Holly Schroeder is the President and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). Ms. Schroder has over 20 years of management experience and executive experience in private sector, governmental, and non-profit organizations. Ms. Schroeder received an M.S. in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon, and a B.A. in Chemistry and French from St. Olaf College.
She was nominated by Supervisor Barger and the SCVEDC as a Business Representative.
Joanne Peterson is the Executive Officer of Human Resources at L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Ms. Peterson has many years of professional experience and has become a respected leader in public sector human resources, a sought-after public speaker and author. Ms. Peterson received an MPA from the University of Washington, an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy, and Certification in Strategic Leadership from the Dominican University of California. She previously served as a member of the Marin County Workforce Investment Board.
She was nominated by the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce as a Business Representative.
RUSSELL BARNARD is the President of the Hospitality Industry Management Group (HIMG), the operating company for Rusty’s Surf Ranch, now in its 22nd year on the Santa Monica Pier, and other industry related activities. Mr. Barnard’s previous hospitality industry experience includes concept development and operation of Santa Monica restaurants such as The Tavern on Main, The Atrium Espresso Bar Café, and the Ocean Park Omelet Parlor. Mr. Barnard was an Instructor in the Department of Communications at Stanford and an Assistant Professor of Journalism at CSU Northridge.
He was nominated by County Supervisor Kuehl and the Pier Lessees’ Association as a Business Representative.
Gustavo V. Camacho is the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Pico Rivera. Prior to being elected to the City Council, he was the City planning commissioner. He previously served as President to the California Contract Cities Association. He is a member of the Southeast Area Water Coalition, South East Area Animal Control Authority, Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District and Joint Powers Insurance Authority. Mayor Pro Tem Camacho is a renewable energy business development director and former executive director for a retail/business improvement district. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Urban Planning from San Diego University.
He was nominated by the Supervisor Solis, First Supervisorial District.
Jose Gardea is the President of Urbanism Advisors. Urbanism Advisors facilitates, develops and implements action plans for economic and business development through Public/Private Partnerships. He previously served for 12 years as Chief of Staff for the First Council District of the City of Los Angeles, and was a Senior Field Deputy for 6 years prior to that. He received a B.S. in Political Science from UCLA.
He was nominated by the Valley Economic Development Center as a Business Representative.
Darrel Sauceda is the Chief Operating Officer at Associated Construction Services Group. Darrel has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry. Darrel has managed multimillion dollar projects for the Governmental, Public, Private and Utility sectors with a total program management vision, from initial design concept through final completion and occupancy. He ensures complete client satisfaction through strong relationships. Additionally, Darrel ventures in to new markets and prospects through national and local relationships and resources. He believes in training his employees to improve their skillset and ensures that they always put Safety first.
He was nominated by Supervisor Hahn as a Business Representative.
Erick Verduzco-Vega is the President of the South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce (SBLCC) which has over 200 small business members located throughout the County and he is also a business owner and entrepreneur. He served as an appointee of the 2nd District and was Vice Chair of the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board. He currently serves on the City of Long Beach Planning Commission. Mr. Verduzco-Vega received a B.S. in Finance, Real Estate and Law from CSU Long Beach.
He was nominated by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and the SBLCC as a Business Representative
Lola Smallwood-Cuevas is a Project Director for the UCLA Labor Center, and volunteers at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, the first worker center in California focused on solving the black job crisis by building power among black workers to create greater access to quality jobs, addressing employment discrimination, and transforming industries that employ black workers. She previously served on the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board.
She was nominated by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and the L.A. County Federation of Labor to serve as a Representative of Labor and the Workforce.
Shomari Davis is a Business Representative with the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers – (IBEW) Local 11. In this capacity he works to expand employment opportunities for L.A. County residents in the building trades and serves as a liaison between labor and management on construction projects. He received an Associate of Sciences Degree in Electrical Technology in 1988 from Pasadena City College. He previously served on both the L.A. County and L.A. City Workforce Investment Boards.
He was nominated by the L.A. County Federation of Labor to serve as a Representative of Labor and the Workforce.
Keith Harkey is a Business Representative with the Ironworkers Local 433 – covering Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the surrounding area that has a membership of 5,000 skilled workers which includes over 650 apprentices. Mr. Harkey is also on the District Council of Ironworkers of the State of California and Vicinity. He serves as an Executive Board Member of the Orange County Labor Federation and member of the Los Angeles County Labor Federation where he represents working people at the state and local level. As a Delegate for the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council and as member of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), he is focused on expanding job opportunities by building and maintaining strong relationships with companies such as Disney.
He was nominated by Supervisor Hahn as a Representative of Labor and the Workforce.
Corinne Sanchez is the President and CEO of El Proyecto del Barrio, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive health, employment, childcare development, HIV outpatient medical and education, youth and rehabilitative services to the under-served communities throughout L.A. County. Ms. Sanchez served as an appointee of the 1st District on the L.A. County WIB. She has over 37 years of experience in Non-Profit Organization Administration. She received a JD from the San Fernando College of Law and a B.A. from CSU Long Beach.
She was nominated by Supervisor Solis as a Representative of the Workforce.
Jaime Valdivia is the Executive Director of the Piping Industry Progress and Education (PIPE) Labor-Management Cooperation Committee. He is affiliated with many labor associations including serving as the President of United Association Local Union 398. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Mounty Baldy Regional Occupational Center. Mr. Valdivia is also a Certified Instructor of Journeyman Training. He received a B.A. in Labor Education from National Labor College and an Associate Degree in Applied Science/Industrial Training from Washtenaw Community College.
He was nominated by the L.A. County Federation of Labor as the Representative of Joint Labor-Management Apprenticeship Programs.
Adriana Barbara Kuhnle is the Division Chief for the newly configured Los Angeles – Coastal Field Division of the Workforce Services Branch of the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Previously, Adriana served as the Deputy Division Chief for the Central South Region of Southern Workforce Services Division which encompasses over 41,000 miles, consists of nine counties, seven Workforce Development Boards (WDB), 12 AJCCs, and 120 staff. She has served on three WDBs and multiple sub-committees. Adriana has 33 years of experience working with the Employment Development Department; 15 of which have been in Workforce Services.
She was nominated by EDD as a Representative of the State employment service office under the Wagner-Peyser Act.
Wan-Chun Chang has worked with the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) for over 38 years and is currently responsible for managing a vocational rehabilitation services program as the District Administrator over the Van Nuys/Foothill District. She has been a member of the L.A. County Commission on Disabilities and the Advisory Board since 2007 and previously served on the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board. She received her M.A. in Guidance from Eastern Kentucky University and her B.A. in English from Fu Jen Catholic University.
She was nominated by DOR as the representative of programs carried out under Title-I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Cynthia Parulan-Colfer is the Superintendent of the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District, the 2nd largest adult education system in California (after LAUSD). She has over 25 years of educational leadership experience in Vocational Education, English-as-a-Second Language, Citizenship, Greater Avenues for Independence, Adults with Disabilities, and Parent Education. Ms. Parulan-Colfer received a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Educational Administration from CSU Fullerton, and a B.A. from UCLA.
She was nominated by the Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services as a Representative of Adult Education & Literacy.
Dr. Patricia Ramos
Dr. Patricia Ramos is the Dean of the Workforce and Economic Development at Santa Monica College. She is also the owner and operator of Los Angeles’ premier espresso catering business; America’s Cup Espresso Bars, located in Santa Monica. Dr. Ramos was the 2015 Chair for the 26th Anniversary Awards Dinner of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). She previously served as the Youth Council Chair of the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board.
She was nominated by Supervisor Kuehl as a Representative of Institutions of Higher Education.