Doug Baron, County of Los Angeles, CEO's Office

Our 88 Cities Summit was a great success! Thank you to all who joined us. We were inspired and challenged on ways to address homelessness, housing, and local economic development – while also celebrating regional collaboration.

Visit this page often for updates, follow-up action items that you can implement in your communities, and news from our presenters and partners.

Hon. Julian Castro and Dr. Fernando Guerra, 88 Cities Summit speakers.
Julian Castro delivered the keynote address to the audience of community leaders and economic developers.
James LImbaugh, President, West LA College & Mayor Thomas Small, Culver City
Phil Ansel, Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative

Event Recap

Read highlights of the event here.


Attendees received informative and dynamic presentations on Summit topics. See their content below. (All files in pdf format.)

BizFed Institute panel, discussing affordable housing, CEQA, and the business environment.


Check out the Flickr album.

Regional Collaboration:
Addressing Common

Uncover answers to the challenges of housing, homelessness, and infrastructure by hearing from experts and peers who are working on solutions. 

As a leader in LA County, you are confronted with the complex challenges that face our region, including housing, homeless, infrastructure, and poverty. Joins us for an engaging event at our first 88 Cities Summit. Hear best practices from colleagues and counterparts, and leave with tangible solutions.

Attendees will include:

  • Mayors and City Councilmembers
  • City managers and
  • County leaders and
  • University and College presidents
  • Economic
    development practitioners
  • Education partners

Solutions to our individual, yet common issues, can be from exploring a regional approach. 


The Honorable Julian Castro
Former Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development and Former
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Fernando Guerra
Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles
Loyola Marymount University


Doug Baron
Senior Manager
County of Los Angeles 
Office of Chief Executive Officer


Elizabeth Shapiro
Chief Operating Officer


Steve PonTell
President and CEO
National Community Renaissance 


Mark Pestrella
County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works


Chris Ko
Director of Housing Initiatives
United Way of Greater Los Angeles 


Tommy Newman
Director of Public Affairs
United Way of Greater Los Angeles


Jennifer Hernandez
West Coast Land Use and Environmental Group 

88 Cities Summit Agenda

Welcome & Overview

Doug Baron, Los Angeles County Economic Development Strategy

Mark Pestrella, Director, County of Los Angeles Public Works

Lunch Keynote: Julian Castro, Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary & Mayor, San Antonio, TX

United Way of Greater Los Angeles: How Your City Can Get #EveryoneIn to End Homelessness

BizFed Institute: The Pulse of Business in the LA Region & Interactive Collaborative Conversation

Dr. Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University, Leavey Center for the Study of LA – Mayor’s Survey Results

Closing Remarks

Dismissed to BizFed Freshman Policymakers Reception

Thank you to our 88 Cities Summit Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Leaders’ Exchange Sponsors

Program Sponsors

Summit Sponsors


Advisory Partners

League of California Cities, Los Angeles County Division
California Contract Cities Association

Please contact us at [email protected] and let us know what you’d like to see at the 2019 88 Cities Summit.