Past Events

The inaugural CLEI’s State of California Latino Middle Class will examine the trends of Latino economic well-being in California. With Latinos’ growing demographic presence in the state—38.5% of the state’s population—a strong Latino middle class is essential to the future economic vitality of California. This event sets the foundation to address the expansion of the Latino middle class as a priority to the greater advancement of California and America’s economic growth.of California and America’s economic growth.
Date: 7/9/2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: California Museum (Auditorium) - 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Confirmed Speakers: 

  • The Hon. Blanca Rubio - Assemblywoman - District 48 (D - Baldwin Park)
  • The Hon. Lorena Gonzalez - Assemblywoman - District 80 (D - San Diego) and California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair
  • Dr. Mindy Romero - Founder and Director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Lenny Mendonca - Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and Director of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
  • Mike Madrid - Senior Advisor at California Latino Economic Institute and partner at GrassrootsLab
  • Gina Lujan - CEO & Founder @ Hacker Lab & Code For Hood

Event Partner: California Latino Legislative Caucus
Event Sponsors: AT&T & Univision 19
Community Partners:

  • California Civic Engagement Project
  • California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
  • Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
  • Hispanics in Energy
  • ​La Cooperativa Campesina de California
  • Latino Business Action Network
  • ​Latinas Lead CA
  • Latino Community Foundation
  • USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM     Registration
3:30 PM - 3:40 PM     Welcome
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM     Presentation - The State of California Latino Middle Class
4:35 PM - 5:35 PM     Panel - Igniting the Latino Economic Prosperity
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM     Reception


Beyond the Disparities: The Economic Reality for California Latinos in Employment and Entrepreneurship 
The CLEI’s Regional Forums Series are designed to engage stakeholders in proactive and timely conversations to address the opportunities to expand the Latino middle class. This event will also serve as the platform to release our latest research on Employment and Entrepreneurship. Employment and Entrepreneurship are critical equalizers towards upward economic mobility into the middle class for Latinos. Recent trends show a significant increase of Latino owned businesses, yet the economic disparities for the future of this group continues to grow and become more alarming. Our Research Brief Special Series: The State of Latino Economic Well-Being in California have been pivotal to provide the baseline footing and opportunities to grow a Latino middle class in California.
Date: 5/10/2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Locatiion: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - 350 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Registration Portal: Invite Only Event