California Policy Forum: First 100 Days of the Newsom Administration

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 11:00am PDT
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

California’s new governor has promised big changes for our state, both when he was on the campaign trail and in his first proposed budget. Now that 100 days have passed, what are Governor Newsom’s top priorities? What has he already been able to jump-start? And what isn’t getting addressed?

Join experts from nonprofits, philanthropy, and government who will help us sort through the dizzying array of budget proposals, bills, initiatives, and ideas that are all part of Governor Newsom’s policy agenda.

The California Policy Forum is a partnership between CalNonprofits and Philanthropy California (Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers) and the League of California Community Foundations. The California Policy Forum not only provides a platform to bring together the voice of nonprofits and philanthropy in our state, but amplifies the sector's significance and priorities to policy makers and experts.



Chris Hoene, California Budget & Policy Center
Chris Hoene

Executive Director
California Budget & Policy Center

As executive director, Chris leads the Budget Center's work examining the most pressing budget and policy issues and making them accessible and more understandable. They aim to broaden participation in state policy debates and help foster outcomes that work for all Californians, especially those individuals and communities who have not yet shared in our state’s economic prosperity.


Christoper Martin, Housing California

Christopher Martin
Legislative Advocate
Homelessness at Housing California

Christopher serves on the Executive Steering Committee at the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) for the Adult Reentry Program. Christopher has worked in the State Capitols of Illinois and Michigan, and the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. 


Linda Nguy, Western Center on Law & Poverty

Linda Nguy
Policy Advocate
Western Center on Law & Poverty

Linda Nguy is Policy Advocate for the Western Center, specializing in health care issues that affect poor Californians. Prior to joining Western Center, Linda worked with the State of Washington and Mississippi to help establish their state-based health exchange. Specifically, she drafted the online application for subsidized and unsubsidized qualified health plans. She also worked on California’s behavioral health adjudication system and as Policy Associate for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. Linda received her MPP/MBA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and undergraduate degree from Brown University.


Karthick Ramakrishnan, UC Riverside

Karthick Ramakrishnan
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
University of California, Riverside

Karthick is founding director of the Center for Social Innovation and a Board Member of The California Endowment, and Chair of the California Commission on APIA Affairs. He directs the National Asian American Survey and is the founder of, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 


Laurel Rosenthall, CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall
Political Reporter

Laurel covers California politics for CALmatters, with a focus on power and personalities in the statehouse. Her weekly news analyses explain political dynamics in the Capitol and examine how money, advocacy and relationships shape the decisions that affect Californians. She joined CALmatters after more than a dozen years as a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, where she covered the influence of lobbyists on state government. Previously, she covered education for the Sacramento Bee, winning awards for stories that exposed unintended consequences of standardized testing and revealed abuses in the teacher pension system. Laurel is a native Californian and holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.