California and Mexico: The Need for Joint Policies to Maintain Competitiveness
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Though the trade and migration ties between Mexico and California are well known, it is less well known that Mexico is California’s most important export destination, with over $70 billion in bi-directional trade in goods in 2015. In addition, one out of every three Mexican immigrants to the U.S. settle in California and Latinos make up 40% of the state’s total population. Former State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny will unravel the key policy implications of these data points. Her talk will examine the ways in which cross-border advanced manufacturing clusters, coupled with a sizeable cohort of students whose education takes place on both sides of the border, create the need for bilateral policies to support education and workforce development.
Denise Moreno Ducheny is the Senior Policy Advisor at UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX). Based at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, USMEX contributes to the ongoing integration process between the U.S. and Mexico by providing a forum for thought leaders to engage in public dialogue; training and supporting a vibrant community of innovative scholars and practitioners; and undertaking cutting-edge research to guide policy decisions. Prior to joining USMEX, Ducheny served in the California State Senate from 2002 to 2010, representing the 40th District. She also served in the California State Assembly from 1994 to 2000 and on the San Diego Community College Board from 1990 to 1994. While a member of the California State Assembly, Ducheny launched a series of binational meetings among state legislators of the 10 U.S.-Mexico border states that eventually became known as the Border Legislative Conference. During her years in the California State Senate, she also led the effort to convene regular meetings of state legislators from California and the Mexican states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. In recognition of her dedication to the U.S.-Mexico relationship, Denise was awarded the Premio Ohtli by Mexico’s Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and North American Development Bank. Ducheny holds a B.A. in history from Pomona College and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.