Eloy Oakley

Eloy Ortiz Oakley is best known throughout California and the nation for implementing innovative programs and policies that help students succeed in college. Oakley strongly believes that California's emerging economies demand a workforce with certificates and degrees and that the state's 112 community colleges play a pivotal role in moving California forward. Under Oakley's leadership, the Long Beach Community College District has received numerous awards for its efforts to improve student completion rates and for teaching small business owners throughout the greater Los Angeles area how to succeed and grow their businesses.

He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Association of California Community Colleges Administrators (ACCCA), the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum and a founding member of the President's Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability.

Bob Foster

Mayor Bob Foster is a widely-respected business and community leader who was elected as the 27th mayor of Long Beach in June, 2006. He was re-elected for a second term in June 2010.

Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. As an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California's largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis. During Mayor Foster's tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.

Mayor Foster began his career in public service as a staffer in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still enforced today.

He was appointed as the Environmental Committee chair in 2008, elected to the Advisory Board in 2009 and elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mayor Foster to the Board of Governors for the California Independent Systems Operators (ISO) in 2010.

Mayor Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University in public administration. Prior to his election as mayor, he served as a trustee to the California State University system and remains active in a number of community and public policy organizations.

Cheryl Getuiza

Cheryl Getuiza is a native Californian. She was born in the Silicon Valley and raised in the East Bay.

Currently, she is the Chief Correspondent at California Forward. California Forward is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to work with Californians to help create a "smart" government – one that’s small enough to listen, big enough to tackle real problems, smart enough to spend our money wisely in good times and bad, and honest enough to be held accountable for results.

We’re different from other efforts to reform our state, because we believe in the importance of working together and understand that only robust public discussion and the creation of broad coalitions can move solutions forward.

As the “face” and “voice” of the organization, she’s collaborated with numerous community and business leaders as well as educators to tell success stories of those who are helping the state’s economy forge ahead.

But Cheryl’s former life, as a television reporter, took her all over the country. Her latest stint brought her back home, to the Golden State, specifically Los Angeles where she spent a year and a half with KTLA running after local politicians, trying to stay warm and dry during Storm coverage and sitting next to Hollywood stars in court. She’s even reported for CNN covering breaking regional news.

Prior to KTLA, Cheryl spent three years living near Disney World in Orlando, Florida reporting for WOFL-TV. There she covered an array of stories, including ones that made national headlines. She appeared on FOX NEWS numerous times.

Before that, Cheryl enjoyed the bright lights of Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada where she reported for KTNV for 3 years. She also spent a year as a reporter/anchor for KOBI in Medford, Oregon. She got her start in Carlsbad, Ca., reporting for KDCI, CNN's Local Headline News.

When she's not at work, Cheryl enjoys hiking at Griffith Park, going to the beach, spending time with mini-me daughter, her husband and two incredible dogs. But almost as important, Cheryl enjoys rooting on her two favorite sports teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Giants!!

She's a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Ted Douglas Zoller

Ted Zoller is a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, engaged in core strategies of the Foundation in the area of entrepreneurship. Dr. Zoller concurrently serves as director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a Senior Advisor to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. An active practicing entrepreneur, Professor Zoller has taught entrepreneurship courses in the MBA, BSBA and MBA for Executives, and MBA@UNC programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler since 1999, oversees the Center's teaching and outreach programs, and is the primary liaison for the business school to UNC’s university-wide Innovate@Carolina initiative and to partners in the Research Triangle Park entrepreneurial community. Dr. Zoller teaches new ventures, business model and enterprise development, and global venturing courses, focusing primarily on high-growth enterprises. He is the founding instructor of "Launching the Venture," an enterprise-creation program that has significantly increased the number of companies to spin off from UNC-Chapel Hill since its inception. His research focuses on entrepreneurial firm performance and social networking implications of entrepreneurial and venture dealmaking networks, and collaborates actively with the Blackstone Foundation to implement these networks nationally. He is founder of CommonWeal Ventures, a global venture advisory firm, a small business owner, and serves on the boards of numerous entrepreneurial ventures, including the Executive Committee of the Council of Entrepreneurial Development and the boards of Southeast TechInventures and Rex Health Ventures and is a Senior Vice President of USASBE. He holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill, master’s degrees from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and the University of Virginia focusing on entrepreneurship and economic development, and a dual bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

Jim Jonassen

Jim Jonassen founded JJA Venture Search in 2007. Jim brings a rare blend of experience having led well over 500 searches in his career but also founded and built two successful software companies.

