Our Staff

Cynthia Kurtz

President & CEO ckurtz@valleyconnect.com

Ms Cynthia J. Kurtz became President and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership in January, 2009. Prior to holding this position, Cynthia served as the City Manager for the City of Pasadena from March 1998 until January 200 …


Michael Shay

Vice President of Investor Relations mshay@valleyconnect.com

Mike Shay has served as Vice President of Investor Relations since 2003. He joined the Partnership with over forty years of sales and sales management experience with nationally recognized manufacturing companies. Outside of his respon …


Brad Jensen

Director of Public Policy bjensen@valleyconnect.com

Brad Jensen oversees political advocacy for the Partnership and serves as the liaison with local elected officials in the California State Legislature, United States Congress, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. He also represent …


Amber Sommerville

Director of Marketing and Communications asommerville@valleyconnect.com

Amber Sommerville oversees member communications, website/social media management, graphics design, public relations, and marketing campaigns for business attraction and tourism. Prior to joining the Partnership, Amber was Education an …


Annie Wei

Business Assistance Manager awei@valleyconnect.com

Annie Wei Cacciotti is responsible for developing relationships with SGV businesses and assisting businesses in finding the resources they need to be successful. She is also responsible for communicating the advantages of locating a bu …


Dr. Michelle Yanez

Director of Education Pathways myanez@valleyconnect.com

Dr. Michelle Yanez serves as the liaison between businesses and educational institutions. Michelle works under the AMETLL Grant (Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology and Linked Learning) on behalf of Pasadena City College …


Bob Machuca

LAEDC’s Senior Regional Manager of Business Assistance bmachuca@valleyconnect.com

Employed by the LAEDC and assigned to the San Gabriel Valley Bob Machuca has over 15 years of experience at the LAEDC, both at the headquarter level and in the field, coordinating numerous business attraction, retention and expansion e …


Cindy Lai

Administrative Assistant clai@valleyconnect.com

Cindy Lai assists with Partnership office management, correspondence, and meeting and event planning. She supports Partnership staff by preparing necessary research materials and documents, maintaining databases, and assisting with soc …