An invitation from Michelle Decker, IECF’s CEO & President

Join IECF’s 3rd Annual Policy & Engagement Forum to be part of a vibrant discussion about the future of the Inland Empire. Discover how collaboration, advocacy, and philanthropy can drive positive change and bring much-needed resources to the region. Register today and help transform our community!

Are you ready to make a difference in the Inland Empire?

IECF’s 3rd Annual Policy & Engagement Forum is your chance to be part of a vibrant discussion about the future of our region, hear about ongoing efforts to address key issues and contribute to the conversation as we chart a course for the region’s success.

This must-attend event brings together a diverse group of leaders, changemakers, and experts who are committed to harnessing the power of collaboration and advocacy to bring necessary resources to our region. Join us and become part of the collective force working to create a brighter future for the Inland Empire!

Our 2023 Opening Plenary features prominent California State legislative leaders from the IE Legislative Caucus. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear firsthand about the strategies, initiatives, and plans being developed to strengthen the Inland Empire’s position and competitiveness among other regions across the state. Our panelists include:


Jacob Mejia, Vice President of Public and External Affairs for Pechanga Development Corporation (Panel Moderator)
Assemblymember Majority Leader Eloise Reyes
Latino Caucus Chair and Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes
Assemblymember Corey Jackson, MSW
Senator Rosilicie Bogh
Assemblymember James C. Ramos

Our Culture of Philanthropy panel boasts an impressive lineup of local and statewide philanthropic leaders who will explore philanthropy’s vital role in shaping the future of our region. Join us for an engaging conversation that delves into investment hallenges and opportunities in our region. Discover how philanthropy can play a transformative role in addressing critical needs and driving positive change, and how strategic investments can uplift our communities, address pressing challenges, and pave the way for a brighter future. Our panelists include:

Bansree Parikh, President at Bank of America Inland Empire
Elena Chavez Quezada, Senior Advisor for Social Innovation, Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom
Max Espinoza, Senior Program Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Randall Lewis, Owner at The Lewis Group of Companies
Jesse Melgar, Senior Advisor and Director of Engagement, California 100 Initiative

IECF’s 3rd Annual Policy Forum focuses on five policy priority areas that are key to the Inland Empire’s resilience and success:



  • Education Equity
  • Inclusive Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Climate and Environment
Take advantage of this opportunity to gain valuable insights and contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Inland Empire. Register today, network with like-minded individuals, expand your knowledge and make a real impact. Together, let’s shape the future of the Inland Empire.
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