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Who Is Involved?

Each of the group members were selected to reflect the demographics, geography, and various industries of our diverse community.

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Leadership Council

100+ leaders representing the community & areas of expertise.

Partner Organizations

Early supporters include the following organizations:

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Executive Committee

Our 30 Executive Committee members are key private, public and civic leaders, representing geographic, demographic and sectors of our community. They work with the Backbone team to co-design the initiation and execution of the planning processes; engage diverse stakeholders; provide structure, guidance, and substantive expertise throughout the strategy creation process; provide regular feedback and direction; serve as a neutral interest to help resolve issues; and who are expected to make commitments toward an investment agenda and business plan execution.

Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Modesto Junior College

Anthony Cannella, Northstar Engineering Group

Chris Courtney, Oak Valley Community Bank

Kathryn Davis, Valley First Credit Union

Seana Day, Better Food Ventures

Joe Duran, Stanislaus Equity Partners

Andy Foster, Aemetis, Inc.

Doris Foster, County Workforce Development

Michael Frantz, Frantz Nursery

Johnny Garcia, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Nelson Gomez, South Modesto Businesses United

Mani Grewal, Stanislaus County

Jody Hayes, Stanislaus County

Ken Irwin, City of Patterson

Marie Joiner, Luxury Limousine

Ellen Junn, Stanislaus State University

Marian Kaanon, Stanislaus Community Foundation

Scott Kuykendall, Stanislaus County Office of Education

Michelle Lewis, E&J Gallo Winery

Juan Munoz, UC Merced

Chichi Nnodim-Jack, SCOE Board of Trustees

Kristin Olsen, California Strategies

Dillon Olvera, Beard Land and Investment Co.

Evan Porges, Porges Properties

Michelle Reimers, Turlock Irrigation District

Tina Rocha, Stanislaus County

Tim Robertson, North Valley Labor Federation

Yamilet Valladolid, Golden Valley Health Centers

David White, Opportunity Stanislaus

Bryan Whitemyer, City of Oakdale

Terry Withrow, Stanislaus County

Backbone Team

The Backbone Team is a partnership between Stanislaus County and Stanislaus Community Foundation, including key staff and consultants who lead the efforts to execute the project work plan. The team provides support including project management, research & analysis, community engagement, marketing & communications, and stakeholder management. The advisors and consultants bring local and national expertise to the project in the areas of project management and facilitation, economic research & analysis, community engagement, stakeholder management and marketing & communications.

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