John Guenther

Senior Content Editor

John Guenther is Senior Content Editor at California Forward and the California Economic Summit. John develops and manages all CA Fwd’s digital communications efforts across all content channels, including blogs, videos, social media and the CAeconomy Connection newsletter.

Prior to joining California Forward, he earned a graduate degree from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at USC and was a Carnegie-Knight Fellow on the News21 project.


VIDEO: California needs another “Year of Housing” solutions
Last year was a good first step, but more work needed to help cities build more, say a YIMBY leader and a state housing director Read More

Summit Wrap-up: Rebuilding economic mobility in 2017 and beyond
This year represented a renewed focus on lifting up more Californians including those hit by massive wildfires. Read More

VIDEO: Governor candidates make their case for how to renew CA Dream
Candidates talk role of higher education and workforce training in combating poverty Read More

VIDEO: Here’s how the Summit is making a difference in California
Leaders who were at the Summit talk about the value of gathering of the right people from the right sectors taking on the right issues Read More

VIDEO: California welding student aims to inspire more women and teach others her trade
The only woman in her college welding class, she went on to win awards in statewide competition Read More

VIDEO: 2017 Summit opening video tells story of California’s upward mobility imperative
Call to action takes shape: A comprehensive plan to build and grow California's middle class  Read More

California’s housing crisis in two charts
There's the bad news and then there's the good news that housing is getting more attention across the state Read More

VIDEO: Retooling California schools to spark upward mobility
We asked about the importance of improving education so today's students do better than previous generations Read More

This week in Bay Area YIMBYs, NIMBYs & ZIMBYs
Roundup of important happenings in the housing crisis in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley Read More

VIDEO: How to build a Strong Workforce for California
Take a couple minutes to learn how the next generation of workers will benefit from community college initiative Read More

VIDEO: How California can be smarter in managing its water
What's next in water innovations that could help the state's regions manage water for a more sustainable future Read More

VIDEO: Why California housing fix needs to go big to make a difference
To address poverty and meet climate goals and prevent lost economic activity, state needs comprehensive housing plan Read More

VIDEO: Community Colleges aim to better prepare California millennials for today’s economy
New chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley says students will need skills to make more career and job changes than previous generations Read More

Storms put dent in drought but not the need to restore California’s water balance
Recent rains have been good news for state's water reserves but op-ed argues for more sustainable water management  Read More

VIDEO: Watch all of Day Two from the 2016 California Economic Summit
Panels on upward mobility, workforce, water and housing featured Ashley Swearengin, Gavin Newsom, Chad Mayes, and Darrell Steinberg Read More

Summit opening video sums up 2016 progress, kicks off 2017 work ahead
Opening video and closing words of this year's Summit provided springboard for tackling housing, water and workforce problems Read More

VIDEO: Why finding solutions to California’s housing crisis is everybody’s problem
Expert shares ideas about what it will take for California to match scale of housing crisis Read More

VIDEO: The Maddy Report previews 2016 California Economic Summit
CA Fwd President Jim Mayer breaks down the Summit and its mission dedicated to California's regional economies Read More

VIDEO: California’s housing crisis puts squeeze on employers and their workforce
Business groups talk about the threat of rising housing costs to state's competitiveness Read More

Manufacturers open doors for MFG Day to change perception of jobs
Faced with skills gap and less-positive public perception, campaign seeks to showcase modern manufacturing as desirable career Read More

Eloy Oakley named chancellor of the California Community Colleges system
Higher education innovator and Summit steering committee member will become the first Latino to helm the 113-college system Read More

California Economy Wrapup: Unemployment rate continues downward trend
The state's unemployment rate hits 5.2 percent, the state is named sixth largest economy in the world and its workforce training gets a big boost. Read More

California’s unemployment drops to 5.3% for April
Jobs numbers stay bright for California but closing housing and workforce gaps would help keep things humming along. Read More

VIDEO: Summit makes the case for broader California strategy to housing crisis
Broad coalition lays out argument for taking smarter, all-of-the-above strategy for building more housing--and building more in the right places Read More

VIDEO: Rethinking how to manage California’s water for the next drought
Talking to water problem solvers on how to better manage every drop as the drought lingers and conflicts over expensive projects continue. Read More

VIDEO: What is California doing to cut housing red tape?
Addressing the state's high housing costs includes finding smart ways to reduce headaches for builders. Read More

VIDEO: How California’s housing affordability has big impact on the economic ladder
The benefits of having affordable housing close to jobs range from better health and education outcomes to less environmental wear-and-tear from shorter commutes. Read More

VIDEO: What California leaders are saying about the Summit
At the 2015 California Economic Summit, leaders from around the state told us what they thought of the Summit process and its priorities.  Read More

VIDEO: Will El Niño dilute concern over California’s drought?
A deluge of rain won't end the lengthy drought nor the need to manage our water better says the manager of a major SoCal watershed. Read More

