California Summer Series

Over the summer of 2016, each of our New America CA Fellows contributed to our California Column. Their entries are below.

Congress thumbnailCongress Is Working. You Just Haven't Heard About It.

Marci Harris dishes on the best kept secret in Washington.

Diversity thumbnailWant to Close the Racial Wealth Gap? Diversify the Tech Industry

The tech industry is the next great civil rights battleground. Laura Weidman Powers explains why.

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Learning the American Dream in Translation

Mario Koran explains how he learned he was Mexican—and how poor policies and prejudice are hurting English learners.

Police trustWe Need Data to Rebuild Trust in the Police

Otherwise, says Eric Liu, we cannot begin to build better relations between officers and the communities they're meant to serve and protect.

Single familySingle Family Homes, But No Single Family

For models of 21st century families, Mia Birdsong advises looking past stereotypes and to Black Americans.

Financial security moneyFinancial Security Should Be the Next Human Right

Portable benefits and Universal Basic Income can ensure it becomes just that, says Natalie Foster.


Eric Liu was a 2016 New America CA fellow. He is the U.S. executive director of Bayes Impact, a nonprofit that uses data to address pressing public interest problems.

Marci Harris was a 2016 New America CA fellow. She is cofounder and CEO of POPVOX, a civic startup dedicated to effective civic participation and good governing.

Laura Weidman Powers was a 2016 New America CA fellow. She is the co-founder and CEO of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates pathways to success in the innovation economy for Blacks and Latino/as.

Natalie Foster was a 2016 New America CA fellow. She is an advisor to the Aspen Institute Future of Work initiative and the Open Society Foundation. 

Mario Koran was a 2016 New America CA fellow. He is an education reporter for Voice of San Diego, an online investigative news outlet.

Mia Birdsong is a Program Fellow with the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America and was a 2016 New America CA fellow. She is a Senior Fellow at the Economic Security Project. Previously she served as Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative and as co-director of Family Story.