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

Van Nguyen

California Competes Tax Credit Counsel

Scott Dosick

California Competes Tax Credit Specialist

Ryan Roebuck

California Competes Tax Credit Specialist

Bianca Sievers

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

Alisa Melendez-Collier

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

Abby Browning

Int’l Policy, Programs & Partnerships

Kyle Salwasser

International Investment Relations

External Affairs

Jorge Jaramillo

Deputy Director

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

Virginia Gutierrez

Administrative Analyst

Jason Triano

Office Technician

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