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Seasoned professionals in economics and financial literacy education

Joshua Mitton

Chief Programs Officer

Joshua Mitton is Chief Program Officer at the California Council on Economic Education. He also teaches economics at Irvine Valley College. Joshua was drawn to economics education from the early days of studying the subject. After reading his initial college economics text the first weekend it was assigned, he went on to obtain a B.A. in Economics from Idaho State University, and Master’s in Economics from Cal State Fullerton. Early work as a tutor for the department kindled an interest in helping others to learn and love economics. Additional opportunities working as a graduate assistant in the Center for Economic Education came along and led to his work with CCEE. Now his key focus at CCEE is ensuring that economics is accessible, practical and empowering for teachers and their students, and that teachers are valued and supported in their efforts.


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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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Carmen Solorzano

Programs Manager

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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Denise Gutierrez

President and CEO

Denise Gutierrez has dedicated her career to economically empowering youth through education by providing resources and programs to help them reach their goals. She began her educational journey at Chaffey Community College. 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. During her time in higher education, she helped produce multiple programs to enhance the first-generation undergraduate experience. Denise currently serves on the California Jump$tart Board and Council on Economic Education Network Advisory Committee. 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. She praises her four children for being her biggest inspiration.


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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

Gloria Rogers

California Credit Union

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