Join us as the Budget Center celebrates 25 years of working to improve public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of Californians with low and middle incomes.
Our premier conference takes place Monday, March 9, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, and brings together legislative staff, state and local government leaders, staff of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, community advocates, and many more individuals dedicated to seeing more Californians share in the state’s prosperity.
Among our speakers
|Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is an award-winning physician, researcher and advocate dedicated to changing the way our society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma. She was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. Her career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities. She is the Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, an organization leading the effort to advance pediatric medicine, raise public awareness, and transform the way society responds to children exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. Dr. Burke Harris’ TED Talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across the Lifetime” has been viewed more than 6 million times. Her book “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity” was called “indispensable” by The New York Times. She is the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Heinz Award for the Human Condition.|
|Ann O’Leary, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Chief of Staff, is an American political advisor, lawyer, and nonprofit leader. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior policy advisor in the Bill Clinton Administration and as legislative director to Senator Hillary Clinton. O’Leary served as a senior policy advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign and as co-executive director of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project. After the 2016 Presidential election, O’Leary became a partner at the Palo Alto office of Boies, Schiller, & Flexner, where her practice has focused on strategic consulting and crisis management. Ann is the proud mother of a 6th grader and 3rd grader, and is the first Chief of Staff to a California Governor to hold the job while parenting school-age children (and she is a very grateful co-equal co-parent with Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Goodwin Liu).|
|Ise Lyfe is an award-winning recording artist, justice advocate, author, and actor. He’s one of the leading spoken word artist in America with a broad fan base stemming from his appearances on several commercial market platforms and his social and political commentary, which exist in the realms of published works, major network guest commentary, college speaking, and even conceptual art. He is the Executive Director of Lyfe Productives, a highly retained California based product development firm with a client portfolio that includes Kaiser Permanente, The National Fair Housing Alliance, University of California Regents, Comedy Central, and Deloitte. His famed Hip-Hop Theater production Pistols and Prayers (based on book of same title) premiered at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theater and brings together on one stage Spoken Word, American Folk Spirituals, Classical music, Hip-Hop, and Theater to address American apathy and resilience through the lens of the generation born into the 1980s/1990s crack epidemic. He has a decade of experience in performance and education that includes residencies and lectures at over 300 universities including Yale and Princeton. Ise’s hometown of Oakland awarded him with one of its highest honors by dedicating his birthday as ‘Ise Lyfe Day.’|
|Senator Holly J. Mitchell has served in California’s Legislature since 2011. She was elected in 2014 to represent the 30th Senate District, which stretches from Century City to South Los Angeles. Senator Mitchell chairs the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, and serves on the Senate’s Health, Insurance, Labor and Employment, and Public Safety Committees and on the Joint Committee on Rules. She also founded the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, and belongs to both the Black Caucus and Women’s Caucus. During her time in the Legislature, Senator Mitchell has obtained passage into law of more than 50 bills focused on improving human services, expanding access to health care, securing women’s reproductive rights, protecting the environment, ending the trafficking of minors, defending the civil rights of minorities and the undocumented and, above all, reducing the numbers of children growing up in poverty.|
|Mia Birdsong is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. In her book How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community (Hachette, June 2020), Mia charts swaths of community life and points us toward the promise of our collective vitality. In “More Than Enough,” her podcast miniseries from The Nation, she expands the current guaranteed income movement by tapping into the voices and visions of low-income people. Previously, as founding co-director of Family Story, Mia lifted up a new national story about what makes a good family. Mia lives and dreams big on the occupied land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people (AKA Oakland, CA).|
Listed in program order.