Democracy and the Next American Economy

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
9:00am - 11:00am PST
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4010 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
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Democracy and the Next American Economy: Where Prosperity Meets Justice is a research and public engagement project that seeks to explore new actionable ideas for reinvigorating American democracy and shared prosperity in the 21st century.

Henry A. J. Ramos, the book's author, will join community leaders for a plenary discussion on the role of funders in a functioning democracy, including equitable investments and supporting civic education, voter participation, and other forms of democratic engagement.

The event's goal is to engage and elevate the public discourse on how we can create a more cohesive and durable strategy toward equity, inclusiveness and expanded prosperity for all. To foster true equity, we need new ideas, a more inclusive set of voices, and inspired action. The event will offer a Q&A opportunity to participate in dialogue with speakers. 

If you require any accommodations in order to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected].

Featured Speakers

Henry A. J. Ramos is a longtime public policy researcher and nonprofit leader. He is past Executive Director of Equal Voice Action, a national membership organization of working and striving families seeking enhanced political and economic empowerment, and past President & CEO of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, one of the nation's leading applied research centers on issues of economic mobility and justice. Before joining the Insight Center, he served as director and lead consultant of the Diversity in Philanthropy Project, an initiative of leading U.S. private foundations to increase philanthropic effectiveness through the greater inclusion of multicultural talent in foundation appointments, investments and contracting.



Carl Luna has been a professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College since 1989, and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego since 1999 lecturing on American government, international relations and foreign policy. In 1999-2000 Dr. Luna was a senior Fulbright Scholar lecturing on American and global politics in the Russian Federation. In 2014 the Association of Community College Trustees awarded him for being one of the 5 top community college professors in the country. He is a frequent non-partisan commentator on politics, giving over a thousand interviews to local, national and international media including public radio and TV, CBS, NBC, the Associated Press and the BBC and is currently San Diego FOX 5’s political analyst. Dr. Luna is co-chair of Restoring Respect, a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego dialogue supported by a consortium of academic institutions and community groups.


Julie Dubick, partner in HG Consulting Group LLC, combines her expertise in law, policy development and implementation, and non-profit work to assist clients in the corporate, governmental, and non-profit worlds.  Julie’s experience in advising and counseling private and public entities on legal and policy issues provides leaders with effective decision-making tools to reach successful and fair outcomes when confronted with policy changes or significant organizational challenges. Julie practiced corporate and employment law for 25 years and, in 2005, moved full time into the policy area, joining former Mayor Jerry Sanders staff first as Director of Policy and then as Chief of Staff. For the past 30 years, Julie has volunteered in the non-profit sector, including serving as past President and a founder of the San Diego Women’s Foundation.


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