Poverty and Opportunity in California
About the Program
Despite strong economic growth, California continues to experience high rates of poverty. Backed by strong fiscal reserves, state policymakers have taken several steps to assist struggling families, but the goal of reducing poverty remains elusive. In this conversation, PPIC will share the latest data from the California Poverty Measure, and a panel of experts will discuss the implications for decision makers, stakeholders, and families across the state—and what more needs to be done.
11:45 a.m. Registration and lunch
12:05 p.m. Welcome
Deborah Gonzalez, director of government affairs, PPIC
12:10 p.m. Presentation
Tess Thorman, research associate, PPIC
12:20 p.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jackie Botts, income inequality reporter, CalMatters
Caroline Danielson, policy director and senior fellow, PPIC
Kim Johnson, director, California Department of Social Services
Richard Raya, director, Mission Promise Neighborhood
Peter Weber, founder, California Bridge Academies
1:00 p.m. Audience Q&A
1:30 p.m. Adjourn
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