Previously, Jim co-founded Riviera Partners a search and placement firm in 2001. Prior to Riviera, Jim was Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Application and Procurement Services at Opus360 Corporation (acquired by Artemis International). Jim co-founded and was Chairman/CEO of PeopleMover, Inc. PeopleMover completed its merger with Opus360 in February of 2000.

Jonathan Robinson

Jon Robinson is a manager of Entrepreneurship programs at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he oversees a number of initiatives to connect founders to financial, human, intellectual, and social capital, and expand access to entrepreneurial opportunity. He leads the Foundation's efforts to deliver entrepreneurship resources through community colleges, programs to support military veteran entrepreneurs, and other projects to improve local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. He also manages the Foundation's work on expeditionary economics, a research initiative focused on enabling economic growth in conflict areas.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Robinson was an account supervisor and defense and security specialist in public affairs at Edelman New York, where he provided strategic communications counsel for a variety of nonprofit, corporate, and government clients.

Previously, Robinson was a project associate with David Diebold & Associates, a boutique business consultancy headquartered in Hong Kong and Beijing concentrated on foreign investment in Chinese IT and telecom R&D.

Robinson served for eight years active duty and reserve in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry, including as a squad leader in Iraq and Mozambique. Robinson also has worked as a reporter for The New York Times, the Financial Times, and as an editorial assistant at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Emory University in Atlanta with a concentration in law and international relations.

Jeff Solomon

Jeff Solomon’s experience as an entrepreneur and dreamer has ingrained in him a passion for ideas and problem solving. Recognizing there was a gap for many companies between lead generation and closing sales, Solomon sought to bridge the divide by creating a comprehensive and configurable lead management platform for businesses that sell to consumers. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and that is precisely what led to the creation of a new class of lead management software designed for consumer marketers. Solomon’s vision led to the birth of Leads360, which provides an industry leading sales lead management platform that empowers sales organizations to close more leads and thus generate more

Elizabeth Stewart

For the last ten years Elizabeth has worked on environmental and social sustainability, with a particular emphasis on water, energy, and social enterprise models.  Elizabeth is the founding director of Causemopolis, a collaborative firm focused on developing infrastructure that furthers the integration of environmental, social, and economic considerations to create vibrant urban places worldwide. Her most recent consulting work focused on using collaborative consumption models to generate living-wage jobs in the green economy.  Specifically, she has spent the last two years developing a social enterprise that provides a market-based solution for scaling residential and commercial energy efficiency retrofits.  She has also advised clean tech and community-oriented technology start-ups.

Prior to starting Causemopolis, the majority of her career has been spent working in non-profit management and international development, developing holistic and sustainable water and sanitation programs alongside small businesses in the Global South.  In that capacity, Elizabeth has managed public-private partnerships, facilitated multi-stakeholder trainings, and managed and implemented programs in the field along side non-profit fundraising and management.  As Director of Communication and Marketing, she educated a broad range of audiences about the social, environmental, and economic importance of safe water and sanitation. Her communication savvy and fundraising expertise directly contributed to tripling the organization’s bottom line over a four year time period.

Domestically, she has also worked on sustainable economic development, analyzing the impact of recent green manufacturing and green building trends on jobs, small businesses, and urban sustainability in Los Angeles.

Elizabeth holds an MA in Urban Planning from the University of California Los Angeles, where she co-founded the Graduate Leaders in Sustainability Certificate program and was one of the first professionals to graduate with the recognition, and a BA in Political Science-International Relations.  She loves to travel, experience cities, and has lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For her, shepherding Hub LA into existence is the ultimate in creating sustainable urban infrastructure suited to tackle the global problems faced today. And she says it with a big smile on her face.

Amir Banifatemi

Amir is an entrepreneur, active angel investor, and product strategist. He is a founding member of K5 Ventures –an early stage fund, and president of Tech Coast Angels Orange County Network.

Having worked in Europe and in the US, Amir Banifatemi has more than 25 years of experience in development and growth of high technology ventures. His career began in Europe working in R&D and system design for on-board spacecraft medical and scientific experiments. His vision of a broader industrialization led him to establish partnerships with university labs and incubators to productize and market their research projects. He has held various senior executive positions with P&L responsibilities within very large companies such as EADS, AP-HP (largest European hospital group), and the European commission division for information society and media. He has contributed to the formation of more than 20 startups with emphasis on healthcare and medical devices, big data and analytics, media technologies and telecom.
Amir is the curator of TEDxOrangeCoast and is enjoys teaching and mentoring.

Vivian Shimoyama

Vivian Shimoyama is the Regional Executive Director of the Southern California Regional Center for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) Initiative. She manages the regional 10KSB team which works in partnership with Goldman Sachs, Babson College, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Long Beach Community College District, Los Angeles City College, the LA Regional SBDC Network, and local business organizations.

