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Preparing California for Census 2020

April 24, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sheraton Grand Hotel,
Magnolia and Camellia rooms
1230 J Street, lower level
Sacramento, CA 95814


About the Program

The decennial census plays an essential role in American democracy, ensuring the right number of political representatives and helping to determine hundreds of billions of federal dollars for states and localities. The stakes are huge for California—and concern is mounting as federal preparations lag. Please join us for a special event on Census 2020 and the critical role it plays in the state’s future. This event will feature distinguished leaders and experts from the federal, state, and local level in a wide-ranging dialogue on actions needed to ensure an accurate count.

Supported with funding from the California Community Foundation, the California Endowment, the California Health Care Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.


12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:05 p.m. Welcome
Donna Lucas, founder and CEO, Lucas Public Affairs

12:10 p.m. Opening Conversation
Marc Berman, member, California State Assembly
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC

12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Leslie Berestein Rojas, immigration and emerging communities reporter, KPCC public radio
Sarah Bohn, research fellow, PPIC
John Dobard, associate director of political voice, Advancement Project California
Ditas Katague, director, Census 2020, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
John Thompson, executive director, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics; former director, US Census Bureau

1:20 p.m. Audience Q&A

1:30 p.m. Adjourn


Abby Cook
Media Contact
Kelly Holt
Event Contact


Are there videos of PPIC events?

Yes, we record most of our events and make the video available on the PPIC event page within a couple days of the event.

Do you accept walk-in registration at PPIC events?

We accept walk-ins as room capacity permits. If you have questions about a specific event, contact Kelly Holt at

How do I learn about your event series sponsors?

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series is intended to inform decisionmakers and facilitate constructive discussion about the major social, economic, and political issues facing California. The series is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Speaker Series on California’s Future

The Speaker Series on California’s Future brings together thought leaders from across the political and geographic spectrum with a common goal—to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s many challenges and build a better future for the state. The series features local, state, and national leaders discussing the major issues facing California—from education to climate change to the economy to governance. The series is supported by a variety of sponsors.

Sutton Family Speaker Series

The Sutton Family Speaker Series—made possible with a generous gift from Tom and Marilyn Sutton—features leaders and experts who have bold, innovative ideas that can help inspire much-needed change in California’s higher education system.

May I submit a question for the event speaker and/or panelists?

Before the event, questions may be submitted for consideration to Kelly Holt at At this time, questions submitted during the event may not be accepted.

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