“By the People for the People: Communities Creating Change”

April 20, 2012 • Los Angeles, CA

Summit 2012 Insignia
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Leading into the 2012 election, we need working solutions now more than ever. At a time when our elected officials are paralyzed by the divisive politics of no, Greenlining will shift the conversation back toward yes, and show how new alliances of leaders across sectors are creating sustainable change. Our 2012 Summit explored new models that would align profit and progress, and make good on the American promise of opportunity and prosperity for all.

Keynote Speakers

  • Raj V. Date, Deputy Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Michael R. Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Tim Simon, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Robert Ross, President & CEO, The California Endowment
  • George Joseph, Founder & Chairman, Mercury Insurance
  • Mike Florio, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, Chair, California Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Health & Human Services


  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Lula B. Balton, CEO Emeritus, West Angeles CDC
  • Big Heart Award: Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner, California Department of Insurance
  • Big Brain Award: Catherine Sandoval, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Big Foot Award: John Chiang, California State Controller
  • Torchbearer Award: Josef Araya Tayag, Senior Analyst – International Health, ABT Associates

2012 Summit Panels

Breaking the Mold: Pioneering Leadership for a New Era

In today’s divisive political climate, many Americans, especially youth, have lost faith in our leaders’ ability to steer the nation toward prosperity. But leadership isn’t something to be elected to, or nominated for. Leadership can, and must, come from everywhere, and it is incumbent on all of us to cultivate and celebrate its many forms. This panel will talk about the explosion of new forms of leadership, from revolutionizing an entire industry to something as simple as expressing a different point of view. It will discuss why every organization should include people who challenge the status quo, and what wins can come from breaking the mold.

Michelle Romero, Program Manager – Claiming Our Democracy, The Greenlining Institute


  • Susan Gonzales, Director of External Affairs, Facebook
  • Olis Simmons, CEO, Youth Uprising
  • Allen Fernandez Smith, President & CEO, Urban Habitat
  • Jay Costa, Program Manager, MapLight
  • Pia Infante, Director of Organizational Partnerships, Rockwood Institute
  • Arturo Carmona, Executive Director, Presente.org

Job Creation: New Models and Old Myths
Job creation is at the forefront of our national discourse, but few large-scale solutions have emerged to date. Some theorists believe the only way to decrease unemployment in the long term is through active government job creation. Others counter that the private sector and the free market is the silver bullet. Who’s right? This panel will discuss innovative job creation models from the public, private and nonprofit sectors that are putting people to work today.

Vien Truong, Director – Green Assets, The Greenlining Institute


  • Assemblyman Steve Bradford, Chair, CA Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee
  • Zixta Q. Martinez, Assistant Director for Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Stacie Olivares-Castain, Managing Director, California Organized Investment Network
  • Mina Pacheco Nazemi, Director, Credit Suisse
  • Jodi Pincus, Executive Director, Rising Sun Energy Center
  • Jason Trimiew, Managing Director, The Robert Enterprise Development Fund
  • Michael Bush, Founder & President, 8 Factors

Agents of Change: Leadership in Action
Modeled after the popular TED Talks, this segment will feature a series of dynamic leaders each telling their stories of leadership for positive change. Whether from the public, private, or community sector, these influential individuals will highlight not only their critical work to further the people’s interests, but also their own stories of overcoming challenges along the way. Some may be familiar faces, some may not, but all are deeply inspiring. We are honored to provide them a platform in which to engage all of us in their groundbreaking work.

Samuel Kang, General Counsel, The Greenlining Institute


  • Jakada Imani, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center
  • Danny Vasquez, Social Enterprise Venture Partner, Legacy Equity Advisors
  • Mary Olivella, Chief Strategy Officer, MomsRising.org
  • Ian Kim, Director of Campaigns, Rebuild the Dream
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