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A Conversation with Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary

2019 Speaker Series on California’s Future
February 27, 2019
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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


About the Program

As new leadership begins shaping policy in Sacramento and national leaders engage in contentious debates, California faces substantial opportunities and challenges. Ann O’Leary, chief of staff to Governor Gavin Newsom, will join PPIC’s Mark Baldassare for a wide-ranging conversation about the most pressing issues that state leaders must address—now and in the future.


11:30 a.m. Registration begins

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Welcome
Steven A. Merksamer, senior partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP

12:05 p.m. Conversation
Ann O’Leary, chief of staff, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC

12:50 p.m. Audience Q&A

1:00 p.m. Adjourn



Steven Bliss
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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