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Pacific Council's Global LA Summit

Friday, April 13, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm PDT
The California Club
538 S Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Join the Pacific Council on International Policy for its Global Los Angeles Summit! Southern California Grantmakers is partnering with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to co-sponsor two sessions at this year's Summit. SCG members can register at the non-profit rate ($225), and are welcome to attend all day.

You can view the full agenda and learn more here. Continue reading below for the two co-sponsored session descriptions.


Making the Global Local: Megacities and the Sustainable Development Goals

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Consistently ranked among the world’s top ten most economically powerful cities, Los Angeles generates more than $1 billion in economic activity every day. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, there is a rising impetus on major cosmopolitan cities to share best practices and lessons with each other. In that spirit, earlier this year, Mayor Garcetti committed to assembling a network of global cities that accelerates Los Angeles’ pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moving forward, the City of Los Angeles will serve as one of eight local data hubs for sharing information related to SDG indicators, with the goal of holistically navigating the complex policy challenges that large cities face around the world. In doing so, Los Angeles has positioned itself at the forefront of building intersectoral partnerships to address issues ranging from hunger and inequality, to building resilient infrastructure and combating climate change. 


Penny Abeywardena,Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City

As head of the Mayor's Office for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena leads the City's global platform for promoting its goals for a more just and accessible society, showcasing the diversity of New Yorkers and sharing policies and best practices with the world. Since her appointment in 2014, the International Affairs team has launched a series of initiatives focused on connecting New Yorkers and City agencies to the diplomatic community, as well as more effectively serving NYC's diplomatic corps, which is the largest in the world. Prior to joining Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, Penny was the Director of Girls and Women Integration at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Before joining CGI, Penny worked in both development and programmatic areas for Human Rights Watch, the Funding Exchange and the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. In 2017, Penny was named by the French American Foundation as a Young Leader. She is a World Economic Forum 2016 Young Global Leader, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Development Corporation. Penny serves on the Innovation Advisory Committee for 92Y and on the Founding Member Committee of Lincoln Center’s Global Exchange. Penny was a contributing author to Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change, and in 2012 was recognized by the United Nation’s Decide Now Act (DNA) Summit as one of 101 Global Innovators for her work to put women's rights on the global political agenda. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and completed her Master of International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.


Anthony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Global Economy & Development, Brookings

Anthony "Tony" Pipa is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program. In that capacity, he studies efforts to realize the universality of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring how economic mobility and security, and democratic cohesion and governance, can be advanced simultaneously in developed and developing countries. He has more than 25 years of experience in the philanthropic and public sectors addressing poverty in the U.S. and globally. He served as chief strategy officer for USAID and as U.S. special coordinator for the Post-2015 Agenda at the Department of State, leading the U.S. delegation at the U.N. to negotiate and adopt the SDGs. As deputy assistant to the administrator in Policy, Planning, and Learning at USAID, he oversaw the Agency’s global policy engagement and launched major partnerships with bilateral donors. An independent consultant prior to his appointment, he ran the NGO Leaders Forum at Harvard University, an informal think tank for the CEOs of the largest U.S. NGOs, providing a platform to elevate international development in U.S. foreign policy and increase the effectiveness of their global operations. He served as founding executive director of the Warner Foundation, addressing issues of race and poverty in North Carolina and was founding director of philanthropic services at the Triangle Community Foundation. He attended Stanford University, was graduated from Duke University, and earned a Master of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Colleen Thouez, Senior Advisor, United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Colleen Thouez is senior advisor at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, where she leads the migration work. She is also senior fellow at Columbia University’s Global Policy Initiative. Until 2017, Dr. Thouez served as advisor to Peter D. Sutherland, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration. Since 2013, she chairs the World Bank capacity building cluster for its migration knowledge management project (KNOMAD). She is the co-founder of the “Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development”, an annual global gathering of mayors that will take place in Marrakesh in December 2018. In January, she spearheaded the creation of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM), whose executive committee she co-chairs with the Dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers University. In April, she will assume the directorship of the welcoming and integration division at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Headquarters in New York.


Global Vision, Urban Action: Promoting the SDGs in U.S. Cities

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

This is a follow up discussion to the previous session earlier in the day.


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SCG Members: $225

Who May Attend
Open to those interested in leading the way on a host of international issues

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