Sean Alley, Ph.D., JD
Faculty, Economics Department
California State University, Fresno
Dr. Sean Alley specializes in law, regional economics, environmental and natural resource economics and public
finance. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the George
Mason University School of Law. Dr. Alley has worked as a research fellow as a Levy Fellow at George Mason Law
School in Arlington, VA and for the Natural Resource Ecology Lab in Fort Collins, CO.
In addition, he has worked as a public finance attorney for McGuireWoods, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Currently, he is an assistant professor of economics at California State University, Fresno, where he teaches regional
economics and environmental economics and serves on the staff of the Center for Economic Research and Education
of Central California. Dr. Alley is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.
In the past year, Dr. Alley has researched and co-authored several economic impact analyses of solar projects in the
San Joaquin Valley and of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit in California. In the recent past, he has extensively
researched the landmark stimulus legislation from 2008 and 2009 and has participated in, published and presented
research on corporate governance law, the economics of collective action, economics education, suburban economic
development and neighborhood transition.
Antonio Avalos, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics Department
California State University, Fresno
Dr. Antonio Avalos received his Ph.D. in Economics from Oklahoma State University with specialization in Economic
Development and International Economics. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Universidad Popular
Autónoma del Estado de Puebla and Oklahoma State University, respectively. Dr. Avalos has spent several years
conducting research on regional economics and workforce issues as well as on economic impact analysis. He started
as Herman Kahn Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana and later as an external consultant for the
institute. He also was a visiting scholar at the Andean Corporation of Development in Caracas, Venezuela, where he
conducted applied research in international trade, economic development and labor markets in Latin American
economies. Dr. Avalos joined the Department of Economics in the Fall of 2003. He is an Associate Professor and
currently serves as the Chair of the Department.
Daniel J. Bronfman
Founder & President
Growth Capital Associates, Inc.
Daniel J. Bronfman is Founder and President of Growth Capital Associates, Inc. (GCA), a firm that specializes in
arranging for the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable revenue bonds for the benefit of businesses involved in
manufacturing, processing and waste recycling activities and non-profit entities. Bronfman is considered a leader in
the field of industrial development bond financing in California and has over 20 years of experience in banking,
investment banking, financial management and consulting. Since its founding in 1995 GCA has facilitated the issuance
of over $350 million in revenue bonds, with transactions ranging in size from $1.9 million to over $30.0 million.
GCA focuses on undertaking projects in distressed and underserved communities, including locally-designated
Recovery Zones, State-designated Enterprise Zones and Federally-designated Empowerment Zones and Enterprise
and Renewal Communities. These projects result in increased local investment and the creation of jobs in areas with
persistently high rates of unemployment and poverty.
Bronfman is an active member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), being a
frequent speaker at CALED conferences and training programs, and was instrumental in the creation of the California
Enterprise Development Authority, a joint-powers bond issuing agency managed by CALED. He also has presented at
real estate and community development financing programs hosted by University of California, Los Angeles and the
Council of Development Finance Agencies.
Prior to founding GCA, Bronfman was Director of Finance for Gruma Corporation, parent of the leading tortilla maker
Mission Foods, and served as a vice president with Union Bank.
Bronfman received his BA in economics from Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, California) and an MBA in
finance from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is Trustee Emeritus
of the California State University Board of Trustees.
Assistant City Manager
City of Merced
Bill Cahill is Assistant City Manager for the City of Merced, a position he has held since October 2001. In this position,
Bill oversees the City’s Economic and Redevelopment programs, the Merced Regional Airport, collective bargaining,
and serves as the City’s team leader in the University of California Merced campus development.
Previously, Bill had served as Merced’s Director of Economic Development and Redevelopment since July 1990. This
included directing the activities of two Redevelopment Project Areas and responsibility for the economic
development of the community as a whole.
Mr. Cahill has served on the board of the California Redevelopment Association for four years, and this year is
Northern Vice-President of the CRA.
