2023 Policymakers Conference at Asilomar - CivicWell

2023 CivicWell Policymakers Conference

March 16-19, 2023

Yosemite goes to the beach!

Due to staffing constraints in the Park, Yosemite National Park will not be hosting events in 2023. So, CivicWell’s 31st annual Policymakers Conference will take place in lovely Pacific Grove at the Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds.

This intimate gathering brings together over 100 mayors, city council members, county supervisors, and other senior executives in an inspiring and collaborative environment.

The event is designed to support local elected officials with tools and partnership opportunities to implement innovative solutions to our most pressing community challenges.


Creating Sustainable Solutions

This past year has seen both increasingly extreme climate events and an escalating governmental response to support resilience and adaptation. Local governments will have opportunities to use federal and state funding for impactful community solutions.

Our state’s most urgent imperatives—affordable and accessible housing, racial equity, reducing emissions, wildfire and drought resilience, and more—require courageous and innovative responses. Time and again, we see local governments at the forefront of these actions. Local and community leaders encourage and implement solutions, and where our peers have succeeded, we learn and adopt.

Given the momentous challenges we face, from climate resilience and housing to transitioning our energy and mobility sectors, now is the time for local leaders to come together to share ideas and best practices, and advance forward-thinking solutions. The right choices today can help create the resilient, healthy, and equitable communities of tomorrow.


The conference will take place from Thursday evening, March 16th to Sunday morning, March 19th. The below agenda is tentative and subject to change at any time. Topics and speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Thursday, March 16

4:30 – 6:00 – Registration

6:00 – 7:30 – Welcome reception

7:30 – 8:00 – Opening Remarks

8:00 – 9:00 – Kickoff Dialogues


Friday, March 17

7:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast

9:15 – 10:15 – Opening Keynote

10:15 – 10:30 – Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00 – Panel

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch / Breakout Sessions

1:00 – 2:30 – Panel

Participants are free for the afternoon and evening


Saturday, March 18

7:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast

9:15 – 12:00 – Panels

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – 5:30 – Group activities (optional)

5:30 – 6:30 – Dinner

6:30 – 7:30 – Closing Keynote

7:30 – 9:00 – Firepit Reception


Sunday, March 19

7:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast


This conference is for elected officials only. If you are not an elected official but would like to attend, we invite you to explore our sponsorship opportunities below.

This year the registration fee INCLUDES lodging for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the beautiful Asilomar Hotel; most meals*, a welcome reception, and a firepit reception; and all conference materials, panels, keynotes, and breakout sessions. Meal tickets will be provided to all participants during onsite check-in for meals included in the program. You will not need to book lodging separately from your registration. This is due to Asilomar’s registration policy.

Local attendees may select the offsite option, which does not include lodging but does include meals and a daily facility fee. This is due to Asilomar’s registration policy.

Special Note About Member Discount

Become a CivicWell member today! First year memberships are $125 for individuals, but if you add on a membership below you automatically get the member registration rate for the conference. Because the member registration rate is $100 less than the non-member rate, the additional total for a year of membership is only $25!

Early Bird Registration Open Now! Register Here.

*If a meal is not included, it will be noted on the agenda.




We are looking for Conference Sponsors – agencies, organizations, foundations, and companies – who are leading the way in innovative resilience solutions and smart growth strategies.

Our flagship event is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to build meaningful relationships with local policymakers, highlight and deepen your commitment to sustainable communities, and raise your profile in the smart growth arena. 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, view the Sponsorship Brochure or contact Kathy Chow at kchow@civicwell.org for information.

Download the Sponsorship Brochure

For More Information

For questions about conference registration and logistics, please contact:
Heather Killion
Operations Coordinator
(916) 448-1198  x303


For questions about conference sponsorship and program, please contact:
Haley Ausserer-Zelaya
Communications Manager

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