Panorea Avdis serves as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the state’s lead entity for economic development and job creation efforts. Appointed by Governor Brown in 2012, Director Avdis has been instrumental in the restructure of California’s economic development office.
Director Avdis’ role entails direct oversight of some of the state’s key economic development programs including:
Prior to her most recent appointment, Director Avdis served as the Chief Deputy Director for GO-Biz, Chief of Staff in the Office of Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, Director of External Affairs at the California Department of Housing and Community Development under Governor Schwarzenegger. She also served in several positions in the Office of Governor Gray Davis including advance staff and special assistant to the Governor. In addition to her public sector work, she spent several years in the private sector as a project manager and advisor to the Chairman of AKT Development; a major land development company based in Northern California.
Director Avdis Chairs the I-Bank Board and the CA Competes Tax Credit Committee and serves on the California Employment Training Panel, Green Collar Jobs Council, California Industrial Development Financing Advisory Commission, Economic Recovery Financing Committee and the CalED Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Board of Director for the California State University, Sacramento Hellenic Outreach Program, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, Music on a Mission, Angelic LLC, and serves as the custodian of archives for Governor Gray Davis.
She is a native Sacramento, daughter of Greek immigrants, and a graduate of UC Davis.