Bill's 30 years of experience include his previous work in Oregon, where he managed regional economic and
community development programs of the Cascades West Council of Governments, covering a three county region and
based in Corvallis. Mr. Cahill has also worked professionally in Iowa and Illinois. He holds a B.A. with Honors in
Economics and Political Science from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the
University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Janet Coe, CEcd
Economic Development Manager
City of Anaheim, CA
Janet Coe has been with the City of Anaheim since September 2005. She manages the City’s business attraction,
business retention and expansion efforts, working in close partnership with the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency, the
Anaheim Workforce Investment Board, and Anaheim Public Utilities. Currently, her responsibilities are focused on
implementing a new economic development strategic plan for the City’s major industrial area; managing the City’s
relationships with Anaheim businesses; and attracting new businesses to the community.
Ms. Coe has been an economic developer since 1990 and has experience in implementing successful economic
development programs in three (3) communities. Prior to coming to the City of Anaheim, she served as Economic
Development Manager for the City of Lake Forest in South Orange County. Previously, Ms. Coe had been Economic
Development Manager for the City of Chino for several years.
Ms. Coe serves on the boards of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), the Southern
California Reinvestment Community Development Financial Institution, the Small Business Financial Development
Corporation, and the Orange County Small Business Development Center. Through CALED, she has participated in
technical advisory panels for other communities and is a frequent speaker at economic development training events.
Ms. Coe received professional designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic
Development Council in 2003.
Ms. Coe graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Bond Finance Unit
Paula Connors currently serves as the Manager of the Bond Finance Unit at the California Infrastructure and Economic
Development Bank (I-Bank). Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the California Enterprise Development
Authority, a joint powers authority formed specifically to undertake economic development financing. Since 2001,
Paula has been a member of the Economic Development Advisory Loan Committee for the State Community
Development Block Grant program (non-entitlement).
Paula’s economic development experience includes serving as vice president of government relations and training for
the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). Her responsibilities included representing CALED
before the California Legislature, tracking priority economic development legislation, and researching and
recommending policy options for new legislation.
Prior to joining CALED, Paula served the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission of the State Treasurer's
Office where she supervised initial publication of the California Debt Issuance Primer, as well as the Trade and
Commerce Agency where she managed the agency's participation in the Economic Development Allocation of the
Sate Community Development Block Grant program.
Paula began her career with the Riverside County Planning Department, responsible for the full range of planning and
permit activities. Paula received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside,
and has taken post-graduate courses in accounting and finance.
Director, Office of Community and Economic Development
California State University, Fresno
Mike Dozier is the Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development at California State University,
Fresno, Since January 2009. His responsibilities include Chief Operations Office of the Fresno Regional Jobs Initiative
and Lead Executive of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. The Office of Community and Economic
Development manages the Fresno State Connect program that links community businesses and non-profit
organizations to the University schools and faculty; conducts the annual Introduction to Economic Development
Certificate Program, Learn the Keys to Successful Economic Development course in partnership with CALED; and
manages the Small Business Development Center serving Central California through a subcontract with the Central
Valley Business Incubator.
Prior to his current position, Mike was Assistant to the City Manager/Planning Director with the City of Livingston,
California from 1985 to 1987, Redevelopment Director with the City of Atwater, California from 1987-1992. He work
for the City of Clovis as a Project Manager in the Clovis Community Development Agency (redevelopment agency)
beginning in 1992 and was promoted to Director of Community and Economic Development in 1997 where he
remained until January 2009. As Director, Mike was responsible for the City’s redevelopment, economic development,
tourism, affordable housing, Community Development Block Grant, and Clovis Youth Employment Services programs.
Mike is a Director of the Fresno Workforce Investment Board (WIB) since 1999, and currently chairs the Adult Council
of that Board. He is Vice President of the Central Valley Business Incubator Board of Directors, and sits on the San
Joaquin Valley Workforce Funders Collaborative Board. Mike has participated in the CALED Professional Assistance
Service (PAS) projects for Galt, American Canyon, Needles and Lompoc.
