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New Research: Californians Working in Poverty and the Implications for our State

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm PDT
The James Irvine Foundation
One Bush Plaza, 1 Bush St #800, San Francisco, CA 94104
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With support from The James Irvine Foundation, Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of PRRI – a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization – will brief attendees on new findings from its survey of working Californians who are struggling with poverty.

The James Irvine Foundation’s Don Howard (President and CEO) and Kelley Gulley (Senior Program Officer) will introduce PRRI, and provide context about the research and the Foundation’s focus on low-income workers in California. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with Dr. Jones and the contents of the report after the presentation.

Join Us To Hear:

  • Who working Californians are, and what their values and aspirations are
  • The barriers to opportunity they face
  • The implications of their struggle
  • Their perspectives on work, policymakers, and the state of the California Dream


Dr. Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, two other books, and numerous peer-reviewed book chapters and articles.

Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics and culture and is frequently featured in major national media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and others. Dr. Jones serves as the Co-Chair of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and is a past member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Politics and Religion, a journal of the American Political Science AssociationHe holds a PhD in Religion from Emory University, an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BS in Computing Science and Mathematics from Mississippi College. Dr. Jones was selected by Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2013, and by Mississippi College’s Mathematics Department as Alumnus of the Year in 2016.

Before founding PRRI, Dr. Jones worked as a consultant and senior research fellow at several think tanks in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.


Northern California Grantmakers and The James Irvine Foundation

Target Audience 

This program is for funders only. It is open to non-NCG members.