About Napa Valley Forum

Napa Valley Community Foundation is pleased to host quarterly meetings that bring residents, business owners, donors, civic leaders and nonprofit professionals together  in our community. These informal gatherings feature outside speakers who are experts and innovators in the field of philanthropy and social change.

This year, our theme is Finding Common Ground and Creating Community in Post-Election America.  Our goal is to spark constructive, respectful, nonpartisan conversations that reach more deeply – and more broadly – into our community than they have in the past, at a time when such conversations have never seemed so urgently needed.

Napa Valley Forum was created in coordination with Napa Valley Vintners and the Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation.

2017 Forum events are open to the public, but pre-registration is required for admission.

The Heartland and the Coast:  How the Rust Belt and California Will Shape Politics and Policy in the Years to Come

Thursday, March 16

Speaker: Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

Co-host: High school History and Government students from the Napa Valley Unified School District.

Media, Democracy and Civil Society: The Role of Journalism in the Era of Social Networks, WikiLeaks, Disinformation and Fake News

Thursday, May 4

Speaker: Phil Bronstein, Executive Chair of the Board, Center for Investigative Reporting, Emeryville, CA

Co-host: Napa Valley Register

Immigration Policy: Recent Federal Changes, State and Local Responses, and the Shape of Things to Come

Thursday, September 7

Speaker: Randy Capps, Director of Research, US Programs, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC

After Obamacare: What the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act Means for Uninsured and Underinsured Californians

Thursday, November 16

Speaker: Judy Belk, CEO, The California Wellness Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

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