Kevin Klowden is executive director of the Milken Institute's California Center and a managing economist at the Institute. He focuses on issues connected to job creation, technology-based development and California's role in the global economy. Klowden is the lead author of numerous publications, including "A Hollywood Exit: What California Must Do to Remain Competitive in Entertainment -- and Keep Jobs" as well as "Strategies for Expanding California's Exports" and “A Golden Opportunity with China: How California Can Become an Even Bigger Destination for Chinese Foreign Investment.” He has written about the importance of a skilled and educated workforce in maintaining California's competitiveness, the effects of transportation and freight infrastructure on job growth and the essential role of technology in economic development. A frequent speaker, he currently serves on multiple advisory boards, including the recently established Trade Finance Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Klowden holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and London School of Economics, where he studied Asian financial centers and foreign direct investment.