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Advocacy & Government Affairs

Co-Chair: Alice Bisno (Automobile Club of Southern California)
Co-Chair: Lisa Haines (The Disneyland Resort)
Staff: Bryan Starr

The Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee provides public policy direction to OCBC’s Board of Directors and oversees the council’s state and federal legislative programs.

Meets bi-monthly.

Community College Working Group

Chair: Christine Peter (IOS, Inc.)
Staff: Alicia Berhow

The Community College Working Group Committee reviews and identifies strategic priorities for the county’s workforce development system, identifies grant opportunities for funding, and develops regional responses to funding opportunities that meet strategic priorities.

Meets monthly.

Economic Development Committee

Co-Chair: Chris Harrington (Toshiba America Information Systems)
Co-Chair: Juan Basombrio (Dorsey & Whitney)
Staff: Matt Petteruto

The Economic Development Committee works with cities, chambers and other community partners to take action on issues that advance business and ensure the region’s vibrant economy will continue to expand.

Meets bi-monthly.

Economic Forecast Conference Committee

Chair: Tom Phelps (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips)
Staff: Leslie Dods

The Economic Forecast Conference (EFC) Committee organizes and plans for the joint annual EFC held in October with Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College. The committee secures sponsors, speakers, and event management.

Meets monthly March to November.

Golf Committee

Chair: John Stratman (Kaiser Permanente)
Staff: Leslie Dods

The Golf Committee organizes the annual OCBC Executive Invitational Golf Tournament held each year in August. The committee generates revenue for OCBC and its education partners by securing sponsors and managing all details of the tournament.

Meets monthly March to September.

Health Care Committee

Chair: Maureen Hayes (Parsons)
Staff: Alicia Berhow

The Health Care Committee discusses and takes action on health care public policy issues. Meets as needed.

Infrastructure Committee

Chair: Les Card (LSA Associates)
Staff: Dr. Wallace Walrod

The Infrastructure Committee supports vital infrastructure projects critical to Orange County’s economic vitality and quality of life.

Meets monthly.

Latino Educational Attainment Group

Chair: Tamika Lang (The Boeing Company)
Staff: Alicia Berhow

The Latino Education Attainment Group develops programmatic activities of the Latino Education Attainment initiative in participating communities to inform constituents of educational opportunities for students K–12.

Meets monthly.

Legal Affairs Task Force

Chair: Jeff Reeves (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher)
Staff: Lucy Dunn

The Legal Affairs Committee reviews, discusses and takes action on legal positions and issues that have a direct impact on the business community.

Meets as needed.

Membership & Investor Relations Committee

Chair: Laura DeSoto (Experian)
Staff: Vicki Blaser

The Membership and Investor Relations Committee works to recruit, connect and maximize membership in OCBC.

Meets monthly.

Workforce Development Committee

Chair: Richard Porras (AT&T)
Staff: Alicia Berhow

The Workforce Development Committee advises the board of directors on workforce development issues and organizes an annual conference. They also develop legislative and regulatory policy recommendations.

Meets monthly.

Workforce Housing Committee

Chair: Shari Battle (Bank of America)
Staff: Dr. Wallace Walrod

The Workforce Housing Committee takes action on housing and other developmental issues that have a direct impact on the business community and the workforce in Orange County.

Meets bi-monthly.