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New Research: Californians Working in Poverty and the Implications for our State

Thursday, August 30, 2018
1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
California Community Foundation, Joan Palevsky Center
281 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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With support from The James Irvine Foundation, Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) – a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization – will brief attendees on new findings from its survey of working Californians who are struggling with poverty.

The James Irvine Foundation’s President and CEO, Don Howard, and Senior Program Officer, Kelley Gulley, will introduce PRRI, and provide context about the research and the Foundation’s focus on low-income workers in California.

Join us to hear:

  • Who working Californians are, their values and aspirations
  • The barriers to the opportunities they face
  • The implications of their struggle
  • Their perspectives on work, policymakers and the state of the California Dream



Dr. Robert Jones, CEO, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)

Dr. Robert Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture and politics. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, two other books and numerous peer-reviewed book chapters and articles.

Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics and culture and is frequently featured in major national media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York TimesThe Washington Post and others. Dr. Jones serves as the Co-Chair of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and is a past member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Politics and Religion, a journal of the American Political Science Association

He holds a PhD in Religion from Emory University, an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a BS in Computing Science and Mathematics from Mississippi College. Dr. Jones was selected by Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2013, and by Mississippi College’s Mathematics Department as Alumnus of the Year in 2016.

About PRRI

Public Religion Research Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture and public policy. PRRI’s research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious and political landscape. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, pundits, thought leaders, clergy and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.


Co-hosted by:

       Southern California Grantmakers  

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for membership. This is a funders only event.

SCG members: register online
Non-members: email [email protected] to request a non-member registration code

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.