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The sixth annual Luskin Summit featured a keynote conversation with Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and the unveiling of our annual poll about life in Los Angeles, plus six breakout discussions.

The event took place on the UCLA campus on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.


7:30 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. Results of the Quality of Life Index
9:30 a.m. Breakout 1
Track: Climate Resilience
• Cooling Strategies for an Active L.A. in a Warming World
Track: Elections and Governance
• Understanding the Diversity of the Los Angeles Electorate
Track: Equity in Transportation
• Advancing Universal Basic Mobility for those in need: L.A.’s Mobility Wallet Pilot

10:45 a.m. Breakout 2
Track: Climate Resilience
• Transformative Climate Communities in the L.A. Region
Track: Elections and Governance
• Los Angeles City Council Considers Major Changes
Track: Equity in Transportation
• A Capital Improvement Program for Los Angeles
Noon A conversation with Mayor Karen Bass focusing on homelessness policy (sponsored by Hilton Foundation)
1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch


Matt Barreto
UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute

Karen Bass
Mayor of Los Angeles

Evelyn Blumenberg
UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Madeline Brozen
UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Becky Dale

Edith de Guzman
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

Kathay Feng
Common Cause

Jason Foster
Destination Crenshaw

Fernando Guerra
Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles

Josh Haskell
ABC7 Eyewitness News

Alex Johnson
The California Wellness Foundation

LaKenya Jordan
California Secretary of State

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Zahirah Mann
South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone

Juan Matute
UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

Jessica Meaney
Investing in Place

Megan Mullin
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

Jim Newton
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Blueprint Magazine

Jonathan Parfrey
Climate Resolve

Michael Rios
UCLA Voting Rights Project

Alvaro Sanchez
The Greenlining Institute

Sharon Sand
Trust for Public Land

Marta Segura
Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, City of Los Angeles

Avital Shavit
LA Metro

Angelly Tovar
Rebel Group

Jacqueline Waggoner
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Randall Winston
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass

Zev Yaroslavsky
Los Angeles Initiative, UCLA



  • Laura Shell, chair of the committee
  • Jacqueline Waggoner, chair of the Luskin School’s Board of Advisors
  • Wendy Greuel, member
  • Michael Fleming, member
  • Stephen Cheung, member
  • Jeff Seymour, member
  • Travis Kiyota, member
  • Cecilia Estolano, member
  • Cynthia McClain-Hill, member
  • Ron Wong, member
  • Nicole Mutchnick, member

Information is powerful only when it’s in a form that can guide achievable change. This year, the Luskin School is highlighting innovators — in Los Angeles and elsewhere — turning vision into reality and producing Transformative Action.

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