2024 CivicWell Policymakers Conference at Yosemite - CivicWell


2024 CivicWell Policymakers Conference

March 14-17, 2024

The 32nd annual CivicWell Policymakers Conference will be held March 14-17, 2024 in Yosemite National Park.

Since 1991, the CivicWell Policymakers Conference has gathered local elected officials from across California in an inspiring and collaborative environment.

This intimate gathering brings together over 100 mayors, city council members, and county supervisors in the majestic setting of Yosemite National Park. The event is designed to support local elected officials with tools and partnership opportunities to implement innovative solutions locally.

From climate resilience and clean energy to affordable housing and social equity, the conference explores sustainable and practical tools to address the complex issues we face.

Registration is now closed.

Meet the Speakers

Lisa A. Baker


Former CEO, Yolo Housing

Catherine Blakespear

California State Senator

Ulises Cabrera


City of Moreno Valley

James Cameron

Executive Director

Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority

Marc Costa

Board Member, LGSEC

Director of Policy & Planning, The Energy Coalition

Lisa Craig


City of Lodi

Emily Douglas

Regional Director, Distributed Energy Solutions


Lucas Frerichs


County of Yolo

Camille Graham

CivicSpark Fellow

City of Sacramento

Carl Guardino

VP of Government Affairs & Policy

Tarana Wireless

Stephen Honikman

VP of Business Development

Electriq Power

Dan Kalb


City of Oakland

Anna Klovstad


Town of Truckee

Jeremy Madsen

Executive Director

Build It Green

Hunter Owens

Deputy Executive Director

California Integrated Travel Project (Cal-ITP)

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Director, AAPI Data

Professor of Public Policy, UC Riverside

Geoffrey Ross

Director, Federal and State Programs


Jason Scott-Sheets

CivicSpark Fellow

County of Sacramento

Alicia Sebastian

Executive Director

California Coalition for Rural Housing

John Robert Smith

Chair, Transportation for America

Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Growth America

Shalini Vajjhala

Executive Director

PRE Collective

Beth Vaughan


California Community Choice Association (CalCCA)


New Partners and Big Ideas

Climate disaster mitigation and recovery. Sustainable transportation infrastructure. Environmental justice. Long-term community resilience. 

Complex issues require out-of-the-box approaches. The most impactful initiatives may rely on multi-sector partnerships, bipartisan collaborations, and transformative thinking.

California is at an inflection point. This year has been marked by extreme weather events along with unprecedented levels of federal and state infrastructure investment. As local leaders advocate for the health, safety, and future of our communities, now is the time to learn from one another and collaborate on the solutions we need to meet the moment.

At this 32nd annual CivicWell Policymakers Conference, we will hear from visionary public and private sector leaders on what’s worked and what’s to come. We will share best practices to support innovative local projects. We will explore new ideas for groundbreaking win-win partnerships.


The conference will take place from Thursday evening, March 14th to Sunday morning, March 17th. All conference sessions will be held in the Garden Terrace Room at the Yosemite Valley Lodge.

The below agenda is tentative and subject to change at any time. Topics and speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Thursday, March 14

6:00 – 7:30 pm

7:00 – 7:45 pm
Welcome Reception

7:45 – 8:00 pm
Opening Remarks

8:00 – 9:00 pm
Lessons on Cross-Jurisdictional Governance from Transportation

Friday, March 15

8:30 – 9:30 am

9:30 – 11:00 am
The Future of the Climate Movement

11:00 – 11:15 am
Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Networking Roundtables

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch / Networking

1:30 – 7:30 pm
Participants free for dinner on their own

7:30 – 9:00 pm
Sustainable Funding Strategies for Infrastructure

  • James Cameron, Executive Director, Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority
  • Hunter Owens, Deputy Executive Director, California Integrated Travel Project (Cal-ITP)
  • Shalini Vajjhala, Executive Director, PRE Collective
  • Moderator: Bernadette Austin, CEO, CivicWell


Saturday, March 16

8:30 – 9:30 am

9:30 – 10:45 am
Energy Innovations and Solutions

  • Marc Costa, Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) Board Member, Director of Policy & Planning at The Energy Coalition
  • Emily Douglas, Regional Director for Distributed Energy Resources, ENGIE
  • Beth Vaughan, CEO, California Community Choice Association (CalCCA)
  • Moderator: Dan Kalb, Councilmember, City of Oakland

10:45 – 11:15 am
Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Electrification and Equity in Housing and Community Development

12:30 – 5:30 pm
Participants free for lunch on their own

5:30 – 7:00 pm

6:30 – 7:00 pm
CivicWell Remarks

7:00 – 8:30 pm
Preparing for Disaster: Planning for Resilience and Recovery in a Disjointed Funding Landscape

8:30 – 9:00 pm

Sunday, March 17

8:00 – 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast

There is no official programming on Sunday, March 17.


Registration is now closed.

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.

Level Regular Rage  Late Registration – After Feb 29
Members $750 $850
Non-Members $850 $950
Registration with added CivicWell Membership* $900 $1000

*Special Note About Member Discount

Become a CivicWell member today! Individual memberships are $150, but if you add on a membership below you automatically get the member registration rate for the conference. This applies both for new members and for membership renewal. Because the member registration rate is $100 less than the non-member rate, the additional total for a year of membership is only $50!

CivicWell members receive event discounts, webinars with case studies on climate resilience and capacity-building projects, resources, and timely information about funding opportunities.



A limited number of scholarships are available. If you are interested in requesting a scholarship, contact Kelsey Wolf-Cloud.


Cancellation Policy

Registrations may be canceled up until February 23, 2024. The cancellation fee is $100.

In lieu of cancellation, registration may be transferred to another elected official at any time before March 7, 2024 free of charge by contacting hkillion@civicwell.org. After March 7, no refunds will be offered.



Looking to carpool with someone? Sign up here to hopefully find a travel companion.


At the most recent check, there IS availability for the dates of the conference. Lodging availability is regularly changing in Yosemite National Park — we recommend you check back if you don’t see availability because more rooms may become available.

An alternative is to book lodging at Yosemite View Lodge, outside the park. It is approximately a 30 minute drive from this hotel to the conference location. Your Yosemite entrance pass is good for one week.

We are continually working with both the Lodge and the Ahwahnee to try to secure more rooms for the conference.


The 2024 CivicWell Policymakers Conference will be held at the Yosemite Valley Lodge in Yosemite National Park.

A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate using our group code 14Q66O at both the Yosemite Valley Lodge and the Ahwahnee Hotel. Our group rate for the Yosemite Valley Lodge is $300/night, and $616/night for the Ahwahnee Hotel. Book soon, as these will sell out! 

If you would like to reserve a room, visit travelyosemite.com or contact the hotel’s reservations office at 888-413-8869 option 1. You can find detailed instructions here.



To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, view the Sponsorship Brochure and contact Kelsey Wolf-Cloud at kwolfcloud@civicwell.org for information.

Download the Sponsorship Brochure

For More Information

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


For questions about sponsorship or the program, please contact:
Kelsey Wolf-Cloud

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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