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We are Californians with a broad range of experience and perspectives who unequivocally agree that current barriers to economic opportunity and mobility in California present a critical threat to the state's future, both economically and socially, and who want to help change these conditions by 2030.  We are led by individuals with substantial experience in both the public and private sector, academia and advocacy. The Economic Mobility Collaborative is all-volunteer and multi-partisan. All Public Statement Signatories are considered Partners.

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is collectively responsible for ensuring our work can resonate with diverse perspectives and experiences while advance our mission and values. 

Sam Blakeslee

Kathay Feng

Virginia Hamilton

Pete Peterson

Michele Siqueiros

David Smith

Jonathan Mehta Stein

Lenny Mendonca

Duf Sundheim

Ashley Swearengin

Zabrae Valentine

Pete Weber

Lande Ajose (former)

Former CA State Senator Assembly Republican Leader; Director, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

National Redistricting Director and former Executive Director, Common Cause; Former attorney, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Former Regional Administrator, US Dept. of Labor; Founder, California Workforce Association

Dean, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy; Former Executive Director, Davenport Inst. for Public Engagement & Civic Leadership

Executive Director; California Common Cause; Voting Rights Program Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

Member, U.S. Fed. Court Advanced Mediation Practice Group; Principal, GPS Mediation; Former Chair, CA Republican Party

President/CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation; Former Mayor, Fresno

Former Vice-President, FMC Corporation; Former CEO, TeKnowledge, Inc. & Riverbend International; Founder, Fresno Bridge Academy; Co-Chair California Forward

Former Chief Business and Economic Adviser, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company; Convenor, Economic Mobility Collaborative

Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; Former Executive Director, California Competes

Co-founder, CA Forward & CA Forward Action Fund; Convenor and Manager Economic Mobility Collaborative

CEO, X Sector Labs; Former Managing Director, Presidio Institute; Co-Founder, CalOZ

President, Campaign for College Opportunity; Senior Project Manager, City of Los Angeles

Policy Review Panel

All of the Collaborative’s ‘consensus positions’ are reviewed for accuracy by experts in the relevant fields, then circulated with all Collaborative partners for comment/editing, approved by the Steering Committee and finally shared for endorsements. These individuals comprise our core review panel:

Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Policy Director and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Professor of Sociology; Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University

Professor of Economics and Public Policy; Co-Director, Opportunity Lab, UC Berkeley

Director, Inst. for Research on Labor and Employment & California Policy Lab; Co-Director, Opp. Lab, UC Berkeley

Sarah Bohn

Caroline Danielson

David Grusky

Hilary Hoynes

Jesse Rothstein

Operations Team

The Operations Team facilitates the day-to-day maintenance of the Collaborative.

Social, Digital, Strategic Advisor   

Collaborative Manager, Facilitator

Zabrae Valentine

Marc Allen

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