About Us

The Inland Empire is home to nearly 4.6 million residents. Between 2020 and 2021, the region gained 48,000 residents while Los Angeles County lost 184,000 residents. More generally, Riverside County has doubled in population in the last 30 years, and San Bernardino County has increased by 50% during the same time period.


Our region has tremendous assets and attractions—from the natural beauty of its mountains and valleys, to the dozens of colleges and universities in the region, the growth in healthcare jobs and facilities, and the millions of talented and diverse people who call the region home.


We also have growing challenges—including housing and education that are increasingly out of reach, commutes that get longer every year, and health challenges facing millions of people, particularly people of color and those living in rural areas.


IE 2030 is a partnership of over 20 organizations and leaders across one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. Our goals are simple, yet powerful.

1)    Create an inspiring vision for success for our region and all its people,

2)    Address major issues affecting our communities, including health and public safety, affordable housing, reliable transportation, lifelong learning, and a thriving natural world, and

3)    Create a roadmap for achievements for 2030 and beyond, with changes in policies and a package of coordinated investments that can bring millions of dollars to our communities, and have lasting impact.


We are grateful for the contributions and leadership of our design committee members, as well as organizational partners that we are proud to call collaborative champions for change.

Design Committee

Jennifer Kane, Arts Connection Network

Carolyn Schutten, Director of Research & Development, Arts Connection – The Arts Council of San Bernardino County

Hazel Lambert, African American Family Wellness Advisory Group 

Rakayla Simpson, BLU Foundation

Dar’rell Jones, BLU Foundation

Jewel Patterson, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)

Jodie Wingo, CHAISR

Saul Catrejon, CHAISR

Noemi Alexander, Cal Baptist University

Resa Barillas, California Envirovoters

Sorrel Stielstra, Growing Inland Achievement

Dora Barilla, HC2 Strategies

Ernelyn Navarro, DM, LCSW AAPI Cultural Community Liaison, Riverside County, CA

Angel Baltazar, IEHP Foundation

Susan Gomez, Inland Empire Community Collaborative

Melanie Steele, Inland Southern California Housing Collective

Omar Gonzalez, TRU Evolution

Damien O’Farrell, President & CEO, Parkview Legacy Foundation

Bill Milstein, ReThink Health

Dr. Kristi Woods, Riverside Community College District (RCCD)

Jeff Van Waganen, Riverside County 

Andria Bartkowski, Riverside County

Arbazz Nizami, Sahaba Initiative

Josh Lee, San Bernardino Transportation Authority (SBCTA)

Mariam Rojo, San Bernardino Economic Development Agency

Naomi Soto, Planned Parenthood Board Member

Michael Seley, UCR School of Public Policy


Champions for Change

Arts Connection Network

BLU Educational Foundation
Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside

Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice (CCAEJ)
Community Health Association Inland Southern Region (CHAISR)
Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC)

Parkview Legacy Foundation

Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability

Vision y Compromiso

Voice Media Ventures

Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)

Previous IE RISE Champions, Pending Confirmation:

Alianza Coachella Valley

Clay Counseling Solutions

Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)
Growing Inland Achievement (GIA)
Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC) Data

Inland Empire Community Foundation
Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective
Inland Equity Partnership
Inland SoCal Housing Collective
Making Hope Happen Foundation
National Core
People’s Collective for Environmental Justice (PC4EJ)
Reach Out
Robert Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College
San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
Sigma Beta Xi Youth & Family Services
Tzunu Strategies

Youth Mentoring Action Network
Warehouse Worker Resource Center