Ms. Shimoyama has over 25 years of experience in providing strategy and business consulting services to a range of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to educational institutions, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. As an entrepreneur, she has consulted with and been an advisor to Union Bank of California, Southern California Edison, University of Southern California, IBM, Citicorp, Coastline Community College Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Moss Adams LLP, Springboard Enterprises (a national non-profit that has raised over $4 billion in venture funding for women led companies), and a range of small businesses. Dedicated to building our communities, she is a member of the board of directors for the California Small Business Education Foundation, West Angeles Community Development Corporation, and serves as the Chair of Board for the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

She is a recognized international and national leader for her advocacy work for small businesses, and women in business -- serving as a U.S. delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit an event bringing together senior private and public sector players for a dialogue on fostering women’s economic empowerment among the APEC economies; a presidential appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan federal government advisory panel that is a source of advice and counsel to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress; a member of the U.S. delegation and facilitator for the landmark 10 Downing Street Economic Summit headed by former Prime Minster Gordon Brown and the U.K. government; an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.

Ms. Shimoyama has been honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration in the district, region, and recognized by the U.S. Congress with the 1999 National Women in Business Advocate Award. She is a graduate of the College of Commerce at the University of Illinois, and resides in Long Beach, California.

Keynote Speaker - Johnny Earle

Why have thousands of customers from around the world chosen to get the Johnny Cupcakes' logos tattooed on themselves? And how does Johnny get hundreds of people to camp outside his fake bakeries? Over the past decade Johnny Cupcakes, founded by speaker Johnny Earle, has grown from a "joke" to a multi-million dollar, highly exclusive t-shirt brand driven by a community of world-wide collectors. Johnny shares his story of how he took his t-shirt brand from the trunk of his rusty car at age 19, with a learning disability, to some of the world's most sought after retail locations.

In this session, Johnny will piece together how his success reinforces the power of details, experience and loyalty. Through his inspiring, and certainly unpredictable journey, Johnny exudes the fundamental connection between the person and the brand. Johnny's presentation provides comprehensive blueprints for getting any small business, passion or idea off the ground, while also expanding the way existing creators think.

Johnny has been named Americas #1 Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek, one of the top innovative people in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, he has been recognized 4 years in a row for making it into the INC 500/5000 fastest growing independent companies in America, and has been featured on MTV, NPR, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and as a case study in several branding and business books.

Paul J. Corson

Paul J. Corson is the Executive Director of Innovation Fund America, where he is developing a family of regional pre-seed investment funds for technology-based startup companies. The first funds include Innovation Fund So Cal and Innovation Fund North Carolina.

Prior to joining LCCC, Paul led the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he managed the Secretary's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Paul also developed the Taskforce on Space Industry Work Force and Economic Development report to the President, led Departmental efforts to co-host the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, and managed the i6 grant competitions, which supported the development of Proof-of-Concept Entrepreneurship Centers nationwide.

Prior to joining the Department, Paul held senior management positions for telecommunications and infrastructure development start-ups in the United States and Central Asia. He also spent two years in Armenia and Georgia supporting entrepreneurs following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Paul holds an MA in International Relations from The George Washington University, a BA in Political Economies from Franklin and Marshall College, and completed an executive management program at Singularity University.

Richard Koffler

Richard Koffler is CEO of Greenwings Biomedical, an incubator of biomedical ventures. He has been successfully launching and nurturing technology ventures for almost 30 years. Richard is a member of the Tech Coast Angels and a founding member of the Tech CEO Network, and was president of both the Los Angeles Venture Association and the Technology Council of Southern California. He also advises the California Emerging Technology Fund and the Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Northridge. Richard holds computer science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

Gregory Wendt

As a veteran financial advisor, economist and Certified Financial Planner, Greg is considered a thought leader in his field of sustainable and responsible investing, also known as impact investing. Greg is head of the west coast office and Senior Wealth Advisor with StakeHolders Capital, a boutique registered investment advisory firm specializing in Impact Investing and Sustainable Wealth Management.

Since 1991 Greg has advised clients who want to align their wealth through investments that reflect their priorities and concerns for a better world. Greg built his expertise in major Wall Street firms Smith Barney, UBS, and Prudential Securities and EP Wealth Advisors.

Greg is founder of two non-profit organizations, Green Business Networking; a non-profit business community of over 4,500 business owners and professionals committed to greening the economy for Greater Los Angeles, and Green Economy Think Tank which convenes sustainability leaders in cities around the country to evolve actions and solutions for the green economy.

