Independent Voter Project

IVP Conferences

IVP Annual Conference

The Independent Voter Project (IVP) hosts conferences and summits attended by elected officials, industry leaders, and top experts to discuss the important policy considerations we face today in a nonpartisan manner.

Business and labor leaders join with legislators annually to participate in the Independent Voter Project Business and Leadership Conference in Hawaii.

There is rarely a time and place for elected officials and diverse interest groups to gather around a table and discuss the options that might lead to solutions to the policy questions of today. The IVP conferences provide a setting, away from the Capitol, to both consider expert information and to engage in discussions about those policy matters.  

recent annual conference, held in 2016, focused on 6 key issues: Communication Technology, Education, Energy, Tort Reform & Product Safety, Healthcare, and Economic Development in California.

Each panel included experts and multiple representatives with competitive interests. The panels met daily with lawmakers participating in each of the panels during the 4 days of the conference.

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IVP Co-Hosted Reform Meetings

The Independent Voter Project joined a host of election reformers in Kansas City for a gathering of nonpartisan organizations. The goal of the meeting was to find ways to leverage the group's collective strengths while still supporting each individual organization's unique efforts. 

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IVP Summits

In an ongoing effort to improve the public dialogue, the Independent Voter Project sponsors and organizes policy forums designed to feature perspectives from all sides of important controversial issues facing California and the Nation.

Nonpartisan Primary Summit

On August 19, 2015 the Independent Voter Project and California Forward co-hosted a series of panel discussions on California’s nonpartisan Top­-Two primary and the future of voting rights.

Panel topics:

What is Top-Two Really About

The Future of Nonpartisan Reform

Top-Two's Effect on CA Elections

Special Guest Speakers:

Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Senator Steve Glazer


Sacramento - A Summit on Privacy

With revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance activities at the forefront of the political dialogue in America, the Independent Voter Project hosted a summit on the issue of privacy on September 4, 2013.

As the first in an ongoing series of panel discussions, the four hour round table discussion included voices from the California legislature, privacy advocates, and representatives from tech, manufacturing, retail, and other industries.

The discussion focused on (1) why California is uniquely situated to pave the way for national privacy policy; (2) the difference between a “law” and a Constitutional Amendment; and (3) suggestions for policy implementation.

The panel discussion took place at Sacramento’s Citizen Hotel. Full coverage of the event can be found here.

UC Merced - A Summit on Hydraulic Fracturing

On November 1, 2013, the Independent Voter Project held the second in a series of policy forums at the University of California at Merced.

The Summit on Fracking focused on legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that would regulate the controversial oil and gas extraction technique Hydraulic Fracturing – more commonly referred to as “fracking”.

The forum included Congressman Jim Costa, members of the State Legislature, the director of the Department of Conservation, industry representatives, as well as representatives from a number of environmental organizations.

The discussion included Senate Bill 4 and the pending regulatory process. Full coverage of the event can be found here.


Yountville Energy Conference

California has been facing drought conditions for a number of years, with 2013 recorded by the U.S. Drought Monitor as the driest year yet.

As the third in an ongoing series of policy forums, IVP hosted a roundtable discussion about the increasingly pertinent issue of water policy in California.

The event included a panel discussion comprised of representatives of the California State Legislature, local governments, water experts, community based organizations and other water policy stakeholders.

The event took place on December 12, 2013 at Fresno State University.


Fresno State University - A Summit on Water

On March 13, 2014 California legislators, community organizations, local government representatives, and energy experts gathered in Yountville to discuss the future of energy policy in California.

Hosted by the Independent Voter Project, the summit on energy marked the fourth in a series of policy forums aimed to provide lawmakers and decision makers a space to consider this critical topic from a wide range of viewpoints.


E-T-C Conference Panels at University of California San Diego

In 2014, the inaugural E-T-C conference brought together leaders from the public, private, nonprofit, and university sectors to discuss the current state of politics in California and across the nation. The E-T-C Conference (meaning Ethics, Transparency, and Civility) took place at University of California San Diego and focused on ways to increase youth engagement in political discourse.