About KEDC

Kern Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to cultivate and promote Kern County’s boundless opportunities for business.

As we look to the future


Kern EDC’s vision is in advancing employment opportunities and economic well-being. We plan to build on the success of the past, continuing our efforts to position the Kern EDC at the forefront of the competition for job creation. With a strong and formidable team, composed of experienced economic development professionals, we will continue to develop and implement innovative strategies for the region’s emerging and established industry clusters.

Meet the Team


Richard Chapman

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(661) 862-5161

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Vice president of business development

Melinda Brown

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(661) 862-5058

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marketing & member relations manager

Sophia Gligorevic

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(661) 862-5156

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Christina Miller

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(661) 862-5162

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Joe Ashley

California Resources Corporation

Vice Chair

Dana Brennan

Grimmway Farms


Andy Stanley

Bank of America


Denise Newton

Pacific Gas & Electric Company


Zack Scrivner

County of Kern


Mike Maggard

County of Kern

Ex-Officio Member Chair, KEDF

Mark Wyatt

Bakersfield Adult School


Daren Alexander

A-C Electric

Nick Ambrosini 

 Valley Strong Credit Union

Mary Barlow

Kern County Superintedent of Schools

Tom Burke

Kern Community College District

Mayor Tilo Cortez

City of Wasco

Debra Daniels

Taft College

Bill Deaver

Mojave Air & Space Port

Beckie Diltz

PROforma Solutions for Printing

Rob Duchow

Southern California Gas Company

Bill Farris

Southern California Gas Company

Mary Beth Garrison

US Borax

Andrae Gonzales

Bakersfield City Council

Mayor Sally Gonzalez

City of McFarland

John Guinn

Wonderful Real Estate Development

Chris Hamilton

Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb and Kimball, LLP

Joe Hay

Jim Burke Ford Lincoln

Alison Hickman

Tangram Interiors

Teresa Hitchcock

Kern County Division of Economic & Workforce Development

David Howlett

Braun Electric

Ken Keller

Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospitals

Rick Kreiser

Carney’s Business Technology Center

Wayne Kress

Cushman & Wakefield/ Pacific Commercial Realty Advisors

Orchel Krier

Taft City Council

Chevelle Krinitt

Macpherson Energy

Jey Lacey

Southern California Edison

Megan Lopez


Hugh McMahon

Tejon Ranch Company

Sean McNally

Houchin Community Blood Bank

Mike Moore

Farm Credit West

David Morton

Sullivan Petroleum Company

Suzanne Noble

Western States Petroleum Association

Mark Novak

California State University, Bakersfield

Mayor Jeanie O’Laughlin

California City

Cindy Pollard

Aera Energy, LLC

Cathy Prout

Shafter City Council

Amy Roth

E&B Natural Resources

Tom Saba

Saba Agency

Geraud Smith

Valley Republic Bank

Derek Sprague

Bakersfield Association of REALTORS

Todd Suntrapak

Valley Children’s Healthcare

Scott Thayer

Castle & Cooke

Mayor Susan Wiggins

City of Tehachapi

Chris Wilson

S.C. Anderson

Daniel Wolcott

Adventist Health Bakersfield

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Kern Economic Development Corporation (Kern EDC) is a public-private partnership that brings together private businesses, education, elected officials, and non-profit organizations for the purpose of a single goal: creating a strong and diverse economy for Kern County. Kern EDC promotes the region to businesses looking for areas to expand, and works with existing local businesses to ensure they have what they need to thrive and grow here in Kern County.

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Kern Economic Development Corporation
2700 M Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301


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