Golden State Roundtable

Thursday, July 13, 2017
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The Golden State Roundtable (GSR) events are held regularly throughout the year on important state and national policy issues.


Featured Speakers

The Golden State Roundtable events provide an excellent opportunity for networking among Californians. These events are created for individuals living in Washington, DC that want to discuss and learn about issues and policies affecting California from prominent business leaders, policy makers, journalists and academicians.

Golden State Roundtables are breakfasts or lunches that feature a prominent guest speaker(s) from or with ties to California. The speaker(s) discusses issues in California and his/her own thoughts on issues and events taking place in California or nationally that effect or pertain to California or their role in government or business.

Upcoming Events:

  • July 13, 2017 Pedro J. Pizarro, CEO, Edison International

Past speakers include Senators from California, Members of the Congressional Delegation, Presidents of California universities, Mayors, prominent Californians serving in the Executive Branch, members of the California press corps, and corporate leaders from the California business community. Our most recent speakers include the following:

February 2010: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
May 2010: Congressman John Garamendi (CA-10)
July 2010: Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32)
November 2010: Republican Congressman-Elect Jeff Denham (CA-19)
March 2011: Dr. Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
June 2011: Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
July 2011: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, State of California
September 2011: Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Department of Labor
October 2011: Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco
January 2012: Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy (CA-22)
March 2012: Ambassador Fujisaki of Japan
June 2012: LA Times reporters, Doyle McManus, Rich Simon and Lisa Mascaro
July 2012: Speaker of the California State Assembly, John A. Perez
March 2013: Anthony Earley of PG&E and Chris Johns of Pacific Gas and Electric Company
April 2013: New Members of the Southern California Delegation
May 2013: Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association
May 2013: Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla
June 2013: New Members of the Central and Northern California Delegation
July 2013: New Members of the Central and Northern California Delegation
September 2013: Chairman Ed Royce
February 2014: California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
March 2014: Chairman Buck McKeon
April 2014: Congressman Henry Waxman
December 2014: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
January 2015: New Members of the California Delegation
March 2015: The Honorable Alex Padilla, CA Secretary of State
April 2015: The Future of Aviation featuring Eduardo Angeles, Associate Administrator for Airports, FAA; Dr. Stephen Van Beek, Vice President, ICF International; Todd Hauptli, President & CEO, AAAE and Edward Wytkind, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO.
April 2015: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
May 2015: FEC Commissioner, Ann M. Ravel
July 2015: Christina Bellantoni, Roll Call’s editor-in-chief
October 2015: Mark Baldassare, President and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California
November 2015: Jon Slangerup, CEO of the Port of Long Beach
March 2016: Timothy P. White, Chancellor, The California State University

The Roundtables are usually held on Capitol Hill on Tuesday – Thursdays, while Congress is in session. The audience averages about 50 individuals, both members and non-members of the California State Society. All Members of the California Delegation are invited to attend complimentary; typically, 2-3 Members of Congress attend.

Entrance & Tickets

The CSS’s Golden State Roundtables are discounted to current members but open to the public.


Feedback from CSS Members

“I have been involved with the Golden State Roundtable for many years, and consider it one of the best activities of the California State Society. The GSR creates a forum for Californians serving in Washington, either in Congress or the Administration, and for Californians visiting Washington. Speakers have been from federal, state and local governments, business, media, and academia. The Roundtables provide a wonderful opportunity for networking with other professionals involved in California affairs in the nation’s capital.” ~Paul Sweet

Contact Information

For more information about the California State Society, please email

For more information on an upcoming event or suggestions regarding the Golden State Roundtables, please contact Paul Sweet at

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