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 is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Human Services at California State University, Bakersfield. P.J can be reached at pjdelgaudio@SoCalLeadingEdge.org
LaWanda Gholston joined the Alliance in October as our new Special Projects Coordinator. Lawanda will lead the effort to write our 2017 Economic Round Table Report. In addition, she will assist with event coordination and other GAVEA projects. Mrs. Gholston is a graduate of Antelope Valley Adult School as a certified medical assistant and is a licensed real estate sales professional. For the last ten years she worked as an loan underwriter. Mrs. Gholston plans to further her education, by pursuing a degree in psychology. Lawanda can be reached at LGholston@SoCalLeadingEdge.org
Zander Rodriguez recently joined the Alliance as our new SOAR High School intern. Mr. Rodriguez will be assisting the GAVEA Team in gathering data and stories for the 2017 Economic Roundtable Report as well as managing our contact databases, event assistance and general clerical help. Mr. Rodriguez is a senior at SOAR High School. Next spring he will graduate with both his High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities from AVC. He plans to pursue a Degree in Cinematic Arts. Zander can be reached at intern@SoCalLeadingEdge.org
GAVEA Board of Directors
|Dr. Steve Radford||Chair||Antelope Valley Union High School District|
|Rob Duchow||Vice-Chair||The Gas Company|
|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|
|June Burcham||Immediate Past-Chair||Kaiser Permanente, Retired|
|Tom Barnes||Director||Antelope Valley East Kern Water District|
|Laura Gallegos||Director||Palmdale Water District|
|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|
|Carrie Rogers||Director||Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.|
|Paulette Rush||Director||BHE Renewables|
|Garth Sandsness||Director||Rio Tinto Borates|
|Donna Termeer||Director||LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger|
|Michelle Vance||Director||City of Tehachapi|
|Tom Weil||Director||City of California City|
Dixie Eliopoulos remains Honorary Founding Member, while Cheri Bryant serves as an Ex Officio Member.