Cross-Border Conference

September 19 - 21, 2023
Inquire About the Make It With Mexico Conference

Why is so much business conducted half a world away in often adversarial countries?

The inaugural “Make It With Mexico” conference brings together stakeholders from both sides of the border to discuss complex business and policy considerations around a simple idea:

We Should: Make It With Mexico.

The conference is modeled after the Independent Voter Project’s Business and Leadership Conference, held each year in Hawaii for the last two decades.

We encourage participants to bring their families, to stay the weekend, and to dress casual.

The Independent Voter Project believes that a more relaxed setting encourages more open conversation, honest dialogue, and more opportunities to build the authentic relationships necessary to advance good ideas.

Join us. Let’s Make It With Mexico.

Meet our

Legislative hosts

Assm. David Alvarez, Legislative Host (D)

Chairman, California Select Committee on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs
Assemblymember Alvarez is a small business owner and has served for fifteen years in government, including eight years as a San Diego City Councilmember. A proud advocate of the underserved in San Diego, his previous successes included building parks, libraries and fire stations in neighborhoods that did not have them.David was born and raised in Barrio Logan.

David and his wife Xochitl, a lifelong educator also from the area, are raising their daughter and son in the community they grew up in.

Sen. Brian Jones, Legislative Host (R)

California Senate Minority Leader
Brian has served in the California State Senate since 2018. He is the current Senate Minority Leader of the California Senate Republican Caucus. He also serves as the co-Chair of the Senate Outdoor Sporting Caucus. In the Senate, he has sponsored legislation that tackles homelessness, keeps our communities safe, lowers the cost of living, and removes bureaucratic barriers for businesses and Californians. 

Brian W. Jones was born on a military base in Austin, TX, and his family moved from Colorado to San Diego County when he was ten years old. He attended Grossmont College and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at San Diego State University.

Meet our

Committee hosts

Denise Ducheny

Former State Senator

Roberto Moreno

Binational Liaison

Juan Manuel Hernandez Niebla

Former State Citizen's Security Council President

Steve Peace

Former CA Director of Finance

Marlene Zamorano

Legal Adviser in Health Regulations, Government Liaison, and Construction

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Inquire About the Make It With Mexico Conference