(Left to right, Max Oltersdorf, Emily Desai, Diana Dominguez, Maria Onorato, Bud Colligan)
Bud Colligan, Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Trade, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in March 2019 to oversee GO-Biz’s international activities. Colligan has a long career in international business, economic development, and tech management. He was previously co-Founder and co-Chairman of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership from 2014 to 2019. He was a partner at Accel Partners from 1998 to 2015 and Chief Executive Officer at Macromedia from 1989 to 1997. He held multiple positions at Apple from 1983 to 1988, including International Product Manager-Macintosh and Director of Higher Education Marketing. Colligan has a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Max Oltersdorf, Deputy Director for International Affairs and Trade, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in June 2019. Oltersdorf previously was a Co-Founder of Quiddity Group Inc, a start-up focused on streamlining the business sale process. Prior, Oltersdorf was appointed by President Barack Obama as Director of Private Sector Engagement at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the team within the White House that handles U.S. trade policy. Oltersdorf has a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Diana Dominguez, Special Advisor for International Affairs and Trade, joined the GO-Biz team in October 2015. She serves as the primary manager between GO-Biz and CDFA in overseeing the implementation of California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Prior, Diana oversaw International Special Projects at the California Centers for International Trade Development from 2008 to 2015. Diana has a BA in political science with an emphasis in international relations from the University of California, Davis.
Emily Desai, Special Advisor for International Affairs and Investment, joined the GO-Biz team in June 2019. She brings over ten years of experience from the public and private sectors. Most recently, she worked on international affairs and trade issues for the United States Congress as a Senior Project Manager at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She has a BS in Public Administration with honors from the University of Arizona and an MPP from U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
Maria Onorato, International Analyst, joined the GO-Biz team in May 2019. She has previous experience in investment consulting in San Francisco. She has a BA in International Relations focused on economic development from University of California, Davis and an MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy from Middlebury Institute in Monterey.