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California’s new governor has promised big changes for our state, both when he was on the campaign trail and in his first proposed budget. Now that 100 days have passed, what are Governor Newsom’s top priorities? What has he already been able to jump-start? And what isn’t getting addressed?

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Webinar Panelists

Linda Nguy    Linda Nguy, Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Linda Nguy specializes in health care issues that affect poor Californians. Prior to joining Western Center, Linda worked with the State of Washington and Mississippi to help establish their state-based health exchange. Specifically, she drafted the online application for subsidized and unsubsidized qualified health plans. She also worked on California’s behavioral health adjudication system and as Policy Associate for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. Linda received her MPP/MBA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an undergraduate degree from Brown University.
Kathick Ramakrishnan    Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science @University of California, Riverside
Karthick is founding director of the Center for Social Innovation and a Board Member of The California Endowment, and Chair of the California Commission on APIA Affairs. He directs the National Asian American Survey and is the founder of, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He has published many articles and 6 books, including most recently, Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016) and The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and has written dozens of op-eds and appeared in over 1,000 news stories.
    Christopher Martin, Legislative Advocate - Homelessness at Housing California
Christopher Martin is the legislative advocate with a focus on California homelessness policy for Housing California and he serves on the Executive Steering Committee at the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) for the Adult Reentry Program. Christopher has worked in the State Capitols of Illinois and Michigan, and the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. While in D.C., Christopher worked for then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth to secure funding for homeless veteran care for various non-governmental organizations in Illinois and around the country.
Laurel Rosenhall    Laurel Rosenhall, Reporter for CALMatters
Laurel covers California politics for CALmatters, with a focus on power and personalities in the statehouse. Her weekly news analyses explain political dynamics in the Capitol and examine how money, advocacy and relationships shape the decisions that affect Californians. She joined CALmatters after more than a dozen years as a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, where she covered the influence of lobbyists on state government.
    Chris Hoene, Executive Director at California Budget & Policy Center
Chris Hoene became the Budget Center’s executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy and analysis. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance.

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