P.J DelGaudio

Interim Executive Director

pjdelgaudio@SoCalLeadingEdge.org | 661.860.7505 (Mobile) 

P.J DelGaudio is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director for The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA). 

I started with GAVEA in 2015 as the Executive Assistant. In that time I was able to assist and lead some local projects such as the Annual Economic Round Table Report and Quarterly Events while managing the office’s daily operations and financial records. Prior to working with GAVEA, I worked in various positions in the Student Services department at Antelope Valley College. In 2013, I received an Associates Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Antelope Valley College. Then in 2017, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an Emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Bakersfield. From 2017 to 2019 I worked with the Lancaster Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy as the Program Manager in partnership with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. As I serve as Interim Executive Director of GAVEA, I also work with Brandman University as OneStop Specialist, where I am responsible for 5 areas of Student Services to Antelope Valley Student. And since I love being busy, I am currently working on a Master’s in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Organizational Leadership!

We are currently working in the middle of some transition. We successfully completed the Annual Economic Round Table Report. During AVBOT’s Business Outlook Conference, we announced that we are starting new organization with Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT).

Keira Richardson

Executive Assistant

Keira Richardson  joined the Alliance as our Executive Assistant in August (2018). Ms. Richardson earned an Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Yoga RYT 200 teaching certificate from Antelope Valley College. While in school, Ms. Richardson worked as a Peer Mentor at Antelope Valley College. In her free time, she runs her own company; Cream La Shea, offering hair and skin care products to men, women and children. 




GAVEA Board of Directors



Veronica Knudson

Palmdale Regional Medical Center

Rob DuchowThe Gas CompanyVice-Chair
Henry EscalanteKaiser PermanenteTreasurer
Harvey HollowayColdwell Banker Commercial Valley RealtyDirector at Large
Laura GallegosPalmdale Water District Director at Large
Dr. Steve RadfordAntelope Valley Union High School DistrictImmediate Past Chair


Martha Molina-AvilesLos Angeles County Workforce Development BoardDirector
Tom Barnes
Antelope Valley East Kern Water DistrictDirector
Chenin DowCity of LancasterDirector
Laura GallegosPalmdale Water DistrictDirector
Greg GarrettCity of TehachapiDirector
Mary Beth GarrisonRio Tinto BoratesDirector
Macy NeshatiAntelope Valley Transit AuthorityDirector
Teresa HitchcockKern CountyDirector
Ed KnudsonAntelope Valley CollegeDirector
Donna TermeerLA County Supervisor Kathryn BargerDirector

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