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Small Business Commission

The County Board of Supervisors appointed Small Business Commissioners to serve in each of the five Supervisorial Districts. The Commission provides ongoing advice and support to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to help businesses grow and do business with Los Angeles County.

ROSE ACOSTA YONAI Alternate Commissioner

Commissioner Acosta-Yonai was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda Solis. Yonai is CEO and Principal of Tierra West Advisors, Inc., a licensed full service real estate and financial advisory firm; providing cities, public agencies and private entities with economic development strategies. Tierra West is a certified, small, women owned business and has been located in Boyle Heights/Los Angeles since 2008. Yonai graduated from Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles and has served on several boards including the LMU/Latino Alumni Association, whose mission is to promote the education of Latino students through scholarship support. Additionally, she has also established her own scholarship fund through LMU for local inner city youth who attend the University.

CINDY ALLEN Commissioner

Commissioner Allen was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

DIANE ARAUJO Commissioner

Commissioner Araujo was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Araujo holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of California, Irvine and UCLA, a Master’s of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cal State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Araujo has over thirty years’ experience in the areas of business, community development, teaching and education administration. She is the former Executive Director of the Latin Business Association (LBA) and Principal of Pasillas & Associates Consultants (PAC) 1991-2015. Currently Araujo is Managing Member of a real estate investment company with holdings primarily in California.

SHARON E. BROWN Commissioner

Commissioner Brown was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Brown is the President of ICDC Publishing, Inc. a certified small, minority, woman-owned publishing company based in Woodland Hills. Sharon earned a BA degree from the University of Southern California, Graduate Certificates in publishing and paralegal studies from the University of California Berkeley, and a JD degree from Howard University School of Law. She sits on the board of the Greater Valley Black Business Association as Chairman; B2BConnectR XΔ as President; and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce as a Director.

ANN CARPENTER Commissioner

Commissioner Carpenter was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

KERRY DOI Commissioner

Commissioner Doi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Mr. Doi is one of the founders of Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), a 501(C)3 non-profit community development corporation (CDC) that was founded in 1976. He has been the executive director and president of PACE for the last 39 years. Mr. Doi is an active member of the Board of Directors of a California statewide community development association, California Community & Economic Development Association (CCEDA) and chaired a national Asian Pacific Island community development association, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (NaCAPACD).

JOZEF ESSAVI Commissioner

Commissioner Essavi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Essavi is a small business owner and currently works in the fields of financial and real estate services and serves as private trustee. Essavi served on the Los Angeles County Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission, which merged with Alcohol Commission. He now serves as Commissioner on Alcohol and other Drugs Commission. Essavi and his family emigrated to the United States as Assyrian Christian Religious Refugees from Iran during 1980s. He previously served as Assistant Chaplin to our Juvenile Halls and has been involved in numerous private and public efforts to help youth stay away from addiction to drugs and alcohol, mainly through faith and responsibility building programs.

TODD FLORA Commissioner

Commissioner Flora was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. 

ANGELA GIBSON Commissioner

Commissioner Gibson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 2017.  Gibson is a public affairs veteran with more than 35 years of experience in small business outreach, and community engagement. Gibson has received honors from the National Congress of Black Women, 94.7 The Wave, GLAAACC, National Action Network LA, LA Focus, Our Authors Study Club, Recycling Black Dollars, The Black Business Association, LA Focus, The National Association of University Women, and the Women in NAACP, among others. Gibson currently serves as president of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce.

GENE HALE Commissioner

Commissioner Hale was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Hale is the CEO of G&C Equipment Corporation and President of Gence Corporation and G&C Consulting Services. Hale was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Export Council. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush President’s Board of Advisors on Historical Black Colleges. Governor Brown appointed Hale to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. Hale serves on the board of the Southern California Leadership Council; he is Chairman of The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Gardena Police Foundation. Hale earned his Business Administration degree from California State University-Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles.

TYRONE HAMPTON Commissioner

Commissioner Hampton was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Mr. Hampton owns Pasadena Construction and Interiors, a full service, one-stop construction, maintenance, and interior decorating company. Mr. Hampton, who is legally blind, serves as Director of the Northern La County Black Business Association, President of Eye Dreams Inc. 501 © 3, member of Sons of the American Legion, Community Advisory Board Member of Los Angeles Battalion. He is a founding member and past president of the Black Business Association and the Minority Contractors’ Association.

