2022 Policy & Engagment Series

2022 Policy Capacity Building Workshop Series

In September 2022, IECF, along with the Inland Empire Community Collaborative, hosted regional Policy Capacity Building Workshops to help our community advocate and engage in the state legislative and budget processes. View the recorded sessions below.

Building Legislative Advocacy Capacity
The state legislative process is complex. This workshop covers the process and windows of opportunity to best engage and advocate for your community and organizational priorities.
Presented by: Mission Strategy Group and Leah Barros, LLC

Building Budget Advocacy Capacity
With California as the 5th largest economy in the world, it can be challenging to maneuver the state budget. This workshop gives an overview of the state budget process and tools needed to advocate for the Inland Empire’s fair share.
Presented by: Mission Strategy Group and Leah Barros, LLC

Advocating for Nonprofits
Advocacy is an essential activity for any nonprofit to remain relevant and effective. Learn how you can take small actions to make sure your voice is heard.

2nd Annual Policy & Engagement Forum

On July 21, 2022, IECF held its 2nd Annual Policy & Engagement Forum titled “Leading Together in the IE, for the IE” to celebrate the collective impact community leadership is having across the region. The virtual forum drew more than 500, representing business owners, community leaders, and elected officials. Please view the recorded sessions to learn about ways we're collaborating to capture more resources for the region.

Main Session

Breakout Sessions

Title Sponsors:
Randall & Janell Lewis

Policy Principles & Priorities:

In the summer of 2021, the Inland Empire Community Foundation officially launched its Office of Policy & Engagement. The objective of the Office is to address inequities in the Inland Empire by creating greater policy capacity in the region through collaboration, uplifting community-based organizations and their ideas, and amplify a greater voice and influence on policymakers and the region’s major institutions. In an effort to be a global community partner, the Inland Empire Community Foundation’s policy priorities will include: Education Equity, Inclusive Economic Development, Housing, Health, and the Environment.

Inland Empire Public Affairs Table:

The Inland Empire Public Affairs Table is made up of regional “policy wonks”. This collective body identifies and amplifies the regional voice as a means of encouraging policymakers at all levels – local, state, and federal – to act in the interests of the Inland Empire. The goal is for this cross-sectoral body of policy experts in the region to help establish and build a strong relationship with policymakers in order help shape policy, influence the region’s policy priorities, and serve as a policy vetting source for the IE Caucus.

Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity Table:

The Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity Table focuses on inclusive economic development through collaboration on medium and long-term paths toward a resilient economy. It mobilizes a diverse set of community leaders from Riverside and San Bernardino counties and focuses on advancing inclusive economic growth and expanding middle class opportunity in the region. The goal is to take bold steps that generate more quality middle-skill jobs that earn family-sustaining wages, and make them accessible to all workers in the region, particularly those without a four-year degree.

 

Inland Empire Children’s Cabinet:

The Inland Empire Children’s Cabinet is a table bringing together service providers and policy experts to address the regional challenges around equitable access to quality early childhood education, child care, and youth support.  The goal is to craft an attainable policy agenda and act on identified policy priorities.

Dual Enrollment Table:

The Inland Empire Community Foundation is partnering with Growing Inland Achievement in convening state and regional dual enrollment experts to identify implementation challenges and barriers – particularly for our students of color. The goal is to develop near-term attainable policy solutions that can successfully be implemented in the region and across California.

Legislation & Budget Priorities

Regional:

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Our nonprofits are delivering critical services and supplies to the region of nearly 5 million residents. Unfortunately, the second round of CARES Act funding limited the breadth and capacity of these services. A letter was submitted to the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino advocating for the inclusion of nonprofits in the relief package as partners in the dissemination of funds and services.
NPO Support Letter to the County of Riverside
NPO Support Letter to the County of San Bernardino
Children’s Cabinet Support Letter to the County of Riverside
Children’s Cabinet Support Letter to the County of San Bernardino

State:

Budget

Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF): The Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO) Executive Committee and its Members wrote a letter of support of fully appropriating the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) at $750 million as proposed in the Governor’s May Budget Revision.
Support Letter

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Our nonprofits are delivering critical services and supplies to the region of nearly 5 million residents. Unfortunately, the second round of CARES Act funding limited the breadth and capacity of these services. A letter was submitted to the California State Legislature advocating for the inclusion of nonprofits in the relief package as partners in the dissemination of funds and services.
Support Letter

Legislation

Assembly Bill 14 (Aguiar-Curry)/Senate Bill 4 (Gonzalez): These bills will help close the digital divide and meet the connectivity needs of Californians.
Support Letter

Assembly Bill 106 (Salas): This bill requests an investment that will help support the creation or advancement of comprehensive strategies for the rebuilding of regional economies in a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable manner. The program seeks to ensure that disadvantaged communities and communities of color are fully included in decision-making processes around key issues impacting regional economic prosperity.
Support Letter

Assembly Bill 288 (Bonta): This bill would prohibit the displacement of student aid awards due to receipt of private scholarships for students who are eligible for the Pell Grant at institutions of higher education.
Support Letter (Link)

Assembly Bill 928 (Berman): This bill would to transform the transfer process for California’s community college students by simplifying the transfer maze and strengthening the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) pathway in order to improve racially equitable access to transfer attainment and ensuring that California establishes statewide coordination and goals to improve transfer rates.
Support Letter

 

Federal:

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Our nonprofits are delivering critical services and supplies to the region of nearly 5 million residents. Unfortunately, the second round of CARES Act funding limited the breadth and capacity of these services. A letter was submitted to the United States Congress advocating for the inclusion of nonprofits in the relief package as partners in the dissemination of funds and services.
Support Letter

Build Back Better Regional Challenge: The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. The Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity table is competing for a portion of the $1 Billion available in order to grow new regional industry clusters and scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more.

Inland Empire Delegation

County Board of Supervisors

County of Riverside
Coming soon

County of San Bernardino
Coming soon

Inland Empire Caucus

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Inland Empire Congressional Delegation

Coming soon

Julian Y. Cuevas

Julian Y. Cuevas

Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs

951-990-9877

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