2018 Yosemite Policymakers Conference

2018 Yosemite Policymakers Conference

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California mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers and other high level department heads all came together in the middle of the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park at the 27th Annual Building Livable Communities Conference in March 2018.

This popular conference always features a timely and inspirational agenda designed to provide California’s policymakers with tools and innovative solutions to address community needs.


Yosemite Policymakers Conference Participants

2018 Yosemite Policymakers Conference

Challenging times open the door for creativity and innovation – and last year certainly had its challenges. From federal decisions that compel us to expand and accelerate our state’s leadership on resource stewardship and social justice to firestorms that devastated northern and southern communities and forests, there was no shortage of immediate needs and long-term problems to tackle.

Californians are resilient and local leaders are stepping forward into 2018 with even more passion and persistence.

The 27th Annual Yosemite Conference will equip local policymakers with practical strategies and accessible tools to implement innovative solutions with a focus on recovering from immediate economic, social and environmental challenges while increasing longer-term community resilience to prosper in the future.

The conference program will cover a broad range of issues, from recovering from natural disasters and shifts to important federal affordable housing tools to improving resilience in a rapidly changing environment. Our speakers will discuss emerging trends and promising strategies on topics including decarbonization, Community Choice Aggregation, autonomous vehicles and social mobility.

At this ever-popular conference, local thought leaders will discover new partners, renewed inspiration and a united resolve to make lasting changes that will lead to a stronger, healthier, more equitable communities.


yosemite2016-speaker1 The conference often sells out because attendees say the format is uniquely structured to address today’s most pressing problems and showcase fresh ideas with hands-on discussion of how to implement them. The conference program begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 14, and continues through noon on Sunday, March 17.

We encourage you to bring your family, attend the opening session on Thursday evening, and use the session breaks to ski, hike, skate or just enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite in the winter. All conference sessions will be held at the Yosemite Lodge.

The conference program will be available in early 2019. Please visit our webpage frequently for updates on this exciting event.


Elizabeth Baca
Senior Health Advisor
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Panama Bartholomy - Speaker at YPC18

Panama Bartholomy
Investor Confidence Project

Amanda Blackwood
Owner and Managing Partner
OE Consulting Group

Tyrone Buckley - Speaker at YPC18

Tyrone Buckley
Policy Director
Housing California

Howard Choy - Speaker at YPC18

Howard Choy
Howard Choy Consulting, LLC

Richard Corey - Speaker YPC18

Richard Corey
Executive Officer
California Air Resources Board

Chris Coursey Speaker YPC18

Chris Coursey
City of Santa Rosa

Lucas Frerichs - Speaker at YPC18

Lucas Frerichs
City of Davis

Veronica Garibay
Leadership Counsel

Rachel Golden - Speaker at YPC18

Rachel Golden
Senior Campaign Representative
Sierra Club

Wendy Goodfriend - Speaker at YPC

Wendy Goodfriend
Climate Program Manager
City of San Francisco

James Gore - Speaker at YPC

James Gore
County of Sonoma

Carl Guardino - Speaker at YPC18

Carl Guardino
CEO & President
Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Colin Parent - Speaker at YPC18

Colin Parent
Executive Director and General Counsel
Circulate San Diego/La Mesa City Council

Tina Reynolds
Uptown Studios

Greg Rodriguez - Speaker at YPC18

Greg Rodriguez
Best Best & Krieger Law

Daniel Sperling, speaker at the 2018 Yosemite Policymakers Conference

Daniel Sperling
Author and Professor
University of California Davis

Sarita Turner
Associate Director

Das Williams - Speaker YPC 18

Das Williams
County of Santa Barabara

Victoria Fierce
Co-Executive Director
California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund


We are looking for Conference Sponsors – agencies, organizations, foundations and companies – that are leading the way in creating innovative solutions for increasing resiliency and implementing smart-growth strategies in a time of rapid change.

These high-profile sponsorship opportunities offer many ways to interact with local policymakers and underscore your commitment to making our communities more sustainable and resilient while also providing for people’s basic housing, transportation, food and work needs.

To learn more about partnership opportunities, view the Yosemite Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure. Contact Carissa Gutierrez (916.448.1198 x323 / cgutierrez@lgc.org) for information on how to become a conference sponsor.

Download the Sponsorship Brochure

Thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors!


For questions on the conference program:
Dunstanette Macauley
Events Coordinator
(916) 448-1198 x320

The Yosemite Policymakers Conference is presented by the Local Government Commission.

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