Latinos comprise the largest ethnic group in the largest state of the union. Today, nearly 40 percent of all California residents are of Latino origin – a number that will only grow over the coming decades. The future of California and the future of its Latino population are one in the same. But when we look at some of the economic and political trends among California’s 14 million Latino residents, there are troubling signs for our community, and for our state’s future.
About the California Latino Economic Institute (CLEI)
The mission of the CLEI is to sustain and grow California’s Latino middle class. In 2015, the California Latino Legislative Caucus partnered with the California Business Roundtable to create the CLEI as a stand-alone, independent organization focused on research to address challenges and opportunities to creating a sustainable and growing Latino middle class.
Today, California’s wide economic disparities, commonly referred to as “Two Californias,” fall largely along racial lines with Latinos precariously straddling the line between a growing underclass of poverty and a declining middle class. In fact, according to Stanford’s Center on Poverty and Inequality, 32.2 percent of Latinos in California live in poverty, 12 points higher than any other ethnic group and ten points above the statewide figure.
As an 501c3 - not for profit - organization (TAX ID: 81-3050673), CLEI Institute utilizes research to educate and engage stakeholders to achieve its mission. CLEI’s Board consists of business leaders, members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, local Latino elected officials, prominent Latino academics and representatives from community/nonprofit organizations.