VIDEO: One Million Challenges: 2015 Summit Introduction
At the 2015 California Economic Summit on Friday, three ambitious new goals were unveiled—the One Million Challenges in a video introduction. Read More

Recipe for strong a California economy includes one million more skilled workers
To restore upward mobility and fill the skills gap, the Summit will call for fixes to California's regional workforce education systems.  Read More

Registration opens for 2015 California Economic Summit
This year, Summit participants, along with presenters like California's Treasurer John Chiang, Controller Betty Yee, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Assemblymember Jose Medina, will gather in Ontario on November 12 and 13. Read More

California task force approves blueprint for closing skills gap
Group formed to craft strategies for boosting California's workforce via the California Community College system submitted their final recommendations this week.  Read More

VIDEO: Impact summit harnessed California’s innovation economy to tackle big challenges
Wrap-up of gathering that brought together problem solvers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to take on the state's most intractable social and environmental problems. Read More

Task Force: Future of California economy depends on funding middle-skill job education
California group looking at closing skills gap tackles the puzzle of boosting funding for career technical education and how to get community colleges to align the courses so students and industry don't get the runaround. Read More

Innovation awards honor California strategy for sustainable rural growth
Harvard school acknowledges Sacramento regional program that uses better data modeling of natural assets which can promote both economic growth and conservation. Read More

Poll: Californians say drought is top state problem, neighbors not doing enough
New survey shows a record number say water supply in their region is a big problem Read More

Task force working to help colleges fulfill promise of career tech education
Community Colleges group tackling problems of CTE funding and timeliness of curriculum changes in a fast-paced economy Read More

Campaign to combat stigma of career tech jobs needed says task force
Upgrading California's workforce will require students and educator knowing more about outcomes and economic value of workforce training programs.  Read More

Rebranding career tech jobs vital to growing workforce say Sacramento employers
Employers and college leaders at local town hall on workforce tout CTE career salaries Read More

Silicon Valley town hall calls for strong workforce to keep tech boom going
Employers at the region's successful companies stress connection with local schools is key to filling workforce pipeline Read More

LA Mayor Garcetti and USDOT announce local hire rule change for infrastructure projects
Pilot program would allow local hire preference for projects getting federal dollars Read More

Task Force to close California’s skills gap kicks off their mission
First meeting stresses connection between industry and community colleges Read More

Medical school and Latino leadership academy take on two big Inland Empire needs
Workforce problems in region reflect need for regional solutions  Read More

New tool may aid California cities in filling state’s infrastructure gap
Webinar will detail innovative way to pay for transportation projects Read More

VIDEO: Growing the Inland Empire logistics hub
Stories on the region hosting the 2015 Summit Read More

Cities weigh economic impact and barriers of open data movement
Committing time and money to open data is just one piece of economic puzzle Read More

VIDEO: Californians seek to break money barrier in the impact economy
Event tackles biggest problem for social entrepreneurs Read More

Californians say economy divided into haves and have-nots
Poll shows most value higher education in sustaining economic vitality Read More

VIDEO: Effort to help California social entrepreneurs create more impact grows
Event in Los Angeles brainstormed ideas for boosting impact economy Read More

Social entrepreneurs come together this week to boost the fourth sector
Event in Los Angeles focuses on for-benefit companies Read More

VIDEO: Millennials cite challenges and fixes for moving up economic ladder
Housing and education costs top long list of concerns Read More

Report: Millennials less in love with the car than previous generations
Implication for infrastructure planning is immense Read More

Likely voters support water bond, worry about regional water supply
Poll shows drought and water supply are top concerns Read More

Report breaks down cost of affordable housing projects in California
Study shows how more cost-effective projects can be built Read More

VIDEO: Capitol Day mines the economic opportunity of open data
Conversation turns to how open data creates jobs in California Read More

VIDEO: Capitol Day turns California water, landscapes and economy beyond the drought
Look back at discussion of state's water and other natural capital Read More

Poll: Majority of California’s likely voters support Prop 1 water bond
Drought news adds to urgency of state's long-term water needs Read More

VIDEO: Capitol Day asks Senator Steinberg how California economy can grow sustainably
Summit gathering turns to sustainable communities and how we commute Read More

Millennials optimistic about future but down on present economy
Millennial gathering in L.A. looked at economic outlook of generation Read More

VIDEO: Watch Speaker Atkins and workforce training take stage at Capitol Day
Assembly leader talks about Summit priorities Read More

VIDEO: Watch part one of Summit’s Capitol Day gathering
Opening remarks and a Summit progress update kicked off Sacramento conversation Read More

VIDEO: State water leader talks California’s $200-billion long-term needs
Price tag for water needs in next decade bigger than one water bond Read More

#CAdebate: California candidates for governor spar over state of economy
Roundup of gubernatorial debate via Twitter shows style and policy differences Read More

