Executive Committee


David Womack

David Womack, Chair

Kaiser Permanente

“We at Kaiser Permanente strongly support a thriving business community that is growing economic prosperity for all. Our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve — that mission can only be achieved when people have meaningful work and good paying jobs. Studies consistently show that wealthier equals healthier – this is true for individuals, families and entire communities. The KEDC is a key leader in this quest.”  – David



Joe Ashley, Vice Chair

California Resources Corporation

Wayne Kress, Immediate Past-Chair

Cushman & Wakefield | Pacific Commercial Realty Advisors

“I’ve been a supporter of Kern EDC since its founding in 1987. It is a vital part of my team, helping me address many of the ‘non-real estate concerns’ held by potential employers, ranging from labor to permitting authorities.”  – Wayne



Laurel Shockley, Secretary

Southern California Edison Economic Development Services

“As a member of Southern California Edison’s Economic Development Services Group, we have long understood the importance of working with our ED partners to retain and attract jobs in the region. Kern EDC has consistently been a leader in actively engaging the community and its resources to provide a rich economy for existing and future business growth.” – Laurel


Steve Renock, Treasurer

Kern Schools Federal Credit Union

“The Kern EDC is at the forefront of bringing new businesses and jobs to Kern County. Their efforts are essential to keep our economy growing and to provide quality employment opportunities for the people in our community.” – Steve



Supervisor Mike Maggard

County of Kern – District 3

“Kern County is the place for economic development and the Kern EDC has the passion to facilitate it. Our industry clusters set the standard for excellence in energy, agriculture, aerospace, transportation, and logistics. We can provide a business friendly environment and the human capital to meet business needs and enhance economic development.” – Mike


Supervisor Zack Scrivner

County of Kern – District 2

“The Kern Economic Development Corporation helps Kern County keep the tempo of business attraction and retention upbeat. Kern EDC is a vital partner in our successful efforts to make Kern County an economic powerhouse.” – Zack


Bill Rector

(Ex-Officio Member Representative for KEDF)

“KEDF’S mission is to facilitate STEM workforce development in Kern County in order to ensure that our STEM businesses have a prepared workforce. These efforts are important because Kern County’s largest employers rely on employees with STEM-related skills. High school mentoring programs, the annual Kern County STEMposium, and the Women in STEM initiative are just a few examples of how KEDF impacts our community.” – Bill


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