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Paying It Forward? The 2015/2016 California Budget Review

Thursday, February 12, 2015 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PST
Northen California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA
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As Governor Brown entered his final term with a balanced budget in tow, he released his proposed 2015-16 Budget which continues the trend towards cautious spending and a focus on long-term debt.  The proposed budget calls for $113 billion in proposed general fund spending, an increase of only 1.4 percent despite the state's substantial economic recovery, and contains modest increases in spending on public education and  health and human services but holds the line in a number of other areas. 

Please join us for our annual look at the state’s budget with the California Budget Project and its Executive Director, Chris Hoene. Chris will provide a high-level analysis of the Governor's 2015-16 proposed Budget—it’s social and economic context and outline  the policy choices and outcomes that are likely to emerge in this year's budget deliberations.

Chris’ presentation will be followed by a discussion with San Francisco's Budget Director Kate Howard and Peter Manzo, President and CEO of United Ways of California who will provide insights on the implication of the budget on nonprofits, local communities, and government .

Come Join Us To

  • Receive expert analysis and insight on the 2015/16 Proposed Budget
  • Hear from nonprofit and government leaders about implications of the proposed budget in the Bay Area and statewide
  • Engage in a lively discussion about the role philanthropy can play as the budget unfolds and its implications become clearer

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.  If you are not a NCG member, please regiester by emailing: 

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Christopher Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget Project 

Kate Howard, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance for San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Peter Manzo, President & CEO of United Ways of California

Speaker Bios

Christopher Hoene is the Executive Director of the California Budget Project and is an expert in public finance. He was previously director of the Center for Research & Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. and served as media spokesman and leads a wide-ranging research program on issues such as fiscal policy, community and economic development, housing and immigration. Prior to working at the National League of Cities, Chris was a research fellow with the Public Policy Institute in San Francisco and served as a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. He has a doctorate in political science from Claremont Graduate University. His doctoral dissertation examined Proposition 13, passed by California voters in 1978, and its longer-term implications for state and local public finance.

Kate Howard is Kate Howard is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance for San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee.  In this capacity, she advises the Mayor on fiscal and policy issues affecting the City and County of San Francisco and leads the annual budget process for the executive branch, culminating in the submission of a balanced budget in June.  The Mayor’s Budget Office is also responsible for producing a 5-year financial plan for the City, as well as monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of key policy initiatives on behalf of the Mayor.  Since 2007, she has worked in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office under both Mayor Lee and former Mayor Gavin Newsom. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a degree in Politics with a minor in Women’s Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio. 

Peter Manzo is President & CEO of United Ways of California, which improves health, education and financial results for low-income children and families by enhancing and coordinating the community impact and advocacy work of California’s United Ways. Previously, Pete was Director of Strategic Initiatives for Advancement Project, a civil rights “action tank” that advances equity and expands opportunity for low income and vulnerable people, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.; Executive Director and General Counsel of the Center for Nonprofit Management; and Directing Attorney of Community Development Programs for Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono law firm and the Los Angeles affiliate of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley; he also is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he received a Master's degree in Political Sociology, and the University of Notre Dame, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Government.