Connecting Entrepreneurship and Economic Mobility in California

Entrepreneurship is the vital force behind the California Dream. The California Office of the Small Business Advocate Entrepreneurship & Economic Mobility Task Force (EEMTF) leads the Task Force in its mission to propel inclusive entrepreneurship through ongoing dialog about these three imperatives:

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

In October 2023, the Task Force hosted Entrepreneurship Reimagined, a design thinking symposium organized as part of the California Economic Summit.

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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

Matt Horton

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

Mihai Patru

Mike Daniel

Schenae Rourk

Steven Orihuela

Steven Orihuela

Traco Matthews

Vera Moore

Vernice Nellon

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