Mar 03 2023


“Invest in OC Economic Development” honorees named

IRVINE, CA (March 3, 2023) — The Orange County Business Council (OCBC) installed its 2023 Board of Directors at its annual dinner on March 2 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Over 600 Orange County business and community leaders were on hand to recognize the contributions of outgoing 2022 Board Chair Dave Bartlett of Brookfield Properties and to welcome incoming 2023 Board Chair Jodi Duva of Cox Business.

                The evening also recognized Orange County organizations investing in the economic development of the nation’s sixth largest county. Honorees of the “Invest in OC Economic Development” award included City of Hope Orange County for its Lennar Foundation Cancer Center currently under construction, Dana Point Harbor’s revitalization project, FivePoint for its Great Park Neighborhoods, ocV!BE, a mixed-use master-planned community and entertainment destination in Anaheim, Related California for its new development in Santa Ana featuring retail, residential and senior living and hotel rooms across from South Coast Plaza, and UCI Health for its new hospital under construction on the university’s campus in Irvine. The Honorable Young Kim U.S. Representative (CA-40) opened the evening with the flag salute followed by Concordia University Irvine President Michael Thomas giving the invocation. The evening also marked the release of Orange County Business Council’s 2023 annual report.

                OCBC board members represent a broad sector of industries from biomedical, construction, education, financial services, health care, manufacturing, municipalities, nonprofit, real estate, technology, tourism, transportation and utilities. New board members installed and current board members taking new positions include: 

  • Chair, Board of Directors: Jodi Duva, Vice President, Cox Business, California
  • Chair Elect: Kevin Haboian, Chief Business Development Officer, Senior Vice President, HNTB Corporation
  • Treasurer: Rebecca Hall, APR, President and CEO, Idea Hall
  • Immediate Past Chair: Dave Bartlett, Vice President, Land Entitlement and Housing Development, Brookfield Properties Development
  • Julianna Barnes, Ed.D, Chancellor, South Orange County Community College District
  • Loreen Driscoll, Interim CEO, Providence Southern California
  • Jill Dunn, Lead Corporate Affairs Advisor, Chevron Products Company
  • Ricardo Lorenzana, Dean, School of Extended Education, University of Massachusetts Global
  • Steven Oh, Sr. Vice President, Development, Related California
  • Manishi Parikh, Region Bank President, Orange County Region, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Brenda Rose, Region Manager, Middle Market Banking, OC, IE, JP MorganChase
  • Payman Roshan, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
  • Cedric Williams, Chief Safety Officer, Southern California Gas Company

Continuing board members include:

  • President, CEO and Secretary: Jeff Ball, President and Chief Executive Officer, Orange County Business Council
  • Michael Balsamo, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Rancho Mission Viejo
  • Juan Basombrio, Esq., Partner and Chair, International Group, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
  • Shari Battle, Senior Vice President, Market Executive Orange County, Bank of America
  • Robert Bein, Special Representative Psomas
  • Nina Boyd, Deputy Superintendent, Operations, Government and Community Partnerships, Orange County Department of Education
  • Brian Calle, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, Irvine Weekly, LA Weekly and the Village Voice
  • Cathy Capaldi, Sr. Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, MemorialCare Health System
  • Les Card, Principal, LSA Associates, Inc.
  • Larry Chung, Vice President, Local Public Affairs, Southern California Edison
  • Lisa Haines, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Disneyland Resort
  • Ron Hasse, President and Publisher, Southern California News Group and The Orange County Register
  • John Heffernan, External Affairs, AT&T
  • Joseph C. Hensley, Orange County Market Leader, U.S. Bank
  • Brian Hervey, CFRE, CGPP, Vice Chancellor, University Advancement and Alumni Relations, President UCI Foundation, University of California, Irvine
  • Susan Hori, Esq., Partner, Land Use, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP
  • Michael Hunn, Chief Executive Officer, CalOptima
  • Jena Jensen, VP, Chief Advocacy & Public Policy Officer, CHOC
  • Darrell Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Orange County Transportation Authority
  • Don Kennedy, Senior Vice President National Agency, First American Title Company
  • Diana Kot, Vice President, Membership Development and Advocacy, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
  • Dave LeCause, General Manager, Anterior Segment, U.S. Eye Care, Allergan, an AbbVie Company
  • Abigail Lovell, Chief Sustainability Officer, Experian, North America
  • Kurt MacNeil, Director, Building & Systems Engineering, West Region, United Parcel Service, South California District
  • Robert (RJ) Mayer, Jr., Chairman and Chief Operation Officer, The Mayer Corporation
  • Felipe Monroig, Senior Director, State Government Affairs, Charter Communications
  • Annette Morgan, MBA, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Hope Orange County
  • Eric Morgan, Vice President, Community Affairs, FivePoint Holdings, LLC
  • Robbin Narike Preciado, Regional President and Managing Director, Community Banking, Union Bank
  • David A. Robinson, Esq., Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Benjamin Rubin, Esq., Partner, Land Use and Environmental, Nossaman LLP
  • Greg Saks, Vice President, University Advancement and Executive Director, CSUF Philanthropic Foundation, California State University, Fullerton
  • William Shopoff, President and CEO, Shopoff Realty Investments, L.P.
  • Kathy Sieck, Esq., Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Daniele Struppa, Ph.D., President, Chapman University
  • Nicole Suydam, President and Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill of Orange County
  • Mark Taylor, Director, National Strategy and Engagement California, The Boeing Company
  • Michael A. Thomas, Ph.D., President, Concordia University Irvine
  • David Warner, Vice President, Southern California District Leader, WSP, USA
  • Anthony C. Williams, J.D., Director, Public Policy, Amazon

The 2023 annual dinner and installation of the board of directors was made possible by title sponsor Farmers & Merchants Bank and VIP reception sponsor Amazon.


About Orange County Business Council
For over 25 years, Orange County Business Council (OCBC) has been representing and promoting the region’s business community together with government and academia to enhance the economic development of the nation’s sixth largest county, Orange County. The Council’s initiatives include advocating for adequate investment in regional and statewide infrastructure, education development that leads to a competitive workforce, advocating for a supply and range of housing, and developing pro-business solutions that lead to economic growth. Member organizations include businesses and local organizations representing a diverse cross section of industries including biomedical, construction, education, financial services, health care, manufacturing, municipalities, nonprofit, real estate, technology, tourism, transportation, real estate and utilities. For more information, visit

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Lizz Mishreki, APR

Vice President of Communications

Orange County Business Council


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