Mike attended and graduated from Merced College and California State University, Stanislaus with honors (Summa
Cum Laude). Mike currently lives in Clovis, CA with his wife Dora, three children and two step-children.
J. Andrew Hansz, Ph.D., CFA
Director, Gazarian Real Estate Center
Professor, California State University, Fresno
J. Andrew Hansz, Ph.D., CFA, is Director of the Gazarian Real Estate Center and a professor within the Department of
Finance and Business Law. Prior to joining California State University, Fresno and the Craig School of Business in 2009,
he was an associate professor within the Department of Finance and Real Estate and the graduate advisor for the real
estate programs (undergraduate real estate major, MSRE, and graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development) at the
University of Texas, Arlington. He was also creator and advisor for a doctoral minor in real estate option.
He publishes regularly and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Property Research, Journal of Property
Investment & Finance, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Appraisal Journal, and International
Real Estate Review. Dr. Hansz is an associate editor of the Journal of Real Estate Literature, on the editorial board of
the International Journal of Strategic Property Management, and a frequent blind referee for numerous real estate
professional and academic outlets.
He is active professionally with industry affiliations in the American Real Estate Society, Appraisal Institute, CFA
Institute, Financial Management Association, and has collaborated with the Urban Land Institute on student based
projects and competitions. He has taught over 15 different courses in finance and real estate at the collegiate level
and numerous classes and seminars for the Appraisal Institute, GSA, and other professional organizations. Andrew
Hansz and Julian Diaz III of Georgia State University have recently published the textbook Real Estate Analysis:
Environments and Activities and most of his session on real estate development will be based upon chapter 8 titled
Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board
Mr. Konczal began his duties as Executive Director of the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board (FRWIB) in
May of 2002. An area agency non-profit organization, FRWIB administers a fiscal year budget of nearly $40 million,
providing business and training services to Fresno County and Fresno City businesses and residents.
Prior to joining FRWIB, Mr. Konczal served as Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Board,
where he spearheaded the creation of the first ever Workforce Investment Act program for the City of San Jose. Mr.
Konczal also served as Head of the Special Projects unit for the South Bay Private Industry Council in Los Angeles
Mr. Konczal holds a BA in Political Science and History from UCLA, a MA in Political Science from CSU Fullerton and a
JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. An active member of the Fresno community Mr. Konczal serves on the
Leadership Council of the Regional Jobs Initiative, a consortium of leaders committed to developing the local
economy and workforce. A voracious reader and lifelong learning advocate, Mr. Konczal also serves on the Board of
Directors of Reading & Beyond, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting children’s literacy. Mr. Konczal and his
wife, Charlotte, live in the historic Tower District in Fresno, California.
President & Chief Operating Officer, Kings County Economic Development
Director, Kings County Job Training Office
John S. Lehn is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Kings County Economic Development Corporation and
the Director of the Kings County Job Training Office. Mr. Lehn has spent the past 32 years focusing on workforce and
economic development issues in Kings County and California’s Central Valley, including serving as Board member and
Current Board Chair of the eight-county California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation.
Formal schooling includes a B.A. in Social Work from California State University, Fresno, with earned units toward a
Masters in Social Work.
Mr. Lehn served on the Hanford City Council from 1989 to 1994 including a term as Hanford’s Mayor. Other public
service includes Board membership with numerous community groups and active involvement in youth sports as a
coach for over 10 years.
John and his wife Paula are active throughout their community and in their church.
City of Bakersfield
Economic & Community Development Department
David Lyman is a stand up economic developer. He is a frequent presenter on economic development topics and
enjoys motivating others about the power one person can make in a community through economic development. He
also teaches a graduate seminar in public policy and administration at CSU Bakersfield which he accurately, but
lovingly, calls “Public Administration Boot Camp.”
