CA Fwd and California Economic Summit will fine-tune a plan to start closing state's housing affordability gap. Read More

California Economic Summit introduces the One Million Challenges: Workforce, Housing & Water

CA Fwd will co-present the Summit in Ontario next week where participants will tackle three of California's most pressing challenges. Read More

Progress update on California Economic Summit’s Roadmap

As CA Fwd and partners collaborate on upcoming 2015 California Economic Summit, the list of wins along the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity grows.  Read More

Early signs of a deal emerge in special session on road maintenance

Infrastructure bills emerging in the California Legislature could offer the first glimmerings of a potential road funding deal that includes new money, new protections to ensure road funds are spent on roads, and new accountability measures. Read More

CA Fwd report: The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax proposals moving ahead, the new report from CA Fwd explores the biggest ideas and their policy implications, while outlining a set of criteria voters can use to weigh the merits of each. Read More

12 new ways to close infrastructure funding gaps highlighted by CA Fwd and Economic Summit partners

Paying for badly needed maintenance of California's transportation system would benefit from using "fourth sector" models, which combine public, private and nonprofit resources for public good.  Read More

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding

Legislature working on addressing a $59 billion-backlog in state road and highways maintenance, but so far, proposed fixes have been temporary solutions to a long-term infrastructure investment issue.  Read More

CA Fwd report highlights revenue options for investments in education and infrastructure

California's long-term prosperity depends on having this conversation about paying for state's top priorities regionally and statewide. Read More