Our Policy & Engagement Work
Through support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IECF launched The Office of Policy & Engagement in 2021. The Office’s objective is to address inequities in the Inland Empire by creating greater policy capacity in the region. To accomplish this, we collaborate with community-based organizations and uplift their ideas, amplifying a greater voice and influence on policymakers and the region’s major institutions.
Since its inception, the Office of Policy & Engagement has hosted virtual and in-person gatherings, including annual Forums and multiple workshops that give our collaborators the tools they need to build policy capacity and ensure policymakers hear the needs of the Inland Empire region at the local, state, and federal levels. Regional partners come together with agreed-upon priorities to better our communities and create a shared language and understanding of how the legislative budget process works. Working with an equity lens, our focus is on five policy priorities: education equity, inclusive economic development, housing, health and climate and the environment.
2023 Policy & Engagement Forum
Our 3rd Annual Policy & Engagement Forum, held on August 9th and 10th at the Riverside Convention Center, was a resounding success!
The insightful discussions, thought-provoking conversations, and collaborative spirit that filled the sold-out forum were genuinely inspiring.
The forum provided an exceptional platform to connect with the region’s leaders, innovators, and change-makers around five policy priority areas: Education Equity; Inclusive Economic Development; Housing; Health; and Climate and Environment. Attendees tell us that the opportunities for one-on-one conversations added an important layer to the discussions and enriched the overall experience for all. We are confident that the ideas and solutions generated during the event will continue to advance and influence positive actions in the coming weeks and months.
Thank you again to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as our Presenting Sponsor and all our sponsors, partners and facilitators, Board and Policy committee members, and staff who have worked tirelessly to make this event possible. We sincerely thank our distinguished speakers and panelists for their invaluable contributions to the forum. Their expertise and dedication were stimulating and led us toward actionable solutions.
As we move forward, we encourage you to stay engaged with IECF and continue contributing your expertise and passion to our shared mission. Together, we can continue to create a lasting impact in the Inland Empire region and beyond
Inland Empire Delegation
County Board of Supervisors
County of Riverside
County of San Bernardino
Inland Empire Caucus
Inland Empire Congressional Delegation
Associate Director of Policy & Community Engagement