At a pivotal time of transition and crisis for the state, PPIC -- in partnership with leading corporate and philanthropic partners -- will host a conference on California's future. This all day event includes keynote speeches and expert panels on education, climate change, the economy, and governance.
Presider: Mark Baldassare, Public Policy Institute of California.
Moderator:Robert M. Hertzberg, Mayer Brown, LLP
Jim Brulte, California Strategies, LLC Robert M. Hertzberg, Mayer Brown, LLP
Mark Baldassare is the President of the Public Policy Institute of California.
Jim Brulte served 14 years in the California State Legislature, most recently as Senate Republican Leader, before leaving office to join California Strategies. During that time he developed a national reputation as a dynamic leader, and prior to the election of Governor Schwarzenegger, was described as "arguably the most powerful elected Republican in California." He was recently appointed by President Bush to serve as a Member of the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy. He was also appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a member of the Performance Review Committee.
Robert M. Hertzberg was twice unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly (2000 – 2002). He now is co-founder of G24 Innovations based in Cardiff, Wales which manufactures a new type of lightweight and flexible solar cell that generates power in low, ambient and even indoor conditions. He is also an equity partner at Mayer Brown LLP, one of the world's largest international law firms.
His work with G24i, and as co-founder of Renewable Capital, has made him an active entrepreneur and leader in global policy on renewable energy. The Guardian (UK) named him as one of the "50 People Who Could Save the Planet" and his company won the World Bank's Award for Lighting Africa, for a project in Rwanda. CNBC European Business recognized G24i as one of its TOP 100 Low-Carbon Pioneers. Mr. Hertzberg has appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, BBC, Nightline, and in articles in The Economist, and Fortune Small Business. A previous solar company in Los Angeles won the 2005 Wall Street Journal Innovation of the Year Award in the field of energy.
John Myers joined KQED in 2003, and has spent more than 15 years as a reporter, anchor, and editor in both television and radio news. His previous work experience includes assignments in commercial and public broadcasting, and includes stints in not only in Sacramento, but also the Central Coast of California, the Bay Area, and Virginia.
In addition to his duties as Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED and The California Report, John's reporting work has been featured on a wide variety of national news outlets, from National Public Radio to MSNBC, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and beyond. His career highlights include serving as a panelist in several televised political debates, including the first debate of the 2003 recall election, and as moderator of the 2010 debate between the Republican candidates for governor.