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Seasoned professionals in economics and financial literacy education

Denise Gutierrez

President and CEO

Denise Gutierrez began her educational journey at Chaffey Community College. She is the mother of four wonderful children. Denise went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne. She praises her four children for being her biggest inspiration. She previously served as the director of development for the College of Business and Economics at Cal State Los Angeles for 4 years. She has an extensive background in institutional advancement, fundraising, and corporate and foundation relations. As the youngest of five children from El Sereno, California and someone who is the first in her family to earn a college degree, she is deeply committed to being of service to her community.


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Joshua Mitton

Chief Programs Officer

After reading his first economics textbook in a single weekend, Joshua went on to obtain a B.A. in Applied Economics from Idaho State University. He relocated with his family to Southern California to pursue graduate studies at Cal State Fullerton, which he is due to complete this fall. During his time there he worked as a graduate assistant for the Center for Economic Education and gained a taste for expanding others’ understanding of economic and personal finance principles and concepts as well as apply it in their lives to their own success.


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Ariana Diaz

Program Coordinator

Ariana Diaz got her degree from Cal State University, Fullerton. During her undergrad, she had the privilege of interning with the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington D.C., where she conducted outreach programs designed to educate others on gentrification, Section 8 housing, and breaking the negative stigma associated with the homeless population. After college she set off to Austin, Texas where she spent time working with children and teenagers creating college prep and personal finance programs. She has made her way back home to her native roots in California as the program coordinator at CCEE.


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Carmen Solorzano

Operations Coordinator

Carmen Solorzano was born and raised in South Los Angeles for her entire life before moving to Northern California for college. She is a first-generation college graduate with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from California State University, East Bay. Her family is originally from El Salvador. She is passionate about the economics and personal finance programs that CCEE provides to K-12 schools and communities due to a desire to share valuable resources to communities like the one that she’s a part of.


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Aitza Gutierrez Velazco

Social Media Intern

Aitza Gutierrez Velazco is a Mexican-American Communication Studies student currently enrolled in San Diego Mesa College and a formerly at San Francisco State University. She has recently joined the CCEE team in as a Social Media Marketing Intern, building her work experience in marketing and expanding her communication skills. As a young bilingual speaker, she has a strong interest in social media, traveling, exploring diverse cultures, as well as advocating for environmental and social issues. Aitza plans on utilizing social media in order to amplify young, diverse, and marginalized voices in order to create social change.


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Lexie Nguyen

Director of Marketing and Communications

Lexie is a vibrant communications and marketing specialist, with an emphasis on digital marketing. She is a Long Beach, California native who studied Political Science and International Relations at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She has experience with international, state, and local nonprofit initiatives; political and labor campaigns; and expanded learning education and policy. She is a trained youth facilitator in human relations, and volunteers as a mentor to engage elementary, middle, and high school students in dialogue focused on transforming and challenging oppression and inequities.


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Chairperson : Stephen Sherline

Vice-Chairperson : Jeff LaBauve

President and CEO : Denise Gutierrez

Secretary : Keith Drake

Treasurer : Sharie Sohrabkhani


James Park

SVP and Treasurer Cathay Bank

Frank Wimer III

Audit Committee Chair

Managing Director KPMG LLP

John Nickoll

President, retired Wells Fargo Foothill

Lorraine Thayer

District Manager Economics Education Department Federal Reserve Bank of SF

Anh Nguyen

Director/Consumer Banking Performance Manager Bank of America, N.A.

Sharie Sohrabkhani

Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Commercial Banking Senior Relationship Manager U.S. Bank Tower

Stephen E. Smith

Senior VP retired Honda Financial Services

Jeffrey M. LaBauve


Sr. Vice President- Group Manager Comerica Bank

Stephen Sherline, CFP

Board Chairperson

National Managing Director The Private Bank Union Bank

Kerry Rapanot

Investment Chair

Senior Vice President Payden & Rygel

Zack Rabadi

Marketing Committee Chair

Agency Field Leader State Farm Insurance

A. Barry Patmore

Managing Partner, retired Accenture

Denise Gutierrez

President and CEO

California Council on Economic Education

James R. Parks

Executive Director CBIZ MHM, LLC Tax and Adv Services

Alexander Golberg

Community Development Officer

First Credit Bank

Jim Charkins, Ph.D.

CCEE Chief Academic Officer

Director, Center for Economic Educ. CSU San Bernardino

William F. Coffin


Retired CCG Investor Relations

Dave Des Rochers

Vice President


Keith Drake


SVP, Commercial Banking Torrey Pines Bank

Greg Fisher

Programs Committee Chair

Principal Humanities & Arts Academy of LA

Ryan Mendoza

Development Committee Chair

Wells Fargo

Al Keahi

Management Consultant, Retired

Karen Anderson

Vice Chair - California Jump$tart

Joan Martin

Principal, Deal Matters

Allysunn Williams

CEO Central Valley Women's Business Center

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