Davis, California - The UC Davis Poverty Research and Poverty Summit will bring together researchers, policymakers and people who work on the front lines of poverty to discuss ways forward in a state with the highest poverty rate in the nation. Twenty-three percent of Californians lived in poverty in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s supplemental poverty measure.

Friday, April 22, noon-5 p.m.

UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K St., Suite LL22

  • Ann Huff Stevens, professor of economics, director of the Center for Poverty Research and interim dean of the Graduate School of Management, will present “Labor Markets and Poverty in the U.S.: Basic Facts, Policy and Research Needs.”
  • Marianne Bitler, professor of economics, will present “Lessons about the Safety Net: Evidence from the Research Community.”
  • Marianne Page, professor of economics and deputy director of the Center for Poverty Research, and Ross Thompson, distinguished professor of psychology, will present “Children and the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty: Research Frontiers and Policy Implications.”
  • Erin Hamilton, assistant professor of sociology, will present “The Poverty and Wellbeing of Unauthorized Immigrant Children and Children in Mixed-Status Families.”
  • Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of economics, will present “Immigrants, Poverty and Welfare: How Do They Fare, How Do They Affect Natives?”

Panelists include:

  • Kevin McCarty, member, California Assembly
  • Kevin Johnson, dean, UC Davis School of Law
  • Frank Mecca, executive director, County Welfare Directors Association of California
  • Kim Johnson, child care and refugee branch chief, California Department of Social Services
  • Marco César Lizárraga, executive director, La Cooperativa Campesina
  • Kate Karpilow, executive director, California Center for Research on Women and Families
  • Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, senior policy and government affairs manager, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Sarah Bohn, research fellow, Public Policy Institute of California


Across the four sessions, participants will summarize and discuss the state of poverty research and public policy over the past decade, and how research can better inform policy in the decade to come. Sessions will follow four key areas of research and policy: labor markets and poverty, the state of the safety net, children and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, and the intersections of poverty and immigration. RSVP and learn more about the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.