Greg is a contributor to the book "Creating Good Work - The World's Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy" His public speaking and media appearances include "Business Rockstars" on KFWB News 980 radio, "Living with Ed" television show with Ed Begley on Home and Garden Television, Air America Radio, KNX News Radio, Business Ethics Magazine, LA Times, Financial Planning Magazine, Yogi Times Magazine, Whole Life Times, Whole Person Calendar.

Greg is a member of the California Financial Opportunities Roundtable (CALFOR), a select group of experts convened by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the USDA Economic Development to increase Impact Investing in California. As an advisor, he helps startups with strategic planning, market development and partnerships. Greg is Capital Action Team Co-Chair for the California Economic Summit, www.caeconomy.org. And Greg is on the advisory board to Hazel Henderson’s Ethical Markets.

Greg is a native of So Cal, and has lived in Santa Monica since 1983. He enjoys gourmet organic cooking with friends, hiking, swimming, biking, reading, writing, camping, amateur photography, rare aged teas, meditation, yoga and surfing. He combines his experience with a passion for philosophy, meditation and yoga to bring the perspective of Consciousness to the world of sustainability, economics and wealth management.

Victoria Sassine

Victoria Sassine has worked in strategic financial and operation management positions in a variety of industries, including biotechnology (BiogenIdec), consumer products (Phillip Morris, Kraft Foods) and petrochemical (Royal Dutch Shell Oil). She started her career as an auditor for Touche Ross, LLP. Currently, Victoria is an Independent Mutual Fund Trustee for Affiliated Management Group (NYSE: AMG), with AUM of $400B. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for several growing privately held firms.

Victoria's academic experience includes curriculum development and teaching Graduate Level (M.B.A) Corporate Finance, Financial Statement Analysis, and Entrepreneurial Finance. She has also designed and launched several successful Babson Executive Education programs, both in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Victoria is a member for the Babson Team for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. Launched in 2008, this program serves as a vehicle to job creation by providing access to business education and financial capital for growing entrepreneurial firms.

Victoria serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the Center of Women and Enterprise, one of the largest regional women’s business centers in the United States. She is a founding member of Guard Support, an organization that funds private businesses owned by former Massachusetts National Guardsmen. Her philanthropic interests focus on entrepreneurship and women economic empowerment.

Victoria has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

David Carter

David Carter is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He served as founder, President & CEO of Vertical Technologies, Thoughtstar and S5 Wireless. In addition, David served as an EIR for Wasatch Venture Fund now Epic Ventures. David is one of the Founders of Amplify.LA. In addition, David has funded and mentored numerous companies including Cerberian, Zorch, Oakley Networks, Medsource, Domo, Wastewater Compliance, CrimeReports, Celtek, At The Pool, Caplinked, StyleSaint, Shape Security, Ecomom, Invested.in,-ThreeDayRule, Current Advisor.

Forbes recently named David as one of the “12 Entrepreneurs that are Changing LA Forever” as part of Amplify. David received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Weber State University.

Lou Anne Bynum

As Executive Vice President of College Advancement & Economic Development at the Long Beach Community College District, Bynum has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors linking education and training to business and industry needs with a focus on developing a well-trained workforce and providing regional businesses and industry opportunities to grow and create jobs.

Under Bynum’s leadership, the College has brought in over $115 million in grants and contracts leading to a number of awards for quality and successful program results. Bynum strongly believes that community colleges play a critical role in economic development and that regional economies thrive when education leads to viable career paths, a well prepared workforce leads to quality jobs and growing and competitive businesses create high paying jobs leading to a viable economy.

Bynum is currently a board member for the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (WIB), the Long Beach Downtown Business Associates, member of the St. Mary Medical Center Hospital Advisory Board and member of the Advisory Board for the Los Angeles County BizFed Institute. She also serves on the National Education Advisory Council for the Cyber Innovation Center located in Louisiana.

Bynum was selected in 2004 as Woman of the Year in the 54th District by then California State Assembly Member Alan Lowenthal. In 2005, she was the educational appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Economic Strategy Panel for the State of California. She was awarded “Mujer Desarollo Económico” in 2010 by the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and she received the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship “Impact Award for Administration” in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded the “Excellence in Leadership Award” by the California Community College Association of Occupational Educators.

Matthew Crowley

Matthew Crowley is a venture lawyer, with a practice focused on assisting entrepreneurs in creating new businesses and achieving their goals for growth. Crowley regularly represents startups, with startup clients representing at least 70% of his practice.

