Building a Community-Led, Climate Forward Economy 

The California Jobs First (CJF) program holds significant importance as a pioneering effort that places a strong emphasis on promoting equity and inclusion in economic planning. Unlike traditional approaches, CJF goes beyond merely focusing on economic growth and development; it strives to create an inclusive framework that considers the needs and aspirations of all members of the community, especially those who have been historically marginalized or underserved.

By actively engaging underrepresented groups and communities, California Jobs First aims to ensure that their voices are heard, their perspectives are considered, and their interests are integrated into the decision-making process. This approach fosters a more comprehensive and holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by diverse populations, leading to more impactful and sustainable economic development.

Through its innovative and inclusive approach, the program serves as a beacon of hope for driving positive change in economic planning, laying the foundation for a more equitable and prosperous future for all.

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The CJF program will:

  • Uplift under-voiced community needs to ensure they are included in Los Angeles County's 10-year Regional Economic Recovery Plans.
  • Ensure disinvested community members can access job and economic opportunities in high-growth sectors.
  • In this process, the Los Angeles High Road Transition Collaborative will map and support local community readiness to transition toward a carbon-neutral tomorrow and outline ways you can participate and benefit.
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Why You Should Get Involved: 

Through this historic initiative, community stakeholders will get a seat at the table within our Los Angeles High Road Transition Collaborative:

  • Be at the forefront of helping community members attain high-quality green jobs by identifying and funding projects, pipelines, and regional strategies
  • Help create a more equitable region while working collaboratively with other community partners.

CJF Goals and Objectives:


The California Jobs First program (CJF), formerly California Economic Resilience Fund (CERF), was created by the State of California to help local regions develop regional economic development plans. In Los Angeles County, CJF will help local stakeholders to:

  •  Create high-quality and accessible jobs for all Californians
  • Help local communities to transition and thrive in a carbon-neutral economy
  • Invest in COVID-19 recovery and build long-term economic resilience
  • Integrate the priorities of local residents in the region’s 10-year plan

The program seeks to develop and promote plans and strategies to identify high-quality, good-paying jobs in eco-friendly industries to increase disadvantaged communities' opportunities and quality of life. The California Jobs First program will also support businesses that invest in their workforces, pay living wages, and engage in environmentally sustainable business practices.


Understanding the Mechanics of the CJF Program:

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The Hub Structure

Role Defined:

  • SPA-Based Micrograntees are responsible for a specific thematic area within each SPA, EX: Youth in SPA 1-9. Their duties include gathering relevant data and community input, responding to data analysis, advising on key needs, co-creating economic development strategies, and summarizing concepts to inform the CJF planning process. They also hold monthly meetings and provide public updates to ensure hard-to-reach constituents have access to information.

  • Affinity Hub Leads facilitate regular conversations within their respective affinity areas, respond to data analysis, identify community needs, share information with other community / business / industry cluster tables, provide capacity-building resources for community participation, and gather feedback and decisions from community members across Affinity and Subregional Tables. Their primary focus is to facilitate the flow of information regarding the Collaborative's priorities between stakeholders and the Steering Committee.

  • Table Partner Leads, meanwhile, support the work of small businesses, economic development, and other underrepresented populations that require additional data gathering and in-depth planning.


  • There are 90 SPA-Based Micrograntees, 12 Affinity Hub Leads, and 8 Table Partner Leads.

  • The Hub Structure is made up of all of the required stakeholder groups identified in the SFP.

Steering Committee

Role Defined:

  • As the validating body, the Steering Committee incorporates the feedback and data received from the Hub Structure. They make informed decisions on items related to the design and implementation of the Collaborative's strategies for the region based on information and guidance from the Hub Structure, and governance structure as a whole.

  • This committee will be responsible for deciding on key points such as budget allocation, goals/outcomes and types of data, outreach and engagement strategy, regional strategy (Phase 1), and economic development and transition roadmap project strategies to prioritize for implementation projects (Phase 2). These decisions will be based on data and need analysis, as well as input from the Hub Structure and the Stewardship Committee.


  • The Steering Committee will be comprised of 38 representatives of critical voices from government, labor, business, industry, and community stakeholders that serve as the primary decision-making body for the Collaborative.​

  • A supermajority of the seats on the Steering Committee is dedicated to community-based leaders of disinvested communities, rooted in grassroots and community-based organizations. Priority will be given to leaders of organizations committed to equity, environmental justice, and advocacy for disinvested communities.

  • As per the proposal, the formation of a Steering Committee will be composed of a subset of representatives from the Hub Structure representatives from all required CJF-related stakeholder groups and selected community members. Out of the total seats in the Community-Based Leaders subgroup, 12 will be allocated to leaders of the Affinity Hub Areas.

  • The Fiscal Agent and Regional Convener will have non-voting seats on the Steering Committee.

Stewardship Committee

Role Defined:

  • Responsible for overseeing the management and proper use of resources within an organization. One of their main tasks is to review data analysis, which involves examining data to identify trends, patterns, and insights that can be used to make informed decisions.

  • Responsible for summarizing the concepts shared by data analysts with the steering committee. This involves taking complex technical information and presenting it in a way that is understandable and actionable.

  • Plays a primary role in the implementation of decisions made by the steering committee. They ensure that decisions are carried out effectively and efficiently.

  • Provides resources for training and capacity building, communications, ongoing engagement, contracting, and subcontracting. This includes identifying training needs, developing training programs, and providing support for communication and engagement initiatives. They also oversee the contracting and subcontracting process, ensuring that contracts are awarded fairly and that vendors are held accountable for delivering quality work.


  • The Stewardship Committee is comprised of the Convenor and Fiscal Agent.

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