Maevers headshotKimberly Maevers

President and CEO
Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance

 

Kimberly is a native of the Antelope Valley and is committed to promoting the region in one voice for the benefit of both counties and every community across the 3000 square mile area.

In 1984 she began her professional career in Lancaster as a Projects Coordinator for her father’s Civil Engineering firm, JK Civil Engineering. It was then that she fell in love with the land development, entitlement, public policy and construction process. In 1993 she joined the non-profit world in the role of Executive Director for the Building Industry Assn. – Antelope Valley Chapter where she not only served the membership as a lobbyist, but also special events coordinator and fund-raiser.

In the summer of 1996 Kimberly left the Antelope Valley and moved to Colorado to serve as the Director of Community Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado. As a building industry lobbyist, Kimberly built a strong coalition of grass-roots activists and supporters around those issues relative to growth, economic development and community sustainability. Kimberly developed a deep appreciation for regional collaboration during her employment with the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. as her role spanned three counties and numerous city boundaries. She served as a Planning Commissioner for Larimer County and was proudly dubbed “the voice of reason” by the Supervisors as it was her role in Smart Growth advocacy and rural lands conservation that gave her experience to understand the delicate balance of both. During her 14 years in Colorado she served several non-profit organizations and helped grow them through strategically crafted sales and marketing initiatives, advocacy and business development campaigns.

In 2010 Kimberly returned to the Antelope Valley and began a new chapter in her career as an entrepreneur and leadership consultant. She was hired by the Economic Alliance in February 2013 to serve as the President and to lead the organization in a new direction. With the support of the Board and Investors, GAVEA has embarked on a new branding campaign to re-establish itself as the Regional Economic Developer for North Los Angeles and Southeast Kern County.

Kimberly earned her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on public policy, business development and marketing. She is a consummate entrepreneur having owned and operated everything from a tanning salon to a semi-custom homebuilding franchise to a pet-sitting company and understands the challenges and opportunities every business owner faces. In her volunteer roles she has served as a County Planning Commissioner and on multiple boards and commissions representing local, state, national and international housing and homelessness aid organizations.

In her spare time, she plays hard at wakeboarding, motorcycle riding, golf, snow-skiing and cheering on her beloved Denver Bronco’s.

P.J DelGaudio joined the Alliance as our Executive Assistant in June (2015). Ms. Del Gaudio earned an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Antelope Valley College. While in school, Ms. DelGaudio worked as an Event Coordinator and then as Program Specialist at Antelope Valley College. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Human Services at California State University, Bakersfield. In her free time, she is the Program Manager for the  Lancaster Young Entrepreneurs Academy, which is hosted by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce  P.J can be reached at pjdelgaudio@SoCalLeadingEdge.org

GAVEA Board of Directors

Officers

Dr. Steve Radford Chair Antelope Valley Union High School District
Rob Duchow Vice-Chair The Gas Company
Vacant Treasurer
Laurel Shockley Secretary Southern California Edison
Harvey Holloway Director at Large Coldwell Banker Commercial Valley Realty
George B. Atkinson Director at Large Atkinson and Associates
Veronica Knudson Director at Large Palmdale Regional Medical Center
June Burcham Immediate Past-Chair Kaiser Permanente, Retired

Directors

Martha Molina-Aviles Director Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board
Tom Barnes Director Antelope Valley East Kern Water District
Laura Gallegos Director Palmdale Water District
Greg Garrett Director City of Tehachapi
Norm Hickling Director Antelope Valley Transit Authority
Teresa Hitchcock Director Kern County
Ed Knudson Director Antelope Valley College
Veronica Knudson Director Palmdale Regional Medical Center
Vern Lawson, Jr. Director City of Lancaster
Bernie Longjohn Director Learn 4 Life
Garth Sandsness Director Rio Tinto Borates
Donna Termeer Director LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Tom Weil Director City of California City
Peter Wolters Director Kaiser Permanente

Dixie Eliopoulos remains Honorary Founding Member, while Cheri Bryant serves as an Ex Officio Member.