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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


Steven Bliss
Media Contact
Kelly Holt
Event Contact


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