One Decade Strong

Making An Impact for the Benefit of Every Californian

California Competes has worked with decision makers across the state to identify practical ways of making California’s higher education system better serve every individual—and our state as a whole. The Leadership Council and I are excited to further this work and make California more economically competitive as well as more equitable and inclusive.

—Elizabeth Hill, chair, California Competes Leadership Council; former Legislative Analyst for the State of California

Our singular focus on the intersection of post-secondary education and the economy, coupled with our unwavering focus on equity—across racial, gender, socioeconomic, and geographic lines—ensures that we drive important policymaking and practical solutions to improve the economic mobility and prosperity of every Californian.

—Julia Lopez, former president and CEO, College Futures Foundation

A Message from Our Executive Director

California Competes Executive Director Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez thanks policymakers, partners, peer organizations, and others for their support of the organization over the past 10 years.

Coming in 2021




Fall & Beyond

Retention and Persistence at Calbright


California Higher Education Policy Institute for Legislators


Adult Demand for Higher Education


Forgotten by AB 705


Challenges Facing Higher Education and Employers in Improving Alignment


Celebrating 10 Years


California Higher Education FAQ


California Competes’s work to align individual degree and credential attainment with employer needs and regional opportunities will strengthen our state’s economy—and the people who constitute it—at a critical time in our post-pandemic recovery.

—Aída Álvarez, chair, Latino Community Foundation; former administrator, US Small Business Administration

California Competes is unique. It is committed to developing policies to make our public system of higher education work better and for more people. I am proud to support its focus on serving our state as a whole, urban and rural, and I look forward to achieving our goals over the next 10 years.

—Carol Liu, former state senator (D)

California’s colleges and universities are perhaps our most important economic development assets. Producing graduates who meet the needs of our state’s employers will promote overall economic vitality and individual prosperity.

—Roger Niello, co-owner, The Niello Company; former state assemblymember (R)

Recent Work