Council of Business Sponsors

In 2017, CVCF formed its Council of Business Sponsors, a cohort of corporate philanthropic partners and thought leaders tasked with providing insight, strategic connections, and innovative solutions to help advance CVCF’s work on systemic challenges impacting the region.

Working together with the board and staff of CVCF, Council members activate their networks, meet with community partners to learn about the challenges they face, and advise CVCF on how to establish equitable, long-term solutions to lift up our community, particularly in the areas of job creation, small business development, education, and workforce development, and increasing affordable housing in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

The CVCF Council of Business Sponsors is an important connection point between the Central San Joaquin Valley and state economic development officials, with Governor Newsom’s chief economic and business advisor, Lenny Mendonca, CA FWD CEO Micah Weinberg and the chair of the Governor’s Entrepreneurship Task Force, Dilawar Syed, serving as ad hoc members of the Council.

The members of the Council of Business Sponsors serve as critical partners in the strategic alignment of business, philanthropy, community, civic, and education leaders around job creation and workforce development initiatives. Membership funds supports the activities of the Council of Business Sponsors, as well as CVCF’s operations staff support, research, and project management related to this initiative.

For more information on how to become a member of the Council of Business Sponsors contact CVCF’s Director of External Affairs, Sarah Moffat, at sarah@centralvalleycf.org.

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Council of Business Sponsors

In 2017, CVCF formed its Council of Business Sponsors, a cohort of corporate philanthropic partners and thought leaders tasked with providing insight, strategic connections, and innovative solutions to help advance CVCF’s work on systemic challenges impacting the region.

Working together with the board and staff of CVCF, Council members activate their networks, meet with community partners to learn about the challenges they face, and advise CVCF on how to establish equitable, long-term solutions to lift up our community, particularly in the areas of job creation, small business development, education, and workforce development, and increasing affordable housing in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

The CVCF Council of Business Sponsors is an important connection point between the Central San Joaquin Valley and state economic development officials, with Governor Newsom’s chief economic and business advisor, Lenny Mendonca, CA FWD CEO Micah Weinberg and the chair of the Governor’s Entrepreneurship Task Force, Dilawar Syed, serving as ad hoc members of the Council.

The members of the Council of Business Sponsors serve as critical partners in the strategic alignment of business, philanthropy, community, civic, and education leaders around job creation and workforce development initiatives. Membership funds supports the activities of the Council of Business Sponsors, as well as CVCF’s operations staff support, research, and project management related to this initiative.

For more information on how to become a member of the Council of Business Sponsors contact CVCF’s Director of External Affairs, Sarah Moffat, at sarah@centralvalleycf.org.

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Next Meeting

Looking Forward: COVID-19 Inclusive Recovery and Beyond

This convening will focus on inclusive economic recovery. We will hear from state, regional and local leaders on their economic development efforts. This meeting will give CBS members an exclusive peek inside the efforts of the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, as well as Mayor-Elect Dyer’s priorities for the City of Fresno. We will also hear the results of research from The Urban Institute on the neighborhoods most economically impacted by COVID, which will help inform how we move forward with the Fresno DRIVE Initiative.

Presenters will include:

  • Chris Dombrowski – Acting Director of Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz)
  • Dilawar Syed – Chair of CA Entrepreneurship Task Force / Silicon Valley Economic Recovery & Resilience Council
  • Tina Stacy – Economist with Urban Institute
  • Jerry Dyer – Mayor-Elect for City of Fresno
  • Tommy Esqueda – San Joaquin Valley Blueprint
  • Geri Yang Johnson – VP and Community Relations Consultant at Wells Fargo

Click here to view the full agenda.

For more information on how to become a member of the Council of Business Sponsors contact CVCF’s Director of External Affairs, Sarah Moffat, at sarah@centralvalleycf.org.

Next Meeting

Looking Forward: COVID-19 Inclusive Recovery and Beyond

This convening will focus on inclusive economic recovery. We will hear from state, regional and local leaders on their economic development efforts. This meeting will give CBS members an exclusive peek inside the efforts of the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, as well as Mayor-Elect Dyer’s priorities for the City of Fresno. We will also hear the results of research from The Urban Institute on the neighborhoods most economically impacted by COVID, which will help inform how we move forward with the Fresno DRIVE Initiative.

Presenters will include:

  • Chris Dombrowski – Acting Director of Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz)
  • Dilawar Syed – Chair of CA Entrepreneurship Task Force / Silicon Valley Economic Recovery & Resilience Council
  • Tina Stacy – Economist with Urban Institute
  • Jerry Dyer – Mayor-Elect for City of Fresno
  • Tommy Esqueda – San Joaquin Valley Blueprint
  • Geri Yang Johnson – VP and Community Relations Consultant at Wells Fargo

Click here to view the full agenda.

For more information on how to become a member of the Council of Business Sponsors contact CVCF’s Director of External Affairs, Sarah Moffat, at sarah@centralvalleycf.org.

Ad Hoc Members

State

Lenny Mendonca
Former Chief Economic & Business Advisor for Governor Newsom

Micah Weinberg
Chief Executive Officer of Califonia Forward

Dilawar Syed
Chief Executive Officer of Lumiata/ Chair of the California Entrepreneurship Task Force

Isabel Guzman
Director of the California Office of Small Business Advocate

CVCF Board Participants

Rod Thornton, Chair

Craig Fourchy

Jolene Telles

Jim Maxwell

Brandon Esraelian

Regional

David Bacci
Regional Vice President of the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California

Tara Lynn Gray
Chief Executive Officer of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce

Cori Lucero
Executive Director of Policy and Community Engagement at the University of California, Merced

Tommy Esqueda
Vice President of Water and Sustainability at Fresno State

Will Oliver
Director of Business Services at the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation

Ian LeMay
Chief Executive Officer at California Fresh Fruit Association

Members