2009 Summit

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RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE 2009 WORKING FAMILIES POLICY SUMMIT

Released on January 13, 2009

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Recommendations from the Summit Visionaries:

PLENARY SESSION

California’s State Budget Crisis
Funding a Future for California’s Working Families

Moderated by Senator Denise Ducheny
Jean Ross, Executive Director, California Budget Project
Lenny Goldberg, Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association
James Mayer, Executive Director, California Forward

Provocateurs

Mark Paul, Senior Scholar, New America Foundation
Frank Mecca, Executive Director, County Welfare Directors Association

10:45 – 12:00

MORNING POLICY TRACKS

TRACK 1
Securing the Safety Net for Working Families
Moderated by Senator Carol Liu

Cash Assistance Programs Mike Herald, Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Food Stamps George Manalo-LeClair, Director of Legislation, California Food Policy Advocates
Medi-Cal Elizabeth Landsberg, Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Housing Julie Snyder, Policy Director, Housing California

Provocateurs
Nancy Berlin, Director, California Partnership
Sherry Novick, Executive Director, California First Five Association

TRACK 2
Asset Protection and Asset Building
Moderated by Matthew Marsom, Director of Public Policy, Public Health Institute

Asset Building
Olivia Calderon, California Legislative Director, Asset Building Program
New America Foundation

Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Reform
Payday Lending
Paul Leonard, Director, California Office, Center for Responsible Lending

Provocateurs
Scott Graves, Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget Project
Camille M. Busette, Vice President, EARN & Asset Policy Initiative of California

TRACK 3
It Takes a Village: Children in Foster Care
Moderated by Assemblyman Jim Beall

Transition-Age Youth
Amy Lemley, Policy Director, John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes

Children 0-5
Alice Bussiere, Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center

Federal Reforms
Ed Howard, Senior Counsel, Children’s Advocacy Institute

Provocateurs
Stuart Oppenheim, Executive Director, Child and Family Policy Institute of California
Christopher N. Wu, Supervising Attorney, Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Judicial Council of California – Administrative Office of the Courts

12:30 – 2:00
SUMMIT LUNCHEON – LOOKING FORWARD: WORKING FAMILIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Welcoming Remarks
Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña
Vice Chair, Legislative Women’s Caucus
Jason Campbell, Staff Director, SEIU-UHW

Keynote Speaker
Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg

2:15 – 3:30
AFTERNOON POLICY TRACKS

TRACK 4
Keeping California Healthy
Moderated by Assemblyman Dave Jones

Health Care Reform
Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California

Mental Health
Rusty Selix, Executive Director, Mental Health Association of California & California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies

Prevention
Marty Martinez, Policy Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Provocateurs
Stefan Harvey, Assistant Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Dr. Carmen Nevarez, Vice President for External Relations and Preventive
Medicine Advisor, Public Health Institute

TRACK 5
Taking Care of our Children: Preschool, Childcare and After-School Programs
Moderated by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner

Preschool
Catherine Atkin, President, Preschool California

Child Care
Nancy Strohl, Executive Director, Child Care Law Center

After-School Programs
Jennifer Peck, Executive Director, Bay Area Partnership

Child Care Food Program
Ken Hecht, Executive Director, California Food Policy Advocates

Provocateurs
Mary Ignatius, Statewide Organizer, Parent Voices
Fran Kipnis, Principal Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley

TRACK 6
Workplaces that Work for Families
Moderated by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma

Paid Sick Days
Ronald Coleman, Legislative and Policy Director, California ACORN

Increasing Breastfeeding in the Low-Wage Worksite
Laurie True, Executive Director, California WIC Association

Federal Priorities to Support Working Families
Netsy Firestein, Executive Director, Labor Project for Working Families

Provocateurs
Ann O’Leary, Executive Director, Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security
School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Beth McGovern, Legislative Director, California Commission on the Status of Women

3:45 – 4:30
CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

In an era when professionals and associations are rewarded for specializing and focusing on single issues – how do we break out of silos and develop support for the range of issues that affect working families? What are the elements of a working families agenda – and what are the advantages and challenges of working in coalition? And at this time of economic crisis, what are our opportunities?

Kate Karpilow, Executive Director, California Center for Research on Women and Families
Ted Lempert, President, Children Now
Holly J. Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Crystal Stairs, Inc.

A Special Thank You to our Funders:
Kaiser Permanente & SEIU-UHW
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The California Endowment

CCRWF is a program of the Public Health Institute
Kate Karpilow, Ph.D., CCRWF Executive Director
Cathy Murnighan, Summit Coordinator