Connecting Entrepreneurship and Economic Mobility in California

Entrepreneurship is the vital force behind the California Dream. The Californian appetite for risk and capacity for innovation are competitive advantages that have built the fifth biggest economy in the world.

The mission of the 2022 Entrepreneurship & Economic Mobility Task Force (EEMTF) is to propel inclusive entrepreneurship by recommending policies and programs to ensure that all California small businesses have access to the resources they need to grow and scale.

The Task Force is supported by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate and serves as a bridge to SMBs to help California maintain its entrepreneurial and innovation leadership.

Task Force leadership and members will be engaging in a historic conversation on three primary goals to help California maintain its global leadership:

• Democratizing Access to Capital
• Diversifying the Innovation Economy
• Driving Economic Mobility through Entrepreneurship

 Current Task Force Leadership & Members

Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca


Tara Lynn Gray

Tara Lynn Gray

Director (CalOSBA)

Maria S Salinas

Maria S. Salinas

Vice Chair

Gurinder S. Ahluwalia

Gurinder S. Ahluwalia

Vice Chair


Allison Kelly

Brett Melone

Carolina Martinez

Danetta Jackson

David Fazio

Debra Gore-Mann

Drew Simpson

Eric Hiatt

Erin Kilmer-Neel

Geri Yang-Johnson

Gurbax Sahota

Jason Paguio

Jay King

Jesus Martinez

Jill Osur

Jim Roberts

Josaline Cuesta

Julie Baker

Kristin York

Lauren Keane

Lauren Keane

Lorraine Salazar

Maria Kim

Matthew Cauthron

Vivienne Ming

Matt Horton

Mihai Patru

Mike Daniel

Schenae Rourk

Steven Orihuela

Steven Orihuela

Traco Matthews

Vera Moore

Vernice Nellon

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