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What Will our Next Governor Do for California’s Young Children and their Families?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm PST
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017
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You are invited to join us for a timely and important discussion: What Will our Next Governor Do for California’s Young Children and their Families?
During the campaign’s final days, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom turned his focus squarely on our state’s youngest children, vowing to expand high-quality early education programs, establish universal preschool and improve child care programs for the youngest children. “Our role begins when babies are still in the womb and doesn’t end until we’ve done all we can to prepare them for a quality job and successful career,” he said during the campaign.
Among his first actions, Newsom appointed Ann O’Leary as his Chief of Staff – one of the most powerful and influential positions in the state. O’Leary is one of the nation’s top early childhood policy experts. A longtime advisor to Hillary Clinton with a focus on children and family policy, O’Leary served as Senior Vice President at Next Generation where she led the national Too Small To Fail Initiative; she worked on both the Children’s Health Insurance Program and and has focused on family leave policies.
Expectations for the next Administration are high, with California’s economy still strong and the state likely to enjoy a record budget surplus next year. But the Governor-elect faces many competing interests who are asking for new spending to address the state’s housing, poverty and healthcare challenges.
Join us for a discussion of what Governor-elect Newsom might do – and how, and when. Can California again be the nation’s leader in early childhood education? Can the next Governor establish the country’s leading family leave policies? And what role can philanthropy play at this incredibly pivotal moment?
Given the evolving nature of the next Administration, stay tuned for information on panelists as we secure their participation, and please RSVP by clicking this link




David Rattray (Moderator)
Executive Vice President
Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

David Rattray oversees the Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development at the Chamber and UNITE-LA, the School-to-Career Partnership of Los Angeles. Rattray ofMicially joined the Chamber in 2003 after being a strategic partner for several years. Since 1998, he has led UNITE-LA in building business and educational partnerships toward a goal of improving the academic achievement and enthusiasm for learning for all Los Angeles students. Previously Rattray spent more than 20 years in the foodservice distribution industry.

Rattray served on the L.A. City Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council and was vice chair of the State Workforce Investment Board's Lifelong Learning Committee. Rattray earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. When Rattray really wants to shine, he plays his tuba.


Catherine Atkin
Executive Director
The Early Learning Lab

Catherine is the founder of The Early Learning Lab and brings a decade of early childhood leadership and more than two decades of legal and policy experience to her work at The Lab.

Catherine leads our collective mission to address the complex challenge of identifying and scaling effective early learning solutions. She directs a cross-disciplinary team who supports our innovation work in local communities and guides the team to widely share best practices. Catherine collaborates with thought-leaders, researchers, and policymakers in California and across the nation to uncover and share what works.

As a senior fellow at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Catherine brought the concept of early learning social innovation to fruition through the founding of The Early Learning Lab. Prior to that, she founded Early Edge California where she led the passing of legislation to institute the state’s Mirst transitional kindergarten program, a new grade in California, as well as the passage of legislation creating an early education quality rating and improvement system.

Catherine graduated from Stanford University, holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.


Erin Gabel
Deputy Director, External and Governmental Affairs
First 5 California

Erin Gabel is the Deputy Director of the External and Governmental Affairs OfMice, where she is responsible for the Commission's legislative and public affairs initiatives. Prior to joining the First 5 California team, Erin was the education consultant for California State Senate President pro Tempore, Darrell Steinberg, and advised the pro Tem and Senate on a wide range of education reform issues that included preschool and early learning, kindergarten through grade 12 public education, and higher education.

Before joining Senator Steinberg's policy team, Erin was the Director of Government Affairs Division at the California Department of Education. Erin was responsible for the Department's involvement in all state and federal budget and legislative processes. She served State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as a policy advisor under different hats in the Department, Assembly, and the Senate over an eleven year tenure.

Prior to working at the state Capitol, Erin served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia. Erin was one of the founding staff members of the Partnership for Children and Youth as their Mirst Children Nutrition Project Director, and now serves on its Board of Directors. Erin is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the proud mother of two young and active boys, August and Rhys.


Monique Ramos
Senior Associate
California Strategies & Advocacy

Monique Ramos is with California Strategies & Advocacy, where she advises clients on legislative strategy, budget, and policy including Early Childhood and K-12 education policy. Ramos manages the Early Care and Education (ECE) Coalition which is made up of 34 organizations and has secured over $1 billion of investment for child care and preschool over the last four years.

Before joining California Strategies & Advocacy, Ramos was the Director of Government Affairs under State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. In that role, Ramos managed the Superintendents and Department of Education’s budget and legislative agendas. Previously, Ramos served in several California State Assembly of Mices in a variety of positions. Ramos received her Bachelor of Arts in Government with a Minor in Communications Studies from California State University, Sacramento.


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