Mayor Christopher Cabaldon launched FutureReady as a trust fund and partnership to:

  • Engage West Sacramento youth in civic improvement.
  • Build college and career readiness for local high school students through linked learning.
  • Give youth meaningful experience with entrepreneurship and employment.
  • Promote youth competency in urban life and place making. 
  • Create best in class work-based learning opportunities for West Sacramento students in industry related pathways.
A project of the West Sacramento Foundation, our work toward these goals emphasizes municipal initiatives like the West Sacramento food hub, biking and transit, and civic innovation and technology.


Steering Committee

Chair of the FutureReady Steering Committee: West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

Christopher Cabaldon was first elected Mayor of West Sacramento in 1998, and is serving his ninth term.  He is the first mayor elected directly by the voters of the city, after serving three terms on the city council.  The Sacramento Bee says that “under his leadership, the city has become one of the municipal stars of the region.” At the United States Conference of Mayors, he is Chair of Jobs, Education, and the Workforce and one of the nation’s leading mayors on innovation, ports and exports, civil rights, floodplain management, and education. He is also Vice President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.  An appointee in the administrations of four California governors spanning both political parties, Mr. Cabaldon currently serves as California’s commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, where he is Chair of issues analysis & research.

Mr. Cabaldon’s professional career in education policy in California spans more than two decades. After serving as Director of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and then Chief of Staff to the Assembly Appropriations Committee chairwoman, Mr. Cabaldon served five years as Vice Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, with executive responsibility for policy, strategic initiatives, planning, technology, data systems, governmental advocacy and intersegmental relations, and public affairs.  He then transformed a small organization into one of the state’s most influential policy advocates for K-12 reform as President of EdVoice. Mr. Cabaldon is currently the executive director of the Linked Learning Alliance and a partner at Capitol Impact LLC.

Steering Committee Member: Mary Leeland, Member of the Washington Unified School Board

Steering Committee Member: Maria Simas, Director for the West Sacramento Foundation

Steering Committee Member: Denice Seals, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce 

Steering Committee Member: Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Communications and Technology at the Foundation for California Community Colleges 

Steering Committee Member: Chris Jarosz, Co-owner of Broderick Roadhouse, Capitol Dime, Trick Pony & Wicked Wich 


FutureReady Project Coordinator: Ian Winbrock

Ian is an experienced collaborator with faculty and administration in the local school district and manages projects for FutureReady. He co-created the pilot FutureReady work-based learning program with faculty from West Sacramento Early College Preparatory School (a West Sacramento based charter school) that aligned with articulated curriculum inside of the classroom and provided students with real-world work experiences that prepared them for college and career. In addition to managing projects and programs for FutureReady, Ian also spearheads the fundraising efforts for FutureReady, which have raised over $50,000 since FutureReady began.