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Democracy & The Next American Economy - Where Prosperity Meets Justice: Breakfast Conversation

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am PDT
The California Club, Fireside Room
538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Henry A. J. Ramos, author of Democracy and the Next American Economy: Where Prosperity Meets Justice, believes the United States is at a crossroads, facing the most challenging moment since the civil rights movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In fact, absent major new interventions and investments, he sees this moment as a pivotal turning point in the American journey in which political polarization, income and wealth disparity and public violence—much of which is race related—threaten the very essence and integrity of our democracy and economy.  Ramos examines the policies that have contributed to America’s decline, including those that have led to the concentration of great wealth in the hands of a few while condemning many to systemic poverty and inequality. Current economic and social trends, he stresses, are unsustainable and call for organized, concerted action by people of conscience and those affected. 

Join us for a breakfast conversation with Ramos and philanthropic leaders to discuss why philanthropy must act with urgency and courage to address this reality. They will engage the audience in a discussion about the futures of American democracy and our economy, and help us consider how we as forward-looking leaders and grantmakers can co-invest in emerging political and economic innovations that put people before privilege and profit.


Joe Lurmada
Senior Vice President & Investment Counselor, The Capital Group
Board Member, The California Wellness Foundation &  Southern California Grantmakers

Joe Lumarda is Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services and a Vice President of Capital Guardian Trust Company, a Nevada Corporation. Capital Group Private Client Services provides investment management and financial planning services for individuals, families, trusts, foundations, and nonprofit institutions. Prior to joining Capital, Lumarda spent 16 years at the California Community Foundation in various roles including Program Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He is the board chair of the Center for Nonprofit Management, and a member of the boards of Asian American and Pacific Islander Legal Center, Give2Asia, Drucker Institute, Pasadena Child Health Foundation, and Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation.

Henry A.J. Ramos
Author, Democracy & The Next American Economy: Where Prosperity Meets Justice
Principal, Mauer Kunst Consulting

Henry A. J. Ramos is Principal of Mauer Kunst Consulting, a private research and advising firm working with social investors and public interest nonprofit groups. He is past Executive Director of Equal Voice Action, a national membership organization of poor and low-income families seeking enhanced political and economic empowerment, and past President and CEO of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, one of the nation’s leading applied research centers on issues of economic mobility and justice.

Robert K Ross, M.D.
President and CEO, The California Endowment

Robert K. Ross is the President and CEO of The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as Director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Ross is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Co-Chair, Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition and has served as a member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Board, National Vaccine Advisory Committee and on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as Chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative and was honored by the Council on Foundations as the Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year for 2008. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Angelica Salas
Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Board Member, The California Wellness Foundation

Since becoming CHIRLA's executive director in 1999, Angelica Salas has spearheaded several ambitious campaigns locally, state-wide, and nationally. She helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and established day laborer job centers that have served as a model for the rest of the nation. She led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver license and is a leading spokesperson on federal immigration policy as an active member of FIRM and RIFA. Under Angelica's leadership, CHIRLA and its partners across the country have built the foundation for the recent upsurge in immigrant rights activism.  As part of a national coordinating committee, Angelica helped convene a coalition of organizations in California which have successfully mobilized millions of immigrants to demand comprehensive immigration reform including legalization with a path to citizenship, family reunification, and the protection of civil and labor rights.

No cost to participate

Dress Code
The California Club enforces a strict Business Casual/No Jeans Dress Code. Men are required to wear coats.

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

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 [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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