VIDEO: The Summit Goes to the Capitol
See what people were talking about on Capitol Day. Hint: It's all important for California's economy. Read More

Giving a measure of support to California career tech education
Bill would push California toward better CTE planning Read More

VIDEO: Summit Capitol Day opening video kicked off conversations
Watch the video that welcomed Capitol Day attendees Read More

California businesses ally to ensure robust water policy
$106 billion tourism industry benefits from clean water Read More

How drought’s economic impact on California agriculture is a wake-up call
Pumping groundwater keeps sector afloat Read More

Monterey region tells story of its economic assets at forum
Critical Conversation takes place over local infrastructure and workforce Read More

Wanted: Skilled workers for California’s manufacturing comeback
Event highlighting manufacturing champions also shines light on skills gap issue Read More

College leaders encouraged by step to reverse career technical education decline
$60 million CTE fund likely to get through budget talks Read More

Optimistic reaction to aerospace manufacturing win for Southern California
Federal award includes eventual access to $1.3B fund Read More

College report and Toyota news place California economy at crossroads
State's college systems designed for economy not around anymore Read More

Report: California’s aerospace industry bigger than Hollywood
Aerospace creates more revenue than agriculture and entertainment combined Read More

Solar shines while manufacturing needs some polishing in California
Forward thinking that put 1/3 of US solar jobs here is needed for manufacturing sector Read More

College chancellor on bid to combat Silicon Valley prosperity gap
District competing for piece of $250 million linked learning fund Read More

Paying for California water action plan beyond the drought
Getting creative needed to push state's water system into future Read More

Economic Summit featured on KABC’s Eyewitness Newsmakers
The California Economic Summit took center stage Read More

Summit Social Media Wrap-up - Day 2
How California closed out the 2013 Summit on Twitter Read More

Summit Day 1: What they said on social media
Here's a rundown of #CAeconomy on Day 1 Read More

Shutdown ends, clock starts again while California looks to change game
As people weigh negative impact of shutdown, positive developments in California Read More

Blue-collar workers get a career network of their own
WorkHands startup is like the LinkedIn for trade skill workers Read More

Getting creative to pay for transportation as funding dries up
How could California build high-speed rail without fed money? Read More

Taking stock of economic bills that emerged this season
What's waiting for Governor's signature Read More

California jobs numbers show middle-income doughnut
Mid-wage jobs see drop in numbers and earnings from recession Read More

VIDEO: Future of California lies with middle-class jobs & education
California Forward leader talks about California economy with Capitol Weekly Read More

Patent Pending: Silicon Valley’s patent office could be snatched from jaws of sequester
Bill would keep new office in patent capital of US on track Read More

Good news, bad news as California recovery heats up
Recovery needs energy and skilled workers to keep going Read More

Bill to create California economic plan adopts Summit approach
New statewide strategy includes looking to regions for ideas Read More

Business groups react to Enterprise Zone reform bill
AB93 makes big changes to business incentive program Read More

Californians say economy doing better but middle class shrinking
Survey shows optimism but gives low grades to Legislature on jobs Read More

Brown promotes moderation in budget, boost to education
Governor cites economic troubles overseas and sequester Read More

Road to the Summit: Prescriptions for Inland Empire economic growing pains
Education & transportation top priorities for big region Read More

Making manufacturing cool key to revival in California
Telling new story about making things to attract young workers Read More

California reacts to Texas governor’s radio attack on business climate
New campaign targets California businesses for relocation, Brown responds Read More

Crowdfunding reaches into local community & economy with solar projects
Crowdfunding hits snag federally but CA startup expanding solar effort in Bay Area Read More

Video: California’s economic development director on fiscal cliff
GO-Biz's Rajan talks about what California can do to combat uncertainty Read More

California economy unwraps gifts of good & bad job news
Rundown of economic stories while we wait find out what's in fiscal cliff box Read More

From Twinkies to Cuties: California economy increasingly divided
While Hostess drama dominates, bigger story cuts state in two Read More

Reform the word of day at Milken’s California Summit
Energy innovation, real estate, pension reform: see what else was on tap at #CASummit Read More

Bigger than Coal? Gov Brown touts solar jobs in California economy
Taking a closer look at energy job numbers Read More

University an entrepreneur-making machine for California economy
Stanford grad companies would be 10th largest economy in world if combined Read More

Looking at California’s jobs numbers from a step back
What does a drop in California unemployment but few jobs created mean? Read More

Skills gap, real or not, could put long-term dent in California economy
Study: Manufacturing shortage small...until retirements hit Read More

Micro businesses have big outlook yet face “credit cliff”
Smallish business owners are optimistic about next two years despite credit issues Read More

Manufacturing Day not a cause for celebration in California
State in slow recovery but California manufacturing a drag Read More

Reshoring manufacturing jobs in spotlight at Northern California summit
Despite a daunting climate, group hopes to bring manufacturing back to California Read More