Christopher Cabaldon

City of West Sacramento

I'm the mayor of what was the forgotten old-industrial small town on the other side of the tracks (in this case, the tracks are the Sacramento River) and is now the fast-growing, entrepreneurial city at the forefront an emerging American metro. We make rules mostly by breaking them,...the city is just a platform for our residents, companies, institutions, and newcomers to unleash great ideas. We were a 2015 Code for America city, one of the leading LRNG cities, and our how-did-a-little-city-do-that innovations on urban farms, universal preschool, flood protection and floodplain management, and college and career pathway internships have made it to the national and international stage, from the UN's World Urban Forum to the Innovation Growth Lab to New Cities. Punching above our weight for a smallish mid-sized city, we just passed a special tax for smart city infrastructure and to guarantee preschool, high school paid internships, and tuition-free community college to every West Sacramentan.

Also, I just might be the nation's leading heretic on the topic of civic engagement. See my 2017 SXSW talk: Swiping Left on Civic Engagement.

At the US Conference of Mayors, I chair the Jobs, Education & the Workforce Committee. We're deep into the future of work, college and career pathways, America's College Promise, early learning, digital badging, and rebooting workforce development to meet the disruptive impact of trade, automation, technology & AI.

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