The GO-Biz Team

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth, economic development, and business assistance efforts.

We offer a range of no-cost consultation services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit assistance, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. Our teams are comprised of experts that span industries, geographies and business backgrounds who are happy to assist your economic development and job growth efforts.

Chris Dombrowski

Chief Deputy Director

Van Nguyen

Van Nguyen

Deputy Director, Legal Affairs

Maral Farsi

Maral Farsi

Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs

Frank Ramirez

Frank Ramirez

Manager, Goods Movement and Sustainable Freight

Nicole Elliott

Nicole Elliott

Senior Advisor, Cannabis

Julie Li

Julie Li

Executive Project Manager and Special Assistant to the Director

Business Development

Kaina Pereira

Kaina Pereira

Senior Advisor, Business Development and International Trade

Business Investment Services Unit

Poonum Patel

Poonum Patel

Assistant Deputy Director, Business Investment Services, Bay Area Region

Derek Kirk

Derek Kirk

Regional Business Development Specialist, Greater Sacramento and Central Sierra

Julie Herd

Julie Herd

Regional Business Development Specialist, Central Valley

María Hernández

María Hernández

Executive Fellow

Trelynd Bradley

Trelynd Bradley

Senior Business Development Specialist, Greater Los Angeles Region

Jill Harris

Jill Drinkwater

Regional Business Development Specialist, North State

Nikki Soltis

Nikki Soltis

Business Development Analyst

Bianca Gentil

Bianca Gentil

CCST Science Fellow

Sam Nejabat

Sam Nejabat

Senior Business Development Specialist, San Diego & Imperial Regions

Matthew Mena

Matthew Mena

Regional Business Development Specialist, Inland Empire

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Kate Uyeda

Business Development Analyst

Office of Permit Assistance

Manjeet McCarthy

Manjeet McCarthy

Senior Permit Specialist – Northern California Region

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Lillian Conroe

Senior Permit Specialist – Southern California Region

California Competes Tax Credit

Scott-Dosick

Scott Dosick

Deputy Director

Ted Knapp

Ted Knapp

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

Jee Liyanage

Jee Liyanage

Assistant Deputy Director

Dan Kerbs

Dan Krebs

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

Jonathan Sievers

Jonathan Sievers

California Competes Tax Credit Specialist

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Brandon Lowe

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

Community and Local Equity Grants Unit

Will Koch

William Koch

Deputy Director

Belinda Vanzant-Perez

Belinda VanZant-Perez

Grant Analyst

Fiona Lavelle

Fiona Lavelle

Grant Analyst

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Kathryn Runstadler

Staff Grant Analyst

Dahir Nasser

Dahir Nasser

Assistant Deputy Director

Alejandro Raygoza

Alejandro Raygoza

Grant Analyst

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Michael Guss

Grant Analyst

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Carlos Barron

Grant Assistant

Cara Rothenbaum

Cara Rothenbaum

Grant Analyst

Conrad Crump

Conrad Crump

Grant Analyst

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Anna Greenberg

Grant Analyst

International Affairs and Trade

Emily Desai

Deputy Director of International Affairs and Trade

Maria Onorato

Foreign Direct Investment Specialist

Henan Li

Henan Li

California Trade and Investment Representative – Asia

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Nancy Alatorre

Business Development Program Analyst

Diana Dominguez

Special Advisor for International Affairs and Trade

Office of Small Business Advocate

Tara Lynn Gray

Tara Lynn Gray

Director

Leticia Corona

Leticia Corona

Central California Regional Lead Advisor

jean coleman

Jean Coleman

Program Manager

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Radmand

Acting Deputy Director and Northern Regional Advisor

Joy Nordby

Joy Nordby

Small Business Program Analyst

chris earl

Chris Earl

Southern California Regional Advisor

Amber Butler

Amber Butler

Small Business Analyst

Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)

Tyson Eckerle

Tyson Eckerle

Deputy Director

Kielan Rathjen

Kielan Rathjen

Special Advisor

Gia Vacin

Gia Brazil Vacin

Assistant Deputy Director

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Michael Kashuba

Infrastructure Specialist

Hannah Goldsmith

Hannah Goldsmith

Lead Advisor

Auzzie Sheard IV

Executive Fellow