GSO President Amy Everitt, Policy and Research Director Sabrina de Santiago, and Campaigns Coordinator Juan Villa recently participated in the annual Inland Empire Poverty Summit that GSO was proud to sponsor for the second time.

Amy Everitt at the Annual Inland Empire Poverty Summit

The UCR Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty is dedicated to advancing understanding of poverty with world-class research. The poverty summit focused on its new research, which found that the Inland Empire has a higher rate of poverty than California and the United States as a whole based on data from 2016-2018. Even when the poverty rate is controlled for risk factors like single parent households and people without high school diplomas, the Inland Empire’s poverty rate remains high. The report called for multi-faceted, integrated solutions to fight poverty in the region.

Amy Everett, Majority Leader Eloise Gomez Reyes, David Brady, Ph.D., and Anil Deolalikar, Ph.D.

Other notable guest speakers included California Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes, Professor David Brady, UCR’s School of Public Policy, Professor Jasmine D. Hill of UCLA’s school of Public Policy and Sociology, and Lisa Gennetian, Professor of Public Policy and the Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at Duke University. Watch the Inland Poverty Summit here.