R. CHRISTINE HERSHEY Commissioner

Commissioner Hershey was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Hershey is president and founder of Hershey Cause Communications. She was a founding member of ANGLE (Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality), a political action committee which spotlights gay and lesbian issues. Her first book, the Communications Toolkit, was published in 2005. Chris also co-authored “2-Minute Answer Guide for Nonprofits,” with The Center for Nonprofit Management. Honored as 2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a founding member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, serves on the boards of The R. Scott Hitt Foundation, Southern California Grantmakers, and on national boards of RaiseAChild Foundation and PetSmart Charities. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County “Arts for All” Executive Committee.

FREIDA HOVSEPIAN Commissioner

Commissioner Hovsepian was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 

KY CHUEON KIM Alternate Commissioner

Commissioner Kim was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. Kim has decades of experience in investment banking and education, particularly with the Korean community and his native South Korea. Kim is president of the U.S. Procurement Institute in Los Angeles. Kim is Honorary President and a former President of the Korean American Commissioners Association. Kim, who has a Ph.D in Business Administration from Graduate School of The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ONNIK MEHRABIAN Alternate Commissioner

Commissioner Mehrabian was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich in 2015.

LISA MILLER Commissioner

Commissioner Miller was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Miller is a civil litigator in California and New York, focusing on business litigation and representation of individuals, both plaintiff and defense sides. Miller is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and chair of its Standing Sub-Committee on Ethics and Technology. Miller is a temporary judge with the Los Angeles Superior Court and a hearing examiner with the Los Angeles Police Department. She is a trustee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

LUCIA MORENO LINARES Commissioner

Commissioner Moreno Linares was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

W. STEVEN TEMPLE Commissioner

Commissioner Temple was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Mr. Temple is the founder and Chief Financial Officer of Business Affairs Management Inc. (BAM), a business management firm that provides financial management services to individuals, businesses, enterprises, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Temple was a Panelist Speaker on the Goldman Sachs LACC 10,000 Small Business Program and has been awarded a “Board Executive Leadership Certificate” by the African American Board Leadership Institute. He has been a business management panelist on several entertainment industry festivals.

MARK J. ROBERTSON Commissioner

Commissioner Robertson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Robertson is President/CEO of Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution which provides financial and educational assistance to Los Angeles County small businesses. Robertson previously spent 17 years in banking. PCR administers four small business loan programs and operates as a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Robertson is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

ANDREW RODRIGUEZ Commissioner

Commissioner Rodriguez was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. 

ANNA S. WU Commissioner

Commissioner Wu was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. She has a B.A. in Business from California State University, Fullerton. Wu is a former White House Intern for the office of Media Affairs. She has worked for NBC Universal Studios, South Coast Air Quality Management District, City of Pasadena, Bank of America Mortgage, and Wells Fargo. July 2016, Anna Wu was named a finalist for the 2016 Asian Business Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal. Wu is the president and Founder of Wu & Associates, a small, minority, woman-owned, Intellectual property and Business Consulting firm headquartered in Diamond Bar, CA.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS Commissioner

Commissioner Williams was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 

ROSE ACOSTA YONAI Alternate Commissioner

Commissioner Yonai was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. 

CINDY ALLEN Commissioner

Commissioner Allen was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

DIANE ARAUJO Commissioner

Commissioner Araujo was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. 

SHARON E. BROWN Commissioner

Commissioner Brown was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Brown is the President of ICDC Publishing, Inc. a certified small, minority, woman-owned publishing company based in Woodland Hills. Sharon earned a BA degree from the University of Southern California, Graduate Certificates in publishing and paralegal studies from the University of California Berkeley, and a JD degree from Howard University School of Law. She sits on the board of the Greater Valley Black Business Association as Chairman; B2BConnectR XΔ as President; and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce as a Director.

ANN CARPENTER Commissioner

Commissioner Carpenter was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

KERRY DOI Commissioner

Commissioner Doi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Mr. Doi is one of the founders of Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), a 501(C)3 non-profit community development corporation (CDC) that was founded in 1976. He has been the executive director and president of PACE for the last 39 years. Mr. Doi is an active member of the Board of Directors of a California statewide community development association, California Community & Economic Development Association (CCEDA) and chaired a national Asian Pacific Island community development association, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (NaCAPACD).

