Panel Members

ETP is governed by eight Panel members: Three members are appointed by the Governor. Two are appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. Two are appointed by the Senate Pro Tem. The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), or his/her designee, shall serve as an ex officio, voting member.

Douglas R. Tracy

Senate President Pro Tempore Appointee

Douglas R. Tracy is a Business Manager with SMART (International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers), a newly formed union that combines sheet metal workers and transportation workers.

Gloria Bell

Governor Appointee

Gloria Bell has served as Board Member and Chair of the Soledad Hospital District and as Trustee and Chair to the Soledad Union School District.

Gretchen Newsom

Speaker of the Assembly Appointee

Gretchen Newsom is a community leader and advocate of working families.

Janice Roberts

Acting Chairperson

Janice Roberts is retired from PepsiCo, where she was employed for ten years as Senior Manager of Economic Development, responsible for securing global tax, environmental and training incentives. She was appointed to the Panel by the Governor in 2005, and at the April 2013 Panel meeting, Janice was appointed to Vice Chair of the Panel.

Ernesto Morales

Speaker of Assembly Appointee

Ernesto Morales is a 15-year veteran in business development and public affairs and has extensive experience in delivering projects and programs that engage and empower communities in California.

Chris Dombrowski

GOBIZ Acting Director

A panel member serves as Ex-Officio by designation of Chris Dombrowski, Acting Director of Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIZ).

Ali Tweini

Senate President Pro Tempore Appointee

As an elected board member of the Islamic Center of Southern California, board member of CLUE and SGVCA, Mr. Tweini believes that an effective community member must be an active citizen of the community and must maintain crucial networks with organizations with common goals.

Rick Smiles

Governor Appointee

Since 1995 Rick has been a proud Union Laborer and Labor Representative in San Diego. Continuing his passion for supporting and protecting the Laborers’ Union, their rights, and their mission, in 2010 Rick was elected Vice President of Laborers Local 89. In 2013 Rick Smiles was elected President of Laborers’ Local 89, a position which he still holds today along with proudly serving as a field representative for the Southern California District Council of Laborers.

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Next Panel Meetings

September 25, 2020
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Friday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

October 23, 2020
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Friday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM