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California Counts: Partnerships for a Successful Census

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Sheraton Grand Hotel
13th And, J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
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The 2020 Census is less than a year away. The counting of nearly 400 million persons is an endeavor that requires cooperation among federal, state, and local governments, community-based organizations, and philanthropy. The allocation of federal funds to the state is determined by Census data. Therefore an inaccurate count will undermine Californians’ equal access to resources as well as equal political representation.
Philanthropy has made an accurate and fair Census count a priority. However, as California continues to prepare for the upcoming Census, the public and private sectors have an opportunity to help pave the future for our state. California is a national leader demonstrating the power of collaboration between philanthropy, community-based organizations, and government to ensure that every person is counted. 

We invite you to join our upcoming statewide cross-sector Census briefing, California Counts: Partnerships for a Successful Census on May 21, 2019, 1:30pm-4:30pm in Sacramento. 

During the briefing, we will share the efforts by both the nonprofit and philanthropic sector to ensure an accurate and complete count. We will also hear from the state Complete Count Committee about their immediate and future plans to identify opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. Join us for this timely discussion on immediate and future actions to ensure all Californians are counted.

In addition, we invite you to join Philanthropy California the following day for Philanthropy in the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 22. Philanthropy in the State Capitol Day gives funders the opportunity to foster relationships with key policymakers and to strengthen philanthropy’s voice to effect influential change for millions of Californians.

Join us to learn about state and funders’ investments to-date, on-the-ground outreach efforts, and how to get connected to this statewide movement. 


Assemblymember Marc Berman

Marc Berman was elected to the California Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 24th District, which includes southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County in the heart of Silicon Valley.

In the Assembly, Marc was appointed to chair the Committee on Elections and Redistricting, where he has become a leading voice on protecting voters from deceptive elections practices, making election information more accessible to voters, and improving election cybersecurity and campaign finance disclosure. He also chairs the Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, which is taking a methodical review of the 1960 Master Plan to ensure that California’s higher education system works for students in the 21st century economy. Most recently, Marc was appointed to chair the Select Committee on the Census and lead the Assembly in preparing California for the 2020 Census, which is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives as well as distribute more than $675 billion of federal funding to state and local governments.

Ditas Katague

Ditas Katague is currently the Director of the California Complete Count – Census 2020  for the State of California. She also serves as the Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Race, Ethnicities and Other Populations. She served as the Director of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Census 2010 project. In 2000, as Chief Deputy Campaign Director for the Governor’s Census 2000 California Complete Count campaign, she led a groundbreaking multi-lingual, multi-media outreach effort that resulted in a mail-in return rate that outpaced the entire nation. She is an expert in multi-ethnic outreach and civic engagement.  Ditas most recently served as Chief of Staff to the California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval where she improved public participation and access to the energy and telecommunications utility rate and regulation process. Since 1998, she has served on the Advisory Board for the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. Previously, he served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications. Padilla graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees). Previously, he worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and then-Assemblymember Tony Cardenas. In 1999, at the age of 26, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity. In 2005, Padilla was elected President of the League of California Cities. In 2006, he was elected to the California State Senate. He was reelected in 2010. Padilla previously served as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), a non-partisan organization made up of more than 6,000 federal, state and local officials dedicated to all aspects of civic engagement.

No cost to participate.

Who May Attend
SCG Members, Nonmember Grantmakers, Nonprofits, Government.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at progr[email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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