Topic: U.S. Trade Issues
Speaker: The Honorable Dale Tasharski, Acting Deputy Director General, U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Tasharski is a U.S. Department of Commerce career Senior Foreign Service Officer with the personal rank of Minister-Counselor and more than 31 years of experience bringing U.S. and global businesses together. He has served in several positions overseas, in the U.S. field, and in headquarters. Minister-Counselor Tasharski directs the Department’s efforts to formulate trade policy and solve market access issues facing U.S. firms seeking to sustain and expand their business operations.
Topic: International Economic Overview
Speaker: Chris Thornberg, PhD, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics
Christopher Thornberg is Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, employment and labor markets, economic policy, and industry and real estate analysis. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a chief economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office. Dr. Thornberg has been widely quoted in the media across all platforms. Prior to launching Beacon, he was an economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast. Dr. Thornberg has taught in the MBA program at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Business, at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, and has held a faculty position in the economics department at Clemson University. Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA.
Topic: International Overview of California
Speaker: Dan Walters, Journalist, CALmatters
Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 57 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He began his professional career in 1960, at age 16, at the Humboldt Times in Eureka. By the age of 22, Mr. Walters was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor. Mr. Walters joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his first governorship. Walters later became the Union’s Capitol bureau chief, and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee. He has written more than 9,000 columns about California and its politics and his column has appeared in many other California newspapers. Mr. Walters has written his own book, “The New California: Facing the 21st Century” has also been a frequent guest on national television news shows, commenting on California politics.
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