JOZEF ESSAVI Commissioner

Commissioner Essavi was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Essavi is a small business owner and currently works in the fields of financial and real estate services and serves as private trustee. Essavi served on the Los Angeles County Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission, which merged with Alcohol Commission. He now serves as Commissioner on Alcohol and other Drugs Commission. Essavi and his family emigrated to the United States as Assyrian Christian Religious Refugees from Iran during 1980s. He previously served as Assistant Chaplin to our Juvenile Halls and has been involved in numerous private and public efforts to help youth stay away from addiction to drugs and alcohol, mainly through faith and responsibility building programs.

TODD FLORA Commissioner

Commissioner Flora was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

ANGELA GIBSON Commissioner

Commissioner Gibson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 2017.

GENE HALE Commissioner

Commissioner Hale was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Hale is the CEO of G&C Equipment Corporation and President of Gence Corporation and G&C Consulting Services. Hale was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Export Council. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush President’s Board of Advisors on Historical Black Colleges. Governor Brown appointed Hale to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. Hale serves on the board of the Southern California Leadership Council; he is Chairman of The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Gardena Police Foundation. Hale earned his Business Administration degree from California State University-Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles.

TYRONE HAMPTON Commissioner

Commissioner Hampton was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Mr. Hampton owns Pasadena Construction and Interiors, a full service, one-stop construction, maintenance, and interior decorating company. Mr. Hampton, who is legally blind, serves as Director of the Northern La County Black Business Association, President of Eye Dreams Inc. 501 © 3, member of Sons of the American Legion, Community Advisory Board Member of Los Angeles Battalion. He is a founding member and past president of the Black Business Association and the Minority Contractors’ Association.

R. CHRISTINE HERSHEY Commissioner

Commissioner Hershey was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Hershey is president and founder of Hershey Cause Communications. She was a founding member of ANGLE (Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality), a political action committee which spotlights gay and lesbian issues. Her first book, the Communications Toolkit, was published in 2005. Chris also co-authored “2-Minute Answer Guide for Nonprofits,” with The Center for Nonprofit Management. Honored as 2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a founding member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, serves on the boards of The R. Scott Hitt Foundation, Southern California Grantmakers, and on national boards of RaiseAChild Foundation and PetSmart Charities. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County “Arts for All” Executive Committee.

FREIDA HOVSEPIAN Commissioner

Commissioner Hovsepian was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 

KY CHUEON KIM Alternate Commissioner

Commissioner Kim was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. Kim has decades of experience in investment banking and education, particularly with the Korean community and his native South Korea. Kim is president of the U.S. Procurement Institute in Los Angeles. Kim is Honorary President and a former President of the Korean American Commissioners Association. Kim, who has a Ph.D in Business Administration from Graduate School of The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ONNIK MEHRABIAN Alternate Commissioner

Commissioner Mehrabian was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Michael Antonovich in 2015.

LISA MILLER Commissioner

Commissioner Miller was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Miller is a civil litigator in California and New York, focusing on business litigation and representation of individuals, both plaintiff and defense sides. Miller is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and chair of its Standing Sub-Committee on Ethics and Technology. Miller is a temporary judge with the Los Angeles Superior Court and a hearing examiner with the Los Angeles Police Department. She is a trustee of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

LUCIA MORENO LINARES Commissioner

Commissioner Linares was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

DENIS QUINONEZ Commissioner

Commissioner Quinonez was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis in 2015.

MARK J. ROBERTSON Commissioner

Commissioner Robertson was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Robertson is President/CEO of Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution which provides financial and educational assistance to Los Angeles County small businesses. Robertson previously spent 17 years in banking. PCR administers four small business loan programs and operates as a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Robertson is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

ANDREW RODRIGUEZ Commissioner

Commissioner Rodriguez was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis.

W. STEVEN TEMPLE Commissioner

Commissioner Temple was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Mr. Temple is the founder and Chief Financial Officer of Business Affairs Management Inc. (BAM), a business management firm that provides financial management services to individuals, businesses, enterprises, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Temple was a Panelist Speaker on the Goldman Sachs LACC 10,000 Small Business Program and has been awarded a “Board Executive Leadership Certificate” by the African American Board Leadership Institute. He has been a business management panelist on several entertainment industry festivals.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS Commissioner

Commissioner Williams was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 

ANNA S. WU Commissioner

Commissioner Wu was appointed to the Small Business Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

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