Just three days into office, Governor Newsom offered a bold vision for the state rooted in a commitment to a “California for all." In his proposed 2019-2020 budget, the Governor calls for a series of bold and smart investments intended to broaden economic security and opportunity for Californians, while continuing to strengthen the state’s underlying fiscal health. With significant expansions in support of low- and middle-income Californians who are struggling to make ends meet and access greater economic opportunity, Governor Newsom has begun to lay the groundwork for significant investments and policy changes to address health care, housing and homelessness, and early childhood. With a new Governor kicking off his first term with an ambitious policy agenda and a super-majority in both houses of the Legislature, what’s on the horizon for Californians?
Join us for a conversation to learn about the Governor’s first budget and what it all means for families and communities across California. With our panel of experts, we’ll explore the implications of the Governor’s budget on three critical issues – health care, housing, and early childhood – and discuss the opportunities for philanthropy to support long-term policy change.
Sandra Hernandez, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation
Dr. Sandra R. Hernández is president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation. Prior to joining CHCF, Sandra was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years. She previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco. She also co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council, which designed Healthy San Francisco, an innovative health access program for the uninsured.
Sandra is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She practiced at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic from 1984 to 2016. She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Covered California board of directors in February 2018. She currently serves on the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Advisory Council at UC Davis and the UC Regents Committee on Health Services. Sandra served on the External Advisory Committee at the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences in 2016. Sandra is a graduate of Yale University, the Tufts School of Medicine, and the certificate program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Amie Fishman, Executive Director, Non-Profit Housing Associate of Northern California
Amie joined NPH as the Executive Director in January 2015 after more than 20 years in affordable housing and community development. Amie has led NPH’s successful initiative to grow public support and political will for affordable homes through ballot measure campaigns, collectively winning more than $2 billion from three Bay Area County measures in November 2016 and leveraging the momentum to help win a historic state package of affordable housing legislation in 2017.
Prior to NPH, as the Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations for almost nine years, she initiated major affordable housing advocacy campaigns, launched a resident organizing program, and grew EBHO’s membership and work. Amie also worked as the Director of Supportive Housing at Mission Housing Development Corporation for 10 years, directing supportive housing programs and community organizing collaborations for homeless and formerly homeless adults and families.
Amie holds an MPA in public policy analysis with a focus on affordable housing and community development from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU.
Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget and Policy Center
Chris Hoene joined the California Budget & Policy Center as Executive Director in 2012. Prior to joining the California Budget & Policy Center, he was director of the Center for Research & Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, governance, housing, sustainability, and infrastructure. Chris previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Public Policy Institute of California. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for his service and expertise in the areas of public policy and government. Chris holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Idaho.
Moira Kenney, Executive Director, First 5 Association of California
Moira Kenney is the Executive Director of the First 5 Association of California, the advocacy organization working with the 58 First 5 commissions which invest $350 million across CA to coordinate and build systems of care for children 0 to 5. Her work focuses on the need to scale innovative, community-driven solutions that support family resilience and healthy developmen to ensure that all young Californians start school ready to succeed. Previously, she served for four years as the Executive Director of First 5 San Francisco, where she was instrumental in launching the city's Preschool For All program and building a city-wide network of family resource centers. Prior to her work with First 5, Moira was the Research Director at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley, where she oversaw a university-community partnerships in neighborhoods across the Bay Area. Her background is in public policy and community development, and she has a PhD and MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a BA from Harvard University.
Ophelia Basgal, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation & Senior Executive Consultant, LeSar Development Consultants and InclusionInc. (Moderator)
Ophelia Basgal is currently a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation and Senior Executive Consultant for both LeSar Development Consultants and InclusionInc., a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. She was the Region IX Regional Administrator for the Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD). Prior to this position, she was the Vice President for Community Relations at PG&E from and Executive Director of the Alameda County and Dublin Housing Authorities.
Ophelia has a BA with Distinction from Arizona State University and Masters in Social Welfare, with a specialty in Administration, from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an active member in the community serving on the Boards of Trustees of TSFF, Mills College and the Alameda County California Employees’ Retirement Association, an $8+ billion public pension fund and the advisory boards of the Public Policy Institute of California and the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.
This event is open to the public.