Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas kicked off the first leg of the Chamber's listening tour, joining Make in LA Partner Carmen Palafox at Toolbox LA in Chatsworth for a fireside chat.
Kim Pattillo Brownson, vice president of policy and strategy at First 5 LA, and Edgar Cabral, principal fiscal and policy analyst at the Legislative Analystís Office, gave more than 50 of the Chamberís key education stakeholders a detailed overview of Gov. Newsomís proposed investments, which will expand access to quality education, allowing for more low-income students to access high-wage employment and achieve upward socioeconomic mobility.
At the January meeting of the Chamberís Board of Directors, Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas recognized four members for their outstanding contributions to the organization and the L.A. business community.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Controller Betty Yee, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond were all sworn into office this week. Chamber incoming Board Chair Jerry Neuman, DLA Piper LLP; President & CEO Maria S. Salinas; and Policy Manager Olivia Lee were all in Sacramento for the festivities.
On Tuesday, the Chamber was joined by Beacon Economics Founding Partner Chris Thornberg for a comprehensive economic update and forecast for the upcoming year, both in California and nationally.
On Thursday, the Chamber hosted the 2018 Small Business Workshop. The event featured breakout sessions focused on the procurement process.
The Consulate General of China, in partnership with the Chamber and Los Angeles Regional Export Council, was joined by nearly 140 guests to hear from senior government officials, business leaders and experts as they shared their insights about the past, present and the future of China-U.S. trade relations.
On Monday, the Chamber celebrated our annual reception to ring in the holiday season.