The Summit

The 2017 California Economic Summit is coming to San Diego on November 2-3, 2017.

Registration will open on July 1. Sign up for our Summit newsletter to receive updates to your inbox. 

This year, leaders from San Diego took the initiative to bring the 2017 Summit to their region to continue the Summit’s strategy of using regional solutions to drive state policy.

“I thought we had innovations here in San Diego, not only in housing but job creation and water management to showcase to the rest of the state, so I actively pursued this opportunity,” said Jennifer LeSar, who has been involved in the Summit’s Housing Action Team and was instrumental in the launch of Housing You Matters, a San Diego coalition working to improve housing affordability. “We have a diverse economy and are interested in developing more momentum for meeting the challenges for not only our region but for the entire state of California to successfully compete in the global economy.”

Read more about the 2017 Summit:

California Economic Summit to be held in San Diego for the first time


View the Program for the 2016 California Economic Summit

The 2016 Summit featured the largest networks of public- and private-sector leaders committed to the triple bottom line, including

  • Janet Napolitano, University of California President
  • Timothy White, California State University Chancellor
  • Eloy Oakley-Ortiz, California Community Colleges Incoming Chancellor 
  • Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Assemblymember Chad Mayes
  • Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula
  • UC President Janet Napolitano
  • CSU Chancellor Timothy White
  • CA Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley
  • Mayor Ashley Swearengin, City of Fresno
  • Mayor Elect Darrell Steinberg, City of Sacramento
  • Supervisor James Gore, Sonoma County
  • Dr. Michael Kirst, Stanford University
  • Don Howard, James Irvine Foundation
  • Abby Davisson, Gap Inc.
  • Ben Metcalf, CA Housing and Community Development
  • Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation
  • Dinyar Mistry, PG&E
  • John Gamboa, The Two Hundred
  • Denise Pinkston, TMG Partners
  • Shannon Peloquin, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Daniel Weisfield, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Howard Penn, Planning and Conservation League
  • Malaki Seku-Amen, California Urban Partnership
  • Bill Mueller, Valley Vision
  • Sunne Wright McPeak, CA Emerging Technology Fund
  • Paul Granillo, Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Pete Weber, Fresno Bridge Academy
  • Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey & Co (Emeritus)
  • Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

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2016 Summit News

Video wrap-up: California Economic Summit aims to restore upward mobility

Watch highlights from the 2016 Summit which drew more than 500 Californians to refine a roadmap to shared prosperity

VIDEO: California Economic Summit earns high marks for its priorities and broad coalition

Public and private leaders from all over the state say the Summit is addressing the right challenges

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More About The Summit

The California Economic Summit catalyzes public and private sector commitments to the triple bottom line: simultaneous growth in the economy, improvement in environmental quality, and increased opportunity for all.

An example of the collaborative approach of the Summit, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges worked with Summit leaders on the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. Over the next year, the Summit plans to support the formation of regional civic organizations in one or two regions to accelerate the Task Force’s recommendations—and increase alignment of workforce development programs and employers.

Additionally, a group of thoughtful, committed citizens played a critical role in helping the Legislature and Governor enact an “enhanced” version of infrastructure financing districts.

Officials in Southern California hope to use this tool to restore the Los Angeles River and officials in Northern California think it may be the foundation for more transit-oriented development in the heart of Silicon Valley.

This is the authority that smart leaders with ambitious ideas have been waiting for. Today’s complex challenges require integrated solutions – with multiple agencies tapping multiple funding sources to do together what they cannot do alone. The new authority – developed with significant contributions from the California Economic Summit’s Infrastructure action team – is emblematic of how the Summit is networking ambitious and expert Californians to solve the most pressing issues of our day.

The Summit is a spectacular and galvanizing event for hundreds of participants – most recently held in Ontario. But the Summit also is a vibrant coalition of public, private and civic sector problem-solvers working every day and all year long to align public policies to support regional prosperity.

The Summit is a civic venture that requires contributions of time, talent and treasure. California Forward and the California Stewardship Network continue to convene sixteen regional partners and seven action teams of more than 700 experts and practitioners from all over the state. The California Economic Summit’s Roadmap to Shared Prosperity: The One Million Challenges sets the course for the future.

(Photo Credit: Don Graham/Flickr)



The One Million Challenges

The California Economic Summit created the 2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity to highlight a set of ambitious goals—the One Million Challenges—that will be vital to expanding sustainable economic growth in every part of California. 

After sharpening this strategy at the 2016 Summit in Sacramento, the Summit’s expanding network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations have pledged to work together—and ahold themselves accountable—to producing, over the next decade:

One million more skilled workers

One million more homes

One million more acre-feet of water each year


Read the full Roadmap: 2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity






The California Economic Summit gathers together leaders from across the state in an unprecedented way to create shared economic agenda, one developed by private, public, and civic champions from the state's diverse regions with the goal of expanding prosperity for all.

In advance of the 2016 California Economic Summit in Sacramento, Summit leaders looked ahead to identify priority areas of action for advancing prosperity over the next five years.

The resulting collaboration at the Summit helped launch the 2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity which is focused on accelerating progress in three key areas--Workforce, Housing and Water.

In its first five years, the Summit network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations has rallied around a strategic vision for sustainable economic growth—and built a track record of advancing these shared goals of the state’s economic regions. For California to prosper, the Summit believes progress must be accelerated in three key areas. These are the One Million Challenges. In the next decade, private, civic, and public-sector leaders have pledged to work together—and hold themselves accountable—to produce:



Watch the video wrap-up of the important themes that came out of the 2016 California Economic Summit:
"California Economic Summit aims to restore upward mobility"

Continuing the collaboration of California Forward and the California Stewardship Network, the California Economic Summit enables Action Teams working on seven priorities designed to advance the state's triple bottom line: a prosperous economy, a sustainable environment and community equity.



Read about the Summit's Action Teams:


We've built a Progress Tracker to show the status of the priorities identified at regional forums across the state and developed at the annual statewide gathering.

Read more about the Summit's progress along the 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity in our blog "Mid-year progress report on Summit’s One Million Challenges."


Get involved with the Summit today to be a part of this process. Our work continues and we want to be sure your voice is heard!

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