Business, Political and Grassroots Leaders Come Together for Economic Summit in L.A. May 13

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Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

Unique Gathering Connects Regulators, the Regulated and the Community; Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), White House Advisor Elizabeth Warren to Receive Awards

LOS ANGELES – Frequent adversaries from the worlds of business, labor and public policy will come together with grassroots activists in Los Angeles May 13 at The Greenlining  Institute’s 18th annual Economic Summit – not to do battle, but to share ideas and discuss creative strategies aimed at building “The Future of the American Dream.”

White House advisor Elizabeth Warren, currently acting head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and U.S. Rep.Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) will receive awards at the event (Warren will appear by video from Washington). Attendance of roughly 1,000 is expected.

“Some may call it ‘strange bedfellows’ to see insurance company executives and the insurance commissioner who wants to regulate their rates in the same room, or representatives of the AFL-CIO and big corporations – but that’s the whole idea,” said Greenlining Executive Director Orson Aguilar. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling, everyone – business, political leaders and grassroots activists – needs to be part of the solution.”

The Summit’s keynote speakers are California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Wells Fargo Chairman, President and CEO John G. Stumpf.

Confirmed speakers include Blue Shield of California Vice President for Public Affairs Tom Epstein, Assemblymembers Warren Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County), Steven C. Bradford (D-Gardena) and Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), Comcast Government Affairs Director John Gutierrez, AFL-CIO South Bay Labor Council  Executive Officer Cindy Chavez,  California PUC Chair Michael Peevey and CPUC Commissioners Catherine Sandoval and Mike Florio.

A new addition to the program this year is a youth track, focused on helping young leaders navigate the opportunities and challenges that await them.

Registration information is available at http://www.greenlining.org/summit/. Media are asked to RSVP to Bruce Mirken at [email protected].

WHAT:The Greenlining Institute’s 18th annual Economic Summit.

WHO:Business, political and grassroots leaders from around California.

WHERE: The Center at Cathedral Plaza, 555 West Temple St., Los Angeles.

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2010, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.