Time and Date:
8:30 AM – 2:15 PM • Nov. 15
, 2018

Location: Golden Eagle Ballroom
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#2018ItsOn – On November 15, 2018 the Institute will hold our post-election conference, Election 2018: It’s On! at the Cal State LA campus.

While midterm elections are often overlooked, this year is different.  The political struggle is unusually intense, and California is very much at the center of the national conversation. Our Election 2018: It’s On! conference will be an invaluable opportunity for those in and around politics to understand what happened, why it happened, and what it means going forward. We will address the outcome of local and state elections and issues such as voter turnout, the gas tax, and the direction of the next Congress.

Ronald Brownstein, Atlantic Media’s Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships and a senior political analyst for CNN, will provide the 2018 PBI Distinguished Lecture. Other confirmed participants include Carla Marinucci of Politico, Pilar Marrero of La OpiniónDr. Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions and UCLA,  Janet Clayton of Edison International and Southern California Edison, Warren Olney of KCRW, Adam Nagourney of the New York Times, Darry Sragow of the California Target Book and USC, and Mike Madrid of Grassroots Lab.

2018 PBI Distinguished Lecturer

Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein

Atlantic Media’s Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships and a senior political analyst for CNN

Ronald Brownstein is a CNN senior political analyst, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage.

Brownstein is Atlantic Media’s Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.

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Confirmed Participants

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci

Senior Writer, POLITICO California Playbook

Carla Marinucci has been consistently named one of California’s leading political writers and top political bloggers. Prior to joining POLITICO, Marinucci was senior political writer for the Hearst flagship San Francisco Chronicle, and before that for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. She has covered presidential elections since 1996, and six California gubernatorial elections, including the historic recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the administrations of four California governors. In 2013, she was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a lifetime achievement award for her coverage of California politics.

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Dr. Matt A. Barreto

Dr. Matt A. Barreto

Co-Founder, Latino Decisions, Proessor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA

Matt A. Barreto is Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA and the co-founder of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions. Time Magazine called Latino Decisions the “gold-standard in Latino American polling” and The Guardian wrote that Latino Decisions is “the leading Latino political opinion research group” in the United States. Barreto’s research was recognized in the 30 Latinos key to the 2012 election by Politic365, listed in the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012 by the European Politics Magazine LSDP, and was named one of the top 15 leading Latino pundits by Huffington Post which said Barreto was “the pollster that has his finger on the pulse of the Latino electorate.” In 2015, Barreto was hired by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to run polling and focus groups on Latino voters.

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Pilar Marrero

Pilar Marrero

Independent Journalist, Writer

Pilar Marrero is a journalist and author with long experience in covering social and political issues of the Latino community in the United States.  She is one of the foremost experts on immigration policy and politics in the US media world and has covered the issue extensively over her years as a reporter.

In 2012, Pallgrave McMillan published her first book, Killing the American Dream, which chronicles the last 25 years of immigration policy mishaps in the United States and their consequences for the country´s economic future. The book was also published in Spanish by Penguin Books with the title “El Despertar del Sueño Americano.”

As a political journalist, Marrero has covered the last nine presidential elections, as well as California gubernatorial elections and Los Angeles mayoral races.

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Adam Nagourney

Adam Nagourney

L.A. Bureau Chief, New York Times

Adam Nagourney has been the Los Angeles bureau chief of The New York Times since 2010. Previously, he had been chief national political correspondent since 2002, covering the presidential elections of 2004 and 2008. He joined The Times as a political correspondent in 1996.

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Mike Madrid

Mike Madrid

Principal, Grassroots Lab

For over twenty years, Mike Madrid has been changing the outcomes of political campaigns throughout the country. He is one of the rare political professionals widely recognized as an expert across party lines and has advised Republicans and Democrats in some of the highest profile races nationwide. In 2001, he was named as one of America’s “Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine and has since served as a fellow at the Unruh Institute for Politics at USC and co-director of the Los Angeles Times / USC Poll. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

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Darry Sragow

Darry Sragow

Publisher, California Target Book

Darry Sragow, Publisher of the California Target Book, is an attorney, political strategist and adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern California.

He has managed high profile political campaigns in several states, including three campaigns for governor and two for the U.S. Senate in California. For nearly ten years he was the chief campaign strategist for the Democrats in the California State Assembly. He is currently in his 19th year teaching at least one undergraduate course in political science every semester, the first four years at the University of California, Berkeley and the last fifteen at USC.

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