Get to know Kern EDC. With years of experience, a proven track record of success, and a wide breadth of expertise, Kern EDC’s staff is truly top notch. The following profiles highlight just a few of the many talents and passions that motivate each staffer to make Kern County stronger every day.
With East Coast roots, Richard brings passion and foundational knowledge to position Kern EDC at the forefront of the competition for job creation and economic development. Richard graduated from Georgetown University and received his MBA from American University before moving across country to work in Seattle as an economic developer. With more than 20 years of economic development experience, Richard is truly the best when it comes to “thinking big” and shaping Kern County’s economic future.
“It is a distinct pleasure to serve my ninth year with a strong and formidable team, as we develop and implement innovative strategies for the region’s emerging and established industry clusters.” -Richard
661-862-5161 | Email Richard
The Kern EDC team calls Cheryl the “dot connector” because she has a knack for connecting people and businesses that benefit from working together. As a Kern County native, Cheryl understands the region and its people, and she has spent her career working on projects that improve the quality of life for local residents. She brought nearly two decades of transportation, customer service, and marketing experience to Kern EDC when she came here in 2005. Cheryl manages Kern EDC’s finances and the day-to-day operation of the office, including all communications and marketing efforts.
“The best part of working at Kern EDC is having the opportunity to make a difference in the community I have called home my entire life. By working with local businesses, city and county leaders, and educators, we enrich the region by strengthening industry, preparing competent employees, and building relationships that keep our community connected.” -Cheryl
661-862-5162 | Email Cheryl
Director of Business Development/Corporate Relocations
Staff knows Melinda as “the recruiter” thanks to her ability to help businesses and site selectors outside the area understand why Kern County should be on their radar screen.
“Working at the Kern EDC provides great satisfaction assisting businesses looking for a location and creating jobs for those in need. Not only does a job affect individuals lives but also enhances the benefits to our community. As more jobs are created, the positive growth and the stability of our community will speak for itself. Our new and existing businesses are so important to our local economy and to be a part of that success is very rewarding.” -Melinda
661-862-5058 | Email Melinda
Marketing and Research Coordinator
Sophia joins the Kern EDC team with a passion for not only marketing Kern County’s amazing economic vitality but showcasing all that the community has to offer.
“It is a privilege to be a part of the Kern EDC team. I love that I get the opportunity be an ambassador for Kern County’s strong economic portfolio and to advocate for all the great reasons to live and do business here.“ -Sophia
661-862-5156 | Email Sophia
Courtney has been a member of the Kern EDC team for more than five years. Over this time her responsibilities have grown to include creative design and coordination of Kern Economic Development Foundation activities.
“I feel so lucky that my job is to show people the Kern County that I know and love. I’ve been able to grow here at Kern EDC, and have been able to use my creativity to hone my professional skills.” – Courtney
661-862-5157 | Email Courtney
Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator
Michelle is the Kern EDC team’s talented Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator. As a Bakersfield native, Michelle is passionate about her community and excited to explore the impact of economic development.
“Being that I was born and raised in Bakersfield I’m very excited to be on the Kern EDC team. It feels great to be a part of something that can make a difference in the community and show others what Kern County really has to offer.” – Michelle
661-862-5164| Email Michelle