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The Power of Public Investment: Improving Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Future

Monday, September 18, 2017 • 6:00pm–7:30pm Add to Calendar


Toll Room, Alumni House



The Michael Nacht Distinguished Lecture in Politics and Public Policy featuring California State Treasurer John Chiang, sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum. 

Public investment powers innovative social policies that dramatically improve lives, reduce income inequality, and give the planet a fighting chance against global warming.  California State Treasurer John Chiang reveals how seemingly mundane financial decisions can drive large-scale change that makes a real difference in our quality of life.

As the state’s banker, Treasurer Chiang oversees trillions of dollars in annual transactions, manages a $75 billion investment portfolio, and is the nation’s largest issuer of municipal bonds. In 2016, he cut off Wells Fargo from its most profitable lines of business with the State of California after it was found to have fleeced thousands of its customers. Importantly, states and cities across the country are now following his lead and imposing similar sanctions to send a message that integrity and trust matter.

Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, should call (510) 642-5032. Please request accommodations as early as possible to assure the best possible arrangement. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:30pm.

This event is free and open to the public.