The California Economic Summit, produced by California Forward (CA FWD) and members of its California Stewardship Network, is built upon the principle that regional approaches to economic problem solving are critical to ensuring all Californians, regardless of zip code, have the opportunity to claim their California Dream.

Since 2012, the Summit has embraced the triple bottom line of equity, environment and the economy. In 2020, these imperatives have rocketed to the top of the state’s agenda with a reinvigorated movement to dismantle structural racism happening during a pandemic-fueled economic crisis, all under the backdrop of rapid climate change.

The California Economic Summit priorities are directly responsive to and scaled to these challenges. From strengthening education from cradle to career, expanding home ownership, bridging the digital divide, to creating ecosystem and climate resiliency the Summit is the only space of its kind where leaders across all sectors, industries and regions can come together to propel solution-oriented bipartisan collaboration to move the state forward.

The Summit influences CA FWD’s ongoing movement to improve government and create inclusive, sustainable growth. The event has been held in Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Ontario, San Diego, Santa Rosa, and Fresno.

You can read stories from the 2020 Summit here.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

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Summit Leadership and Partners

Honorary Summit Chairs

Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
Leon Panetta, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator

Summit Committee

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel (Co-Chair), California Latino Community Foundation
Kate Roberts (Co-Chair), Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
Bill Allen, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Matt Bogoshian, American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative
Oscar Chavez, Sonoma County
Kristin Connelly, East Bay Leadership Council
Lisa Downey, Morgan Family Foundation
Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Prosperity Center
Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council
Paul Granillo, Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight
Glenda Humiston, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jim Mayer, California Forward (Emeritus)
Kathleen Moxon, Redwood Coast Rural Action
Cynthia Murray, North Bay Leadership Council
Deborah Nankivell, Fresno Business Council
Pete Peterson, Pepperdine University
Mark Pisano, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Bruce Stenslie, Economic Development Collaborative – Ventura County
Duf Sundheim, GPS Mediation
Ashley Swearengin, Central Valley
Van Ton-Quinlivan, Futuro Health
Kate Meis Wright, Local Government Commission
Greg Wendt, Stakeholders Capital

Summit Work Group Leads

Increasing Community Investment
Immediate economic stimulus by funding housing and infrastructure
Matt Horton, Milken Institute
Larry Kosmont, Kosmont Companies
Mark Pisano, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Expanding Home Ownership
Creating wealth through racial and geographic equity In affordable home ownership
Jennifer LeSar, LeSar Development Consultants
Timothy Hsu, California Housing Finance Agency
Adam Briones/John Gamboa, California Community Builders

Ensuring Broadband for All
Bridging the digital divide
Trish Kelly, Valley Vision
Eduardo González, CSU Fresno Office of Community & Economic Development
Jason Schwenkler North State Planning and Development Collective

Providing Meaningful Career Pathways
Connecting the next generation to work-based learning opportunities
Jessica Ku Kim, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Heddy Nam, UNITE-LA
Su Jin Jez, California State University, Sacramento
Michael Wiafe, CA FWD Young Leaders Advisory Council

Empowering Resilient and Productive Landscapes
Meeting climate goals by reducing wildfire risk and supporting rural communities
Glenda Humiston, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council
Bill Tripp, Karuk Tribe Department of Natural resources

Investing in Small Businesses Owned by People of Color
Redressing racial Inequity through access to capital
Tara Lynn Gray, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)