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.

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Maral Farsi

Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs

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Kaitlin Lewis

Assistant Deputy Director, Communications

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Aneesh Raman

Senior Advisor on Strategy and External Affairs

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Frank Ramirez

Manager, Goods Movement and Sustainable Freight

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Nicole Elliott

Senior Advisor, Cannabis

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Van Nguyen

Deputy Director, Legal Affairs

Business Development and International Trade

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Kaina Pereira

Senior Advisor, Business Development and International Trade

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Carlos Valderrama

California Trade and Investment Representative – Americas

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Diana Dominguez

Special Advisor for International Affairs and Trade

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Marie Davis

Senior Business Development Specialist

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Max Oltersdorf

Deputy Director, International Affairs and Trade

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Henan Li

California Trade and Investment Representative – Asia

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Maria Onorato

Foreign Direct Investment Specialist

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Trelynd Bradley

Senior Business Development Specialist

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Poonum Patel

Assistant Deputy Director, Business Investment Services

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Emily Desai

California Trade and Investment Representative – Europe, MEA, India

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Manjeet McCarthy

Senior Permit Specialist/Business Development Specialist

California Competes Tax Credit

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Scott Dosick

Deputy Director

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Jee Liyanage

California Competes Tax Credit Specialist

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Crystal Martinez

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

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Dan Krebs

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

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Brandon Lowe

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

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Ted Knapp

California Competes Tax Credit Analyst

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Jonathan Sievers

California Competes Tax Credit Specialist

Community and Local Equity Grants Unit

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William Koch

Deputy Director

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Belinda VanZant-Perez

Grant Analyst

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Conrad Crump

Grant Analyst

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Dahir Nasser

Assistant Deputy Director

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Alejandro Raygoza

Grant Analyst

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Fiona Lavelle

Grant Analyst

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Cara Rothenbaum

Grant Analyst

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Fatima Malik

Grant Analyst

Office of Small Business Advocate

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Isabel Guzman

Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate

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Lillian Conroe

Small Business Specialist (Southern California)

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Esther Morales

Deputy Director

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Amber Butler

Small Business Analyst

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Michelle Radmand

Small Business Program Manager

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Joy Nordby-Manzo

Assistant to the Director

Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)

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Tyson Eckerle

Deputy Director

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Kielan Rathjen

Special Advisor

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Gia Brazil Vacin

Program Manager

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Michael Kashuba

Infrastructure Specialist

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Hannah Goldsmith

Lead Advisor

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Patrick Toppin

Executive Fellow