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November 2, 2018

SIEPR Policy Forum: What's Next for California

SIEPR Policy Forum: What's Next for California

As Election Day nears, SIEPR will explore issues facing the next California governor as he sets priorities. The choices he and California legislators make could determine if there will be clear skies or rainy days ahead. 

Join an A-list of California policymakers, practitioners, and academics for a daylong Policy Forum at SIEPR featuring a conversation with Governor Jerry Brown!


Policy Forum
SIEPR Gunn Building Koret-Taube Conference Center 366 Galvez St. Stanford University

Open to Stanford students, faculty, staff, and SIEPR affiliates. Registration is required. Please contact Leslie Murray to register. 

Leslie Murray

November 2, 2018

9:00am to 9:30am
Continental Breakfast and Welcome
9:30am to 10:30am
A Primer on California State Finances
Presenter(s) : 

Why California is better off than eight years ago

Michael Cohen, Chief Financial Officer, CalPERS



Mark Duggan, The Trione Director and Senior Fellow, SIEPR

10:30am to 11:30am
A Rainy Day Ahead?
Presenter(s) : 

What a recession or bear market could mean to the Golden State

Jonathan Coslet, Chief Investment Officer, TPG Capital 

Gabriel Petek, Managing Director and Sector Leader, U.S. States Group of the U.S. Public Finance Division of S&P Global Ratings



Gopi Shah Goda, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, SIEPR

11:30am to 11:45am
Pick-up Box Lunches
11:45am to 12:45pm
Presenter(s) : 
12:45pm to 1:00pm
1:00pm to 2:00pm
A Thunderhead: Pensions and Unfunded Liabilities
Presenter(s) : 

How pension and retirement costs could crowd out public services

Eric Filseth, Vice Mayor, City of Palo Alto

Judy Lin, Fiscal Report, CALmatters

Joe Nation, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Stanford University



David Crane, Lecturer in Public Policy, Stanford University; President of Govern for California

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Poverty, the Safety Net, and Building A More Inclusive Economy
Presenter(s) : 

Reducing poverty and rebuilding a middle class

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

Don Howard, President and Chief Executive Officer, The James Irvine Foundation

Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director, Working Partnerships USA



Lenny Mendonca, Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

3:00pm to 3:30pm
Coffee Cart and Cookies
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Less Affordable, Less Desirable? A Look at Housing Costs and Taxes
Presenter(s) : 

Tackling high housing costs and taxes

Irena Asmundson, Chief Economist, California Department of Finance

Chris Campbell, Principal, Deloitte Tax LLP

Shannon Peloquin, Partner, McKinsey



Joshua Rauh, SIEPR Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow and Director of Research at the Hoover Institution and the Ormond Family Professor of Finance at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Why California is the World’s 5th Largest Economy
5:30pm to 6:00pm