California Economic Summit

Join hundreds of private, public and civic leaders from across California’s diverse regions for the 2020 California Economic Summit, taking place virtually on December 3-4.

The Summit’s bipartisan network of business, equity, environmental and civic organizations is unique in championing solutions that meet the triple bottom line — balancing equity, environmental sustainability and economic growth.


Produced by California Forward and its California Stewardship Network, the Summit influences CA FWD’s ongoing movement to make the government and economy work for everyone. The two-day Summit is designed to create a shared economic agenda known as the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity and strengthen the Summit network, setting the stage for collective action in 2021.

Thursday, December 3

Interactive plenary and breakout sessions to advance Summit goals.

Friday, December 4

Plenary session featuring state policy leaders with regional business and civic leaders on critical issues facing California.

2020 Summit Playbook

The 2020 California Economic Summit Playbook outlines the topics and action plans that will be supported by participants at the virtual 2020 Summit.

Make sure you read this program, policy and technology guide for this year’s fully virtual Summit.

Also read about the Summit’s 2020 work groups and check out more detailed information linked within each work group to help shape the agenda for next year. The action agenda determined at the Summit will launch through the 2021 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity in January.


The challenges we face today have only magnified the need to ensure every Californian — regardless of zip code — can have the opportunity to claim their California Dream. 

Check out what you can expect at the Summit and then join us virtually:


2020 California Economic Summit Speakers Collage

Governor Gavin Newsom and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will headline an impressive list of speakers that also include Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins; City of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs; Manuel Pastor, distinguished professor, Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California; and members of CA FWD’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, among other local, regional and state leaders.


The 2020 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity is based on the input of more than 900 participants at the 2019 Summit in Fresno and combines the best thinking and strategies from across the state and details priorities for 2020 and solutions that can help more Californians gain access to their California Dream.