CGI America 2016 | June 12–14, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia


We are excited to announce that more than 50 Commitments to Action were made at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America 2016 on June 12-14. Commitments are new, specific, and measurable plans that support increased economic growth and opportunity in the United States. Several new commitments are focused on CGI America's host city of Atlanta—watch Mayor Kasim Reed's announcement now.

The mission of CGI is to turn ideas into action. CGI America brings together leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits to develop solutions that encourage continued economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made nearly 600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of more than 4.9 million people.


President Jimmy Carter

Founder, The Carter Center, 39th President of the United States

President Bill Clinton

Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States

Carolyn W. Colvin

Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Shirley Ann Jackson

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Robert L. Johnson

Founder and Chairman, The RLJ Companies

Joe Manchin III

U.S. Senator from West Virginia

Janet Murguía

President and CEO, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Marian Wright Edelman

President, Children's Defense Fund

Working Group Model

The core of the CGI America meeting is the Working Group model, which consists of nine topic-specific groups—each bringing together about 60-120 diverse industry leaders. Each group will convene several iterative sessions over the course of the meeting to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate Commitments to Action.
Building off past meetings, the 2016 CGI America Meeting will feature several new Working Groups. These new Working Groups are as follows: College and Career Readiness, Outcomes-Based Financing, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Sustainable Cities.

Advanced Energy

Financial Opportunity

STEM Education

College and Career Readiness

Outcomes-Based Financing

Sustainable Cities

Early Childhood Education

Small and Medium Enterprises

Workforce Development


Agenda is subject to change

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta participates in a session on community-based sustainability projects at CGI America 2015.

Past Participants

American Association of Community Colleges
American Federation of Teachers
Appalachian Regional Commission
Apple, Inc.
Bank of America Corporation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Center for Financial Services Innovation
City of Atlanta
City of Houston
City of Los Angeles
City of Philadelphia
The Coca-Cola Company
Duke Energy
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Farmers Insurance Group
The Ford Foundation
Gap Inc.
Girl Scouts of the USA
Goldman Sachs
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Google Inc.
Intel Corporation
The Joyce Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Kresge Foundation
Local Initiatives Support Coalition
Lockheed Martin
MacArthur Foundation
McDonald’s Corporation
Noble Energy, Inc.
NRG Energy

Project Lead The Way
The Rockefeller Foundation
Rocky Mountain Institute
Sesame Workshop
Social Finance
Target Corporation
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
UP Global
Vestas Wind Systems
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The Western Union Company
The White House
Year Up

These LEED Platinum homes were built through Make It Right Foundation’s 2007 commitment to create sustainable and affordable homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Commitments to Action

Commitments to Action—a defining feature of CGI—are concrete plans that address a pressing challenge. They can be small or large, and financial or non-monetary in nature. Many commitments are the result of cross-sector partnerships, with attendees combining efforts to expand their impact. Every commitment must be new, specific, and measurable, and CGI America staff provide commitment-making support in the lead up to the meeting.

Inversiones: A Small Business Investment Initiative 
Commitment by: National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders; partners.

In 2012, the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders committed to support the creation and expansion of 1,500 small businesses in predominately Latino communities. As of spring 2015, over $114M in loans had been deployed to 4,166 small business owners, stimulating the creation of 8,230 jobs.

Making the Green Mountain State Green
Commitment by:  NeighborWorks of Western Vermont

In 2013, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont committed to retrofit 1,000 homes in a five county area of Vermont by 2015. As of spring 2015, the commitment had exceeded expectations with 1,134 retrofits completed, representing one-third of all in-state residential projects and saving residents over $800,000 a year.