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Cross-Border Conference

September 19 - 21, 2023
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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.

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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.


2023 Issue-Areas

The issue-tables are intentionally broad to invite open conversation. Conference participants, and their legislative counterparts, will ultimately control the direction of the dialogue at each  table. General topics this year include: 

  • Manufacturing and Nearshoring
  • Water and Agriculture
  • Cross-Border Health Care
  • Public Safety and Commerce
  • Infrastructure and Transportation

Interpreting Services Provided by:

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conference agenda

Tuesday, September 19

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception 
Guests and families included

Wednesday, September 20

8:00 am

Welcome Notes

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Issue Tables
Legislators participate at issue tables on a rotating basis. Guests can observe.

3:00 - 9:00 pm

Cross-Border Visit to Manufacturing Facility
Transportation and dinner provided

Cross-Border Visit Sponsored by:

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5:00 - 7:00 pm

Optional: Reception
Guests and families included

Thursday, September 21

8:00 am

Welcome Notes

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Issue Tables
Legislators participate at issue tables on a rotating basis. Guests can observe.

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Day trip to Cross Border Xpress facilities
Guests and families included. No children.

Trip Hosted by:

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6:00 - 8:00 pm

Closing Dinner
Guests and families included. No children.

Friday, September 22 - Saturday 23

Friday 9am - Saturday 4pm

Optional: Post-conference Overnight Trip to Valle de Guadalupe. Various stops from Baja to Tecate. Transportation and lodging provided. Guests and families welcome.

Friday 10:30am - 11:30am

Friday 12pm

SIMNSA Facilities Tour
Guests and families welcome.

Brunch at Caesar's Hotel in Downtown Tijuana
Brunch sponsored by SIMNSA

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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.
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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.
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Denise Ducheny

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Former State Senator
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Roberto Moreno

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Binational Liaison
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Juan Manuel Hernandez Niebla

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Former State Citizen's Security Council President
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Steve Peace

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Former CA Director of Finance
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Marlene Zamorano

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Legal Adviser in Health Regulations, Government Liaison, and Construction
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Stephen Walker

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Director of Correctional Health
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Meet our



Contact the Events team at [email protected] or (619) 207-4618.
  • Kaia Los Huertos, Event Coordinator
  • Lorenzo Hernandez, Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Chad Peace, Event Director
  • Juan M. Hernandez, Director de Eventos


  • General Motors
  • California Retailers Association
  • Smart Border Coalition
  • National Enterprises Inc.
  • Altria
  • Baja Railroad
  • Preflex
  • Hanna Interpreting Services
  • American Pistachio Growers
  • IVC Media
  • Cannacraft
  • MexInsurance
  • NAD Bank
  • Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
  • Rostrum California
  • Law Offices of Alberto Torrico
  • Fundación Mendoza Barbosa
  • JD Logistics
  • CBX
  • PG&E
  • CA Business Roundtable
  • Wildfire Defense Systems
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • UFCW
  • Open Oceans Global


The Make it With Mexico conference is an educational conference for legislators and industry representatives. Lobbying is strictly prohibited. Rather, the intimate format of the conference, and familial participation throughout, is designed to encourage authentic conversation and relationship building.

The conference is modeled after the Independent Voter Project’s successful Business and Leadership Conference held for the last 18 years. Throughout those years, the most productive and impactful issue-tables are those that throw away the powerpoint presentations, in favor of conversation you would have at your dinner table.

The conference is an opportunity for those in industry and government to identify win-win-win opportunities; those that are good for electeds, business, and everyday people on both sides of the border.

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