CalOZ attracts top leaders from across California and beyond through our speaker series events and our upcoming annual CalOZ Summit. Recent speakers have included Daniel Kowalski, the top official in the U.S. Department of Treasury on Opportunity Zones, and Lenny Mendonca, Governor Gavin Newsom’s top business and economic advisor.

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CalOZ Speaker Series Events

Invite-only 1-2 hour sessions with prominent speakers and panelists to provide OZ updates and insights and facilitate connections among CalOZ members.

  • Participants: 30-50 leaders from private, public, and social sector backgrounds from across the CalOZ community.

  • Frequency: 6-8 per year across the state

  • Cost: Free to CalOZ members

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CalOZ Annual Summit

Annual convening of VIP speakers, panelists, CalOZ members, and extended state and national OZ community. Key activities will include: speaker and panel presentations, pitch competitions, trainings and workshops, and deal matchmaking.

  • Participants: 300 - 500 investors, fund managers, developers, entrepreneurs, government officials, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and community advocates.

  • Frequency: Annual

  • Cost: Registration fee (discounts for CalOZ members)