Staff Directory

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
1325 J Street, Suite 1800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-0694 / (877) 345-4633


Panorea Avdis
Chief Deputy Director

Amalia Carlos
Executive Assistant


Brook Taylor
Deputy Director

California Business Investment Services (CalBIS)

Leslie McBride
Deputy Director

Jason Rancadore
Assistant Deputy Director

Diane Banchero
Senior Business Development Specialist

Emily Jarrett
Senior Business Development Specialist

Jeff Malin
Senior Business Development Specialist (Los Angeles Area)

Sid Voorakkara
Senior Business Development Specialist (San Diego Area)

California Competes Tax Credit

Will Koch
Deputy Director

Scott Dosick
Assistant to the Deputy Director

Van Nguyen
California Competes Tax Credit Counsel

Bianca Sievers
California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

Amanda Silva
California Competes Tax Credit Program Technician ll

Permit Assistance

Tyson Eckerle
Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Project Manager

Shannan West
Senior Permit Assistance Specialist

Frank Ramirez
Senior Permit Assistance Specialist

Poonum Patel
Permit Specialist

Small Business

Jesse Torres
Deputy Director & Small Business Advocate

Janelle Green
Small Business Specialist

Lillian Conroe
Small Business Specialist (So Cal - Los Angeles)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Louis Stewart (iHubs)
Deputy Director

International Affairs and Business Development

Brian Peck
Deputy Director

Kyle Salwasser
International Investment Relations

External Affairs


Legislative and Inter-Governmental Affairs

Andrew Sturmfels
Deputy Director

Legal Affairs

Grace Arupo Rodriguez
Deputy Director

Administrative Support

Jenifer Henneke
Administrative Manager & Small Business/DVBE Advocate

Brandi Herlache
Personnel Analyst

Jon Green
Personnel Specialist

Virginia Gutierrez
Administrative Analyst

Jason Triano
Office Technician

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