Executive Committee



Wayne Kress, 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

David Womack

David Womack, Vice-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


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


Casey Christie / The Californian Rob Duchow

Rob Duchow, Immediate Past Chair

Southern California Gas

“An environment that helps businesses grow and create new job opportunities is vital to the economic well-being of any community. Southern California Gas Company is proud to support Kern Economic Development Corporation and similar organizations that help make our communities stronger by supporting business expansion and job creation.” – Rob


Carla Musser

(Ex-Officio Member Representative for KEDF)

“KEDF is an integral part of educational excellence and economic growth in Kern County. KEDF and Chevron are aligned with the goal to see businesses and communities reach their full economic potential. With that in mind, Chevron is committed to improving access to education, a critical element in improving livelihoods, and sustaining long-term development in our communities through our local investments.” – Carla


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