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25th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics & Accountability in Government

 Can California Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century?


25th Annual Travers Conference

Panel Information:

Panel 1: 

"Safeguarding California’s Communities in the Face of Climate Change," focuses on the risks posed by extreme weather, including drought, wildfires, and flooding, to the viability of California communities, along with potential policy responses.

Moderated by: David Vogel, Solomon Lee Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

Senator Nancy Skinner, 9th District, California
Ellen Hanak, VP and Director of the Water Policy Center, Public Policy Institute of California
Matto Mildenberger, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Santa Barbara
David Vogel, Solomon Lee Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

Panel 2: 

"California as Energy Leader," asks what role California can play in building reliable, renewable energy systems that can be a model for the U.S. and beyond. 

Moderated by: Sean Gailmard, Professor, UC Berkeley

Sharon Jacobs, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
Daniel M. Kammen, James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability, UC Berkeley 
Robert Spiegel Senior Policy Director, California Manufacturers and Technology Association
Ross Zelen, Chief Committee Consultant for the California Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies

Keynote Address on California’s Governing Challenges

Moderated by: Eric Schickler, Professor & Jeffrey & Ashley McDermott Endowed Chair

Speaker: Betty Yee, State Controller, 2015-23

Panel 3: 

"Addressing the State's Housing Crisis," asks how the state can leverage its resources to improve the supply of housing, while managing relationships between local governments and other stakeholders. 

Moderated by: Sarah Anzia, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Political Science, UC Berkeley

Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, 14th District, California
Ben Metcalf, Managing Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley
Moira Kathleen O'Neill, Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Darrell Owens, Data and Policy Analyst, California YIMBY