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2020 Economic Forecast Update

  • Tue, September 15, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Join us Sept 15 - pay what you'd like!

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COVID-19 Aftershocks: Where does the San Gabriel Valley stand now?


The Partnership and Cal Poly Pomona would like to thank our Sponsors:

Title Sponsor

  • Citrus Valley Association of Realtors

Platinum Sponsors

  • Bank of America
  • Spectrum
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • SoCal Gas

Gold Sponsors

  • Atkinson, Adelson, Loya, Ruud, & Romo
  • Pacific Plaza Premier

Silver Sponsor

  • Methodist Hospital of Southern California

Sponsorships Available

  • $150 Silver
  • $300 Gold
  • $500 Platinum (sold out)
  • $1000 Title Sponsor (sold out)

Contact us for details at 


  • 8:40 am Pre-Event Mix and Mingle (sponsored by Spectrum)
  • 9:00 am Welcome Remarks & Introductions
  • 9:10 am Robert Kleinhenz: Economic Update (sponsored by Bank of America)
  • 10:02 am Q & A
  • 10:00 am  10-Minute Break
  • 10:10 am Henry Olsen: Keynote Address - Preview of the 2020 Election (sponsored by Kaiser Permanente)
  • 10:45 am Q & A
  • 10:52 am Closing Remarks
  • 11:05 am Event Adjourns (Optional Fireside Chat with the Speakers)
(Master of Ceremonies sponsored by SoCal Gas.)


Master of Ceremonies

Dr. Laura Pohopien teaches undergraduate classes in the College of Business Administration in Communication for Business and Organizational Behavior. She is an avid follower of businesses who emerge successfully amidst chaos and her dissertation focused on creative destruction and the complexity of entrepreneurship within established industries. She is an alumna of the university and is heavily involved in advancement activities; allowing her to give back to her Bronco community for whom she holds high regard. She works closely with the dean of the college on innovative instructional developments. She has a quirky and effervescent presence on the campus and says interacting with the students is the best part of the job. 

Dr. Pohopien is also a trained chef. She has instructed thousands of would-be culinarians in the art of bringing delicious food to the table. She has a prime-ingredient philosophy of cooking- “have at least one ingredient from your recipe be the best you can afford.” Her cooking show in 2003 aired nationally- and her new cooking show, The Prime Ingredient, will air on several online platforms in Q4 of 2020.


Dr. Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center Olsen began his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. After three years working for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, he returned to school to become a lawyer. Following law school he clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as an associate in the Philadelphia office of Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He then joined the think tank world where he spent the next eighteen years as an executive at a variety of institutions, serving as the President of the Commonwealth Foundation, a Vice President at the Manhattan Institute, and as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He left AEI in 2013 to pursue a career in political analysis and writing at EPPC. During that time his work has appeared in variety of leading publications in America and the United Kingdom.

He is the author or co-author of two books, The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism and (with Dante J. Scala) The Four Faces of the Republican Party. His biennial election predictions have been widely praised for the uncanny accuracy, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio programs. Olsen regularly speaks about American political trends and global populism in the United State, Europe, and Australia.

Economic Specialist

Dr. Robert Kleinhenz is an Executive Fellow at the College of Business Administration, Cal Poly Pomona and the Principal Economist with the firm Kleinhenz Economics. He is leading voice on the economy and the housing market at the national, state, and local level and taps over 30 years of experience to present his outlook for the economy and its industries, and to offer his perspectives on leading policy issues.

Dr. Kleinhenz has held several positions over the course of his career, most recently as Economist and Executive Director of Research with Beacon Economics. He previously served as the Chief Economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and Deputy Chief Economist with the California Association of Realtors, and held academic positions USC, UC Riverside, and Cal State Fullerton. Kleinhenz has worked with numerous clients in the private sector, the public sector, and academia, producing a variety of economic forecasts, economic impact studies, land use, economic development, and industry studies, and public policy analyses.

Dr. Kleinhenz is known for his extensive knowledge of the economy and economic policy. He speaks to a variety of audiences that include leaders in business, government, the nonprofit sector, and education. A frequent contributor to the media, he has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, and NPR, and has been quoted in news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury-News, and numerous Southern California publications. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, past President and Treasurer of the National Association for Business Economics-Los Angeles Chapter, and past Treasurer of the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California.

Dr. Kleinhenz holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Southern California with a specialty in urban and regional economics. He also holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

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