Speakers

Speakers

South Bay Economic Panel:


Jennifer Brodmann

Dr. Jennifer Brodmann
Assistant Professor of Finance
CSUDH

Dr. Jennifer Brodmann is an assistant professor of finance at California State University Dominguez Hills. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with her Ph.D. and M.S. in Financial Economics. Her research focuses on corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Brodmann has presented her research at several conferences, including the Eastern Finance Association, Southwestern Finance Association, Academy of Financial Services, Academy of Economics and Finance, and the Gulf Research Council. Dr. Brodmann’s research is published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Business, International Journal of Bank Marketing, Journal of Business Accounting and Finance Perspectives, Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development, and Borsa Istanbul Review.

Dr. Brodmann has multiple years of experience teaching and mentoring students. She has served as a mentor for the CSUDH Innovation Incubator, faculty mentor for the South Bay Economics Forecast Student Research Competition, and a research mentor to undergraduate students for the Privateer Undergraduate Research and Scholarly UNO Experience (PURSUE) program. Her students and mentees have published their work with her in peer-reviewed journals and presented their research at the South Bay Economic Forecast, Academy of Economics and Finance, CSUDH Student Research Day, and Innovate UNO, an annual student research conference at the University of New Orleans.


Jose Martinez

Dr. Jose Martinez
Associate Professor, Accounting, Finance and Economics
California State University Dominguez Hills

Jose Martinez, Ph.D., received his bachelor's degree in economics from California State University, San Marcos and his master's and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently teaching microeconomics and macroeconomic principles and international business in the Accounting, Finance, and Economics Department at CSUDH. His research interests are labor economics, applied micro, migration, crime, and time series econometrics. Dr. Martinez also is co-director of the CSUDH Economics Institute.


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Dr. Fynnwin Prager
Assistant Professor, Public Administration
California State University Dominguez Hills

Fynnwin Prager, Ph.D., is co-director of the Economics Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills, College of Business Administration and Public Policy. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate at USC’s Price School of Public Policy and Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and he remains affiliated with the center.

He received his Ph.D. in policy, planning, and development from the Price School. His research has focused on the policy and economics of disasters, particularly environmental and terrorism policy, and the impacts to regional economies and transportation systems. Dr. Prager’s dissertation focused on climate policy, and used Computable General Equilibrium modeling to analyze the economic and distributional impacts of US federal emissions trading policy. He has also worked on similar assessments of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32)and co-founded Carbon Retirement, an innovative London-based carbon offsets company.


Adapting to Change Panel:


Dana Finding

Dana Finding
B2B Product Management and Strategy
Route

Dana Finding is an accomplished technical and creative leader with demonstrated success in both hardware and software product development. An enthusiastic yet pragmatic builder of products, teams, and companies, she’s specialized in B2B business innovation, focused on e-commerce, immersive technologies, and digital transformation. Her experience growing technology start-ups has also honed her talents in the areas of staffing and culture development, as well as investor relations and strategic acquisitions. Dana received her BA in English and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles.


Victor Parker

Victor Parker
Deputy Associate Administrator
Small Business Administration

Victor Parker is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Field Operations for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, Mr. Parker supports the Associate Administrator of SBA and provides policy guidance and oversight to the Regional Administrators and District Directors in implementing SBA goals and objectives.

Prior to his time as Deputy Associate Administrator, Mr. Parker was the District Director of the SBA’s Los Angeles District Office, serving Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. As District Director, he was responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services to aspiring and existing small business owners, SBA lenders and partners, which include business advisory services, capital access programs, entrepreneurial development, international trade development and contract procurement assistance.

Mr. Parker also has broad management and leadership experience in the private sector, and is actively engaged in serving several civic, nonprofit and community-based organizations in the Southern California area, including serving on the Civil Service Commission, Sustainable City Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Community Development Centers, Inc.

Mr. Parker earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.


Sam Polk

Sam Polk
CEO
Everytable

Sam Polk is the founder and CEO of Everytable, a social enterprise on a mission to transform the food system to make delicious and healthy food affordable and accessible to everyone, everywhere.

A former hedge fund trader, Sam left a successful career on Wall Street to follow his heart to fight food injustice and inequality in America. In 2013, he founded a nonprofit called FEAST (originally called Groceryships) to address food-related health problems in South Los Angeles by helping family food providers make healthy choices through nutrition education, cooking classes, free produce, and support groups. In 2015, Sam, together with friend and former private equity professional David Foster, joined forces to create Everytable, which offers made-from-scratch meals priced according to what is affordable in a specific neighborhood. To date, Everytable has sold more than 3 million fresh-prepared meals throughout communities and on college campuses across greater Los Angeles, through a combination of grab-and-go markets, a home delivery service and SmartFridge vending machines. With the backing of food-forward investors like Kimbal Musk, Maria Shriver, Gwyneth Paltrow, TOMS Social Enterprise Fund, Acumen, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annenberg Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation, Everytable has the potential to work in every major metropolitan area across the county.

Sam is also the author of For the Love of Money, a book chronicling his journey from Wall Street to advocate for food justice and an equitable world. Additionally, his work and writing has been published in CNBC.com, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Sam has appeared on national television and radio including CNN, Morning Joe, Oprah, The Today Show, and NPR.


Emcee & Moderator


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Frank Mottek
Business News Anchor
KNX1070 Radio

Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Mottek is the senior money anchor at KNX 1070 Newsradio and provides listeners with “Your Money” reports weekdays at 20 and 50 past each hour between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m.

On Saturdays at 11 a.m., he hosts “Mottek on Money,” the number one source for business and consumer news in Southern California.