Crowley began his career in San Francisco at the height of the dotcom boom, practicing law with corporate finance groups including Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) and Morrison & Foerster. After eight years of private practice, Crowley moved into senior management with Evoke Software in 2001, serving as vice president and general counsel. In 2004, Crowley joined the management team at Technicolor Home Entertainment Services in Camarillo, California, a division with revenues of $2 billion annually.

In 2006, Crowley established Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy to offer corporate legal services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their businesses.

Sean Arian

Sean Arian currently serves as the Vice President for Sustainability, Innovation and Emerging Technology for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. In that role, he launched a number of programs for the Chamber focusing on supporting the growing technology ecosystem in Los Angeles, including the Bixel Exchange in partnership with the US Small Business Administration.

Sean Arian is founder and Chief Strategist of Eos Consulting, helping clients pursue market-driven solutions to tough policy problems. From 2007 to 2010 Sean was the Director of Economic Development for the Mayor of Los Angeles, where he was responsible for driving the City’s green economy strategy, including the Clean Trucks Program and the Cleantech LA partnership. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Sean worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a past Executive Director of the Harry Bridges Institute and Director of International Relations for the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. He also serves on the board of the California League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund and was appointed to the advisory board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy by California Assembly Speaker John Perez.

Carrie Norton

Carrie Norton is Founder and CEO of Green Business BASE CAMP, a global entrepreneurial education company serving early stage green business and cleantech entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs. Carrie’s strategic career choices have offered perspectives in sustainable business and entrepreneurship, including roles at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Garage Technology Ventures and Idealab.

Most recently, Carrie spent 8 years as an executive in the commercial solar power industry, where she served early-adopting clients including Google, Sony, and British Telecom among others. Carrie is a Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Class of 2010.

She co-founded the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, and her community leadership also includes work with grid-item Alternatives, Net Impact and a handful of private company advisory roles. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Graziadio School of Management at Pepperdine University. She earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Trinity University.

Carrie speaks, consults and advises on topics related to innovation, entrepreneurial education and the triple bottom line. Carrie lives in Los Angeles but travels the globe in an effort to expand the sustainable innovation community.

Sunne Wright McPeak

Sunne Wright McPeak is the President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the deployment of broadband technology and closing the Digital Divide.

For 3 years prior, McPeak served as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, where she oversaw the largest state Agency, including Caltrans, DMV, CHP, Housing, several business regulatory departments, and programs for tourism, film, trade and small business. She was responsible for more than 42,000 employees and a budget in excess of $11 billion. Under McPeak’s leadership, performance in all departments improved significantly—cutting average wait times at the DMV from over an hour to 21 minutes, reducing by two-thirds the time to issue real estate licenses, and generating more than $180 million in savings. She also provided key policy leadership in support of the Governor to launch major investments in infrastructure and to foster groundbreaking regional “smart growth” planning.

Before being recruited to the Governor’s Cabinet, McPeak served as President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a major employer-led policy organization promoting regional economic prosperity. She served for more than fifteen years as an elected member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and was President of the California State Association of Counties in 1983. She also served on the Boards of Directors of two publicly-traded corporations for almost 2 decades.

Sunne grew up on a dairy farm in the San Joaquin Valley. She earned a B.A. in an Individual Major from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates. She and John McPeak have been married for 44 years and have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law and four grandsons in their family.

Louis Stewart

Louis Stewart currently serves as the Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he oversees the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout the state of California. At GO-Biz, Mr. Stewart manages a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs). The 16 iHubs were designed to stimulate local, regional, and statewide job creation as well as enhance the awareness, visibility, and opportunities for commercialization of the technologies emerging from GO-Biz’ iHub partners.

Mr. Stewart’s role includes a priority to develop an ecosystem that endorses entrepreneurship as well as promotes approaches that will augment strategic business development opportunities. High profile business opportunities are coordinated and managed in order to retain and expand business investment, assist in job creation, and enhance economic opportunities through collaboration and innovation.

Prior to GO-Biz, Mr. Stewart served as the Deputy Director for the 2010 Census in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, overseeing and directing the statewide new media outreach and county coordination for the U.S. Decennial Census 2010 in California.

Before joining the Census 2010 effort, Mr. Stewart was appointed to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as Special Advisor to the Director. While at the DMV, he served as Assistant Deputy Director of Field Operations and had oversight of internal operations as well as oversight of the 168 Field Offices throughout the state. His last assignment at the DMV was as Public Affairs Officer where he oversaw special assignments. He also served as the Information Technology Director for Governor Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign in 2006.

Mr. Stewart comes from the private sector where he has 17 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Information Technologies. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.