David has been in the trenches of economic development for his hometown of Bakersfield since 1984 and has worked
business attraction, business retention, redevelopment, enterprise zone, brownfields, tourism and, most recently,
the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
David served more than ten years on the board of directors of the California Association of Enterprise Zones, with two
years as its president. He has testified several times before the California Legislature on enterprise zone issues.
Despite an undergraduate degree in accounting, a master’s degree in public administration, and a second master’s
degree in public policy, David wrote the theme song for the Economic Development Institute at the University of
Oklahoma (sung to the tune of Dixie) and the theme song for the California Association of Enterprise Zones (to the
tune of Alouette).
David was named Outstanding Graduating Student at EDI in 1991 and later served several years as a thesis advisor in
Indianapolis and San Diego. Last May he was awarded his Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate
University. His dissertation, while lacking any musical orientation whatsoever, focused on the economic, political,
and competitive factors that influence California cities to use incentives. He is the only researcher who has surveyed
all California city managers regarding their use of incentives, first in 2002 and again in 2006. Results from those two
surveys provided the basis for his doctoral research.
Central Valley Business Incubator
He is a founder and major stockholder in Complete Access, LLC, a company focused on providing Fortune 500
companies technology driven customer acquisition and retention programs.
Before founding Complete Access, he was responsible for driving sales for Sidewalk.com which generated $35 million
in revenue within a year of its inception and was subsequently sold to Microsoft. As the Head of sales for
Entertainment Publications, Mr. Nagamine helped make the Entertainment Book a household name and a leader in
the local advertising market. Mr. Nagamine has extensive experience in senior-level sales, sales management,
marketing and finance. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
James H. Renzas
The RSH Group
Jim is a Principal with The RSH group, a site selection and incentives negotiation and cost segregation consulting
company with offices nationwide. He has more than 25 years of site selection and incentives negotiation experience,
providing consulting services to clients on multistate location strategies, as well as government assistance programs
to aid business expansion and/or relocation.
The RSH Group is the exclusive site selection and incentives provider to BIO, Bay Bio, and the Medical Device and
Manufacturers Association and a number of other international trade associations. Formerly, Jim was Western
Regional Practice Leader with both Arthur Anderson and KPMG.
Jim has conducted and managed over 300 successful corporate location assignments throughout the United States,
Canada, and Mexico. He has personally negotiated over $900 million in state and local tax incentives for a variety of
office, manufacturing distribution, and retail clients. Jim has served as an expert witness for several court cases
involving corporate relocation and is the author of numerous articles on business location and incentives
negotiations. In March 2006, Jim provided testimony to the United States Senate Finance Subcommittee on the
impact of the Supreme Courts Cuno vs. DaimlerChrysler case on U.S. global competitiveness.
Jim holds a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb in Economic Geography and a Bachelor’s Degree
from University of Illinois, Urbana.
Downtown and Community Revitalization for the City of Fresno
Craig Scharton is the Director of Downtown and Community Revitalization for the City of Fresno. Previously, he served
as Chief Executive Officer of the Central Valley Business Incubator, where he raised $6 million in investment capital
for locally-based businesses. Scharton has also held executive director positions for successful downtown
revitalization programs in Pleasanton and Hanford, California. On May 16, 2009, Scharton completed his Community
Economic Development (MS) from Southern New Hampshire University.
Jim Schmidtke, Ph.D.
California State University, Fresno
Jim Schmidtke earned his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Business
Administration/Organizational Behavior. Jim’s research interests include employee theft, employee dishonesty,
sexual harassment, and gender issues. His teaching interests include organizational behavior, human resource
management, and negotiation/conflict management. Prior to earning his Ph.D. Professor Schmidtke worked for Ernst
& Young where he served as a financial analyst.
Clovis Community Development Agency
Since 1989, Tina Sumner has served the City of Clovis in economic development, redevelopment, affordable housing
and youth employment services. Currently, Tina is the Community and Economic Development Director, a position
she has held since January 2009. In this position, she oversees economic and redevelopment programs, affordable
housing programs and youth employment services. Tina served as Clovis’ Acting City Clerk for seven months in 2008.
