Prior to his appointment as president and CEO of the SGV Economic Partnership in May 2016, Jeff Allred served as the city manager of Rosemead for seven years. As city manager, he oversaw an aggressive building program, completing a new civic center downtown plaza and two state-of-the-art aquatic centers without tax increases or new assessments on residents or businesses. Economic development was a key priority during Mr. Allred’s tenure as city manager, with substantial new businesses opening in Rosemead along with major infrastructure and aesthetic improvements.
Prior to joining Rosemead, Mr. Allred spent five years as the city manager of Norco in Riverside County. He has had a long and distinguished career in local government in the San Gabriel Valley, previously serving in key administrative roles with the cities of La Verne, Downey, El Monte, and West Covina. He served as president of the San Gabriel Valley City Managers Association in 2013-14 and as a member of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments City Managers Steering Committee.
Mr. Allred has also taught strategic planning and management courses as an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne, where he currently serves as a member of the MPA Advisory Board. Jeff Allred graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude from the University of La Verne in 1978 and received his MPA from California State University, Los Angeles in 1986. He lives in La Verne with his wife Karen. They are the parents of five children and 15 grandchildren.
Brad Jensen oversees political advocacy for the Partnership and serves as the liaison with local elected officials in the California State Legislature, United States Congress, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. He also represents the Partnership with regional business organizations and political coalitions.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Brad was a Research Associate at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College where he worked on polling research and economic impact analysis, including the annual Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey, a national survey of business taxes and fees in cities across the country. He also has served as administrative analyst for the City of Norco and was an Assistant to the Majority Staff for the Arizona House of Representatives, where he wrote speeches and op-eds for legislators. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Russian from Brigham Young University and has a master’s degree in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.
Regina Wang oversees all external and internal marketing efforts for the Partnership. As the director of marketing and communications, she is responsible for strategically promoting the San Gabriel Valley as well as the Partnership.
As a digital storyteller and journalist, Regina is passionate about communicating stories to create understanding. Her strengths include creating brand awareness and recognition through strategic multimedia storytelling. Her work has appeared on TIME.com as well as newspapers in California, Missouri and North Carolina. She is also bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Regina was the marketing director of Ontario Christian Schools, where she was responsible for enrollment/retention, fundraising, website/social media management, and marketing campaigns. She holds a dual bachelor's degree in sociology and East Asian studies from the University of California, Davis, and has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Annie Wei is responsible for developing relationships with SGV businesses and assisting businesses in finding the resources they need to be successful. She is also responsible for communicating the advantages of locating a business in the San Gabriel Valley and assisting with efforts to attract new businesses.
Annie speaks both English and Mandarin and has spent many years helping Chinese Americans and immigrants find the resources necessary to be successful in the U.S. A small business owner in the San Gabriel Valley for over ten years, Annie has excellent relationships with many business leaders and government officials both in the U.S. and China, including experience hosting Chinese delegations visiting Los Angeles.
Dr. Michelle Yanez serves as the liaison between businesses and educational institutions. Michelle works under the AMETLL Grant (Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology and Linked Learning) on behalf of Pasadena City College (PCC) to arrange business speakers for the classroom, business site visits for students and teachers, and internships/job shadowing for college and high school students with the goal of providing students with real life work experience and using industry feedback to better align classroom curriculum with industry needs.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Dr. Yanez worked as the Business and Partnership Developer for Los Angeles City College. In 2001, Dr. Yanez was elected to the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. During her term, Dr. Yanez worked as the San Gabriel Valley Regional Representative for the League of California Cities, working closely with city officials to advocate for the protection of city resources. Dr. Yanez also served as the Executive director of the East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1998.
Dr. Yanez has a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from CSULB. She also earned a Masters of Public Administration from USC and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from CSULA. She currently sits on the Board of Regents for the Southern California University of Health Sciences and the Skills Organization.
Christina Garcia serves the Partnership as the Executive Assistant / Office Manager. Her primary responsibilities are all things related to the administrative assistance of the staff, meetings, event planning and overall support and maintenance to the office in general.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Christina worked for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a non-profit organization for nine consecutive years. Working as the Executive Office Assistant and also as a Membership Services Assistant at the Tournament, Christina learned about the rich history of some of the major events that take place in the San Gabriel Valley. Christina is a Pasadena resident, fluent in Spanish and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Employed by the LAEDC and assigned to the San Gabriel Valley
Bob Machuca has over 15 years of experience at the LAEDC, both at the headquarter level and in the field, coordinating numerous business attraction, retention and expansion efforts to sustain companies and the jobs they provide within Los Angeles County. As a Senior Regional Manager for the San Gabriel Valley, he provides free assistance services to businesses in the San Gabriel Valley’s 30 cities and is often tapped for his extensive experience on high-level projects. Bob has also been involved in special projects with other organizations, such as AQMD, LA County Dept. of Public Works, LA County Public Health, working on regulations to be more “business-friendly” to the general business community.
Prior to joining the LAEDC, Bob worked for IBM for 16 years gaining valuable markeing and sales experience working with both large, medium, and small companies. After IBM, he worked for a small a high-tech company in the field of metrology (the science of measurements with applications in high-tech industry clusters). The experience working for a small high-tech company has given Bob first-hand insights and passion into what issues and challenges that small businesses have to deal with in the area of sustaining and growing their business. He holds a bachelor’s in Business and Economics from Whittier College.
Angelica Campa is a recent college grad from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting and a concentration in Management Information Systems. She enjoys coding, acting and reading in her spare time.
She joined the partnership to help the San Gabriel Valley where she had grown up. She serves the partnership as the accounts specialist and all areas considering the information technology for the organization.