The event was hosted by the honorable Jerome E. Horton, Chairman, and California State Board of Equalization. The free daylong event included presentations and/or speakers such as Bill Lockyear, Treasurer, State of California, John R. Noguez, Assessor, County of Los Angeles, Jean Franklin, Executive Director, United Job Creation Council, and Master of Ceremonies, Jim Dear, Mayor, City of Carson, Betty T. Yee, Board Member, California State Board of Equalization, Todd Gilman, Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate, Dr. Michael K. Williams, Sr. Principal Consultant, The Messiah’s Ministries and Services, Inc., Tunua Thrash, Executive Director, West Angeles Community Development Corp., Carolyn Anderson, Deputy Division Chief, Employment Development Dept. (EDD), Jimmy Wong, Employment Tax Consultant, EDD, Raunda Frank, Attorney and President of RPK Consulting Group Inc., Jennifer Barton, Tax Auditor, Franchise Tax Board, Lois V. Campbell, Senior Property Appraiser, State Board of Equalization, Fred N. Duenas, CPA and Supervising Tax Auditor, State Board of Equalization, Denise Hunter, President and Chief Operating Officer, FAME Corp., Byron K. Reed, Senior Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo and Company, Antonio Manning, Regional Manager, JPMorgan Chase and Co., Jill McCullough, Vice President, U.S. Bank, Jan Masaoka, Chief Operating Officer, California Association of Nonprofits, Julio Marcial, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation, Sushma Raman, President, Southern California Grantmakers, Mike A. Gipson, City Council Member, City of Carson, Jan Vogel, Chief Executive Officer, South Bay Workforce Investment Board, Fred Samulon, Chair, Los Angeles County Community Action Board, Elizabeth Diaz, MSW, Resource Development Manager, City of Los Angeles-Community Development Dept., Assembly member, Isadore Hall, 52nd district.
The seminar provided valuable resources to Faith based and community non-profits that would help them find funding for their existing and start-up organizations, deal with tax, property, employee, and fundraising issues. Some of the sponsors of the event were Jerome E. Horton, Chair, Board of Equalization, Carson City Council, United Job Creation Council, Korean Churches for Community Development, Chinese for Christ, Inc., and Chinese for Christ Calvin Chao Theological Seminary. There were also other local and state supporters.
The very large room was packed with a diverse population of participants who had an opportunity to meet other contacts at their tables and throughout the seminar, speak with a host of representatives and/or their staff at exhibit tables outside the main room, and ask questions to the presenters and speakers of the day. In a time of economic crisis the event will have a significant impact on the religious and community based organizations, and the citizens they serve. Special thanks go out to all who helped make the event a huge success, including the Women of Carson who was all dressed in red and did an outstanding job.
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