During her tenure in Clovis, Tina has served on the Community Housing Leadership Board, Community Housing
Council, International Right of Way Association, California Redevelopment Association Housing Committee and the
Clovis Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee.
Tina's 29 years of experience include her previous work in Roseburg, Oregon, where she served as Housing Advocate
for the Umpqua Community Action Network and in Fairbanks, Alaska in a facility providing housing for children.
Tina holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Fresno.
Doug Svensson, AICP
Applied Development Economics, Inc.
Mr. Svensson is a planner and economist with thirty years’ experience in economic development. He has been a
Principal at Applied Development Economics since 1987 and its President for the past six years.
ADE has offices in Sacramento and Walnut Creek and works with communities, businesses, and state and regional
agencies throughout the western United States. ADE has received 15 awards for its work from state and national
organizations including CALED, APA and IEDC. These projects have included comprehensive economic development
strategic plans, downtown revitalization plans, industry cluster studies and specialized industry research, as well as
fiscal analysis of development scenarios.
Mr. Svensson has prepared economic strategic plans for communities throughout California, including many in the
Central Valley. He has worked with small communities in rural economies, helping them to build on their agricultural
and resource base as well as networking with regional efforts for economic diversification. He has also worked with
many cities in urban metropolitan areas to distinguish their economic niche and thrive in a competitive environment.
He is currently engaged in developing a landmark Prosperity Plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin that has secured
collaboration from five counties in two states plus the City of South Lake Tahoe, local educational institutions, and
regional planning and economic development agencies.
Mr. Svensson obtained his bachelor’s degree from the U.C. Santa Barbara, where he was a Regent Scholar and he
holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the U.C. Berkeley with an emphasis in housing and
economic development. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified
Claggett Wolfe Associates
Mr. Wolfe is an economic development professional with extensive experience working in domestic and international
settings. His work has ranged from strategic planning and feasibility assessment to program design and
administration. Mr. Wolfe brings a combination of environmental, engineering, small business, and economic
development skills to his work resulting in the development of innovative solutions to the corporations, communities,
states and countries he serves. He has conducted numerous community forums, and worked with residents, NGOs,
agency staff and business owners to identify and develop creative strategies for stimulating economic growth through
small and medium sized enterprise formation and expansion. Specific activities have included: business incubator
feasibility assessment and business planning; CDBG economic development program creation and compliance review;
loan program development and bank consortium formation; business assistance program development;
entrepreneurship training program development and instruction; case study assessment and program review;
business planning for new ventures; funding identification and acquisition; and grant preparation and administration.
Projects have involved the evaluation and development of economic expansion and conversion strategies in
numerous industry sectors including agriculture technology, aviation, food processing, recreation and tourism, art,
health services, machining and tooling, communications technology, biotechnology, computer technology,
environmental technology, marine technology and information technology. Mr. Wolfe has also founded two
technology start-ups in the information management/software and electronic equipment sectors, owned and
operated a retail/convenience operation, and worked with numerous small businesses in planning, marketing and
Mr. Wolfe holds a BS from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with
an emphasis in Finance, Marketing and Information Systems. Mr. Wolfe serves as a trainer in business incubation,
business retention and expansion, loan program design and loan portfolio management. He has also been a featured
speaker at domestic and international conferences on fostering small and medium sized enterprise development and
Most recently Mr. Wolfe was selected to testify before the House Committee on Small Business on “The State of
SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Their Role in Promoting Economic Recovery”. Mr. Wolfe was a
major contributor to the recently published NBIA publication “Developing a Business Incubation Program: Insights
and Advise for Communities”. He also co-authored the 2001 and 2010 editions of the NBIA publication “Best Practices
in Action: Guidelines for Implementing First-Class Business Incubation Programs”.