California is often looked at as a testing ground for progressive policy and serves as a model to expand these policies on a national scale. President Joe Biden's Administration has already looked to California to help formulate some national priorities. However, many see California’s giant economy (5th largest in the world) as fraught with significant challenges including high traffic, housing costs, taxation rates, homelessness, and energy costs, not to mention shrinking population growth and tech giants leaving the state.

Join our prestigious panelists to discuss the future of California’s economy post-COVID, and how Biden’s priorities for his first 100 days will impact the state.


  • James Brulte (moderator) - Former California Republican Party Chairman; former CA State Senator and Assemblymember
  • John Chiang - California State Treasurer (ret.) (D-CA); former California State Controller; former CPF fellow
  • Fiona Ma - California State Treasurer (D-CA); former CA State Assemblymember and Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly

This event is a partnership with the USC Dornsife Alumni Association and the USC Center for the Political Future.

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