Newsom Assembles Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the formation of a state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery to chart a path forward on recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force will be co-chaired by Governor Newsom’s Chief of Staff Ann Leary and philanthropist, environmentalist, and businessman Tom Steyer. Steyer was also appointed Chief Advisor to the Governor on Business and Jobs Recovery.

The task force consists of nearly 90 members and features executives and leaders in California business, labor, health, academia, and community entities. Among the members on the task force are Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove, Assembly Minority Leader Marie Waldron, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, Newsom Administration Cabinet Secretary Ana Matosantos, Department of Finance (DOF) Director Keely Bosler, and The California Endowment President and CEO Bob Ross. Honorary task force members include the four past living governors Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis, and Pete Wilson.

The task force will work on developing actions that government and businesses can take to help Californians recover as fast as safely possible form the COVID-19-induced recession and will meet twice a month throughout 2020 to develop options that would work for all Californians, with a particular focus on those hardest hit by the pandemic. The ideas that will be shaped by the task force will include short, medium, and long-term solutions and will build upon the work of other groups including the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and the Commission on the Future of Work.

The full announcement from the Governor’s Office is available here.