Past Events

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Transfer Process
A Conversation with California's Higher Education System Leaders

Wednesday, January 13th
11:00am to 12:30pm

Join Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, for a virtual conversation on transfer and hear directly from California's higher education system leaders about what is working, what has not, and how to improve transfer for students. 

Speakers include:

  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
  • Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Chancellor, California State University
  • Dr. Michael V. Drake, President, University of California
  • Kristen Soares, President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Register via Zoom:

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is escalating dangerously in our community and across California. In response, a series of new public health orders at the state and county levels have been issued.

Join Assemblymember Marc Berman and special guest Dr. Yvonne Maldonado for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall to learn more about how the state's Regional Stay-At-Home Order impacts the 24th Assembly District as well as recent developments in vaccines and what we can expect over the coming months. Dr. Maldonado is a member of the Governor’s Vaccine Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, and will provide updates on the COVID-19 vaccines, including safety and distribution plans for our community.

Questions that we’ll cover will include:

  • How does the new statewide stay-at-home order impact me, and for how long?
  • What is the status of the vaccines?
  • Are the vaccines safe?
  • When can my family and I get the vaccine?
  • How can I stay safe this winter?

Please click here to submit questions ahead of time.

The Covid-19 Town Hall will be hosted on Assemblymember Berman's website and Facebook page - you do not need a Facebook account to watch.

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Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD, FAAP, FPIDS, FIDSA

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Population Health
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Global Child Health
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Attending Physician and Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control,
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Yvonne (Bonnie) A. Maldonado, MD, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. She is also the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at the Stanford School of Medicine.  Dr. Maldonado attended Stanford University School of Medicine, where she completed a Pediatric internship.  She was a Pediatric resident and fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Maldonado then served as an Officer in the Public Health Service in the Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she was awarded the Alexander D. Langmuir Prize, named in honor of the founder of the EIS Program. She has led a number of NIH, CDC, USAID, Gates Foundation and WHO funded domestic and international pediatric vaccine studies, as well as studies in prevention and treatment of perinatal HIV infection in the US, India, Mexico and Africa.  With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she has over 10 clinical, epidemiology and laboratory-based studies in this area and is involved in epidemiologic modeling at the University, state and national level.  She is the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the American Public Health Association.  She of member of the Board of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and previously a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Office of Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Maldonado has been the director of two federally funded T32 training grants in Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology and has devoted substantial effort to teaching and training activities at Stanford University as well as in the national and international setting, including undergraduates, medical students, postdoctoral students, and infectious diseases fellows.  Dr. Maldonado has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and is co-editor of the textbooks “Remington and Klein Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant” and “Report of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book)”.

Within the Dean’s office at the School of Medicine, Dr. Maldonado has served as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity since 2014, leading the School of Medicine’s diversity efforts.  In that role she has oversight of for Associate Deans, including the Associate Dean of Medical School Admissions, ensuring that there is a commitment to enhance medical student diversity. In addition, she is the PI of the NIMHD-funded Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity Center (SPHERE), one of the first national centers focused specifically on using precision-medicine tools to improve the health of underserved ethnic and racial groups. Her hope is to bring her expertise and resources in this role to promote diversity, inclusion and equity in the academic workforce.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Please join BGCP and Assemblymember Marc Berman for a free Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. Families will receive one turkey, unlimited to-go dinners, and one grocery bag. First come, first served. While supplies last.

Turkeys and food will be distributed through a walk up station and a drive through, find out more information at

Friday, November 20
5 - 8 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula East Palo Alto Clubhouse
2031 Pulgas Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA 94303



Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Join Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Select Committee on the Master Plan, and the Campaign for College Opportunity for a virtual conversation on the student transfer experience in California!

Tuesday, October 27th

 1 - 2:30pm

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Hear directly from California students who have transferred or will transfer from a community college to a four-year university. Students will share their transfer stories and reveal what it takes to navigate the transfer process.

In addition to student panelists, speakers will include:

  • Assemblymember Marc Berman
  • Jessie Ryan, Executive VP, The Campaign for College Opportunity
  • Alyssa Nguyen, Director of Research and Evaluation, The RP Group
Monday, November 9, 2020

Health care spending increasingly threatens California family budgets. How will California ensure that health care is affordable in the wake of the pandemic?  

Join Assemblymember Marc Berman for a panel discussion moderated by Vicki Veenker, who convened the diverse coalition of stakeholders that developed an innovative cost containment solution.

Monday,  November 9th 
12 - 1 pm.

Click here to register for Assemblymember Berman’s virtual event.
(Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event)

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Lanhee Chen
Hoover Institution Fellow and Director
of Domestic Policy Studies
Stanford University

Bill Kramer
Executive Director for Health Policy
Pacific Business Group on Health

Laurel Lucia
Director of the Health Care Program
UC Berkeley Labor Center

Vicki Veenker (Moderator)
Managing Director,
West Coast Convergence
Center for Policy Resolution


Top Bay Area health policy experts brought together by Convergence Center for Policy Resolution will describe their recommendation and address:

  • How would this solution contain health care costs in the wake of COVID-19? 
  • Why does the recommendation have broad support from consumers, doctors, insurers, employers and workers? 
  • How would the solution impact the Bay Area and AD24 residents?

Learn why Governor Newsom and Assembly Health Chair, Dr. Jim Wood, each introduced this affordability measure which could make health care much more accessible to every Californian. 

Read more about the California Health Reform Initiative report .