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7th Annual Regional Economic Summit

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 9:30 am – 12noon | Virtual Event

Please join us for MBEP’s 7th Annual Regional Economic Summit. Topics include: How our region is doing economically and the opportunities ahead to reimagine our region while taking advantage of relief and stimulus funds. We’ll hear about innovative ways to help our workers upskill and reskill. Dee Dee Myers, Senior Advisor to the Governor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), will join us to share what the State is doing to keep companies in California, insights into the current legislative session, and the implications for our region from these policies, and how the budget surplus is being used to provide relief to businesses affected by the pandemic.

Explore the event recap from our 6th Annual Regional Economic Summit.


Meet Our Speakers

Derek Hansen

Co-Founder & CEO
Mynt Systems

Dr. Fernando Lozano

Professor of Economics, Pomona College
Chair, Department of Economics

Jessica Morse

Deputy Secretary
Forest Resources Management,
California Natural Resources Agency

Derek Hansen Bio

Derek Hansen has had a passion for all things Building Performance since childhood and began working part-time, as a teenager, in his father’s company TGC, Inc. Following his passion for architecture, he worked as an intern at the prestigious Thatcher and Thompson Architects before moving into construction during the housing boom in Hawaii in the mid-’90s.

Upon his father’s pleading to return back to Santa Cruz to be groomed to eventually run the family company he began working his way up the ranks until, after 15 years, reaching the role of Chief Executive Officer. Within his 5 years at the helm, he worked with his team to more than double company revenue and build a national presence.

While running the company, Derek wrote the business plan for a company idea that he’d been working on for a number of years (Mynt Systems). While developing the plan with his wife and business partner, he pitched a number of investment groups and in a short time found the perfect fit in a private and unnamed group that had tremendous experience in the energy and commercial real estate space.

Mynt Systems was born from a desire to create a paradigm shift in the energy and sustainability world by combining multiple functions that would result in a turn-key model with massive results for people, planet, and profit. Since its inception, Mynt has broken new and uncharted ground by reimagining commercial and
industrial real estate by bringing new value to both owners and tenants while simultaneously reducing carbon footprint. Mynt’s reputation for dynamic and groundbreaking work began to attract Fortune 500 clients and some of the top talent in their fields such as Robert Hymes, now Chief Development Officer,
formerly of Solar City’s Commercial division and Heliopower before that.

Derek is known for his far reaching vision and the ability to inspire others with his passion. Derek’s uncanny ability to find and recruit top talent has grown the Mynt Systems team into one of the most dynamic and capable groups in the market. It’s Derek’s mission to prove that not only can legendary results be achieved for people, planet, it can also be wildly profitable for businesses, simultaneously.

Derek believes that Mynt is pioneering a new form of commerce in which the zero-sum game of corporate finance is outmoded by one where legendary results are achieved by everyone from the people working in the buildings they renovate, to the community in which they work.

When not at work Derek can be found teaching Jiu Jitsu, skateboarding with his 10 and 12 year old sons, or reading the latest book on spiritual enlightenment or quantum physics. Derek is committed to living in the service of others and hopes his mission can be an example for others in the pursuit of their dreams.

Dr. Fernando Lozano Bio
Fernando Lozano received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently Professor of Economics at Pomona College, and Chair of the Department of Economics. He serves as co-chair to the California’s Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Fernando is a labor economist whose research focuses on immigration, labor supply and leisure trends. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor IZA in Bonn, Germany. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, and many other academic journals.

Fernando Lozano was president of the American Society of Hispanic Economists, was a member of the American Economic Association Committee in the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession, a mentor in the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics, and the American Economic Association Mentoring Program.

Jessica Morse Bio

Jessica Morse is the Deputy Secretary for Forest Resources Management at the California
Natural Resources Agency. In her role, she is working to increase the pace and scale of
forest restoration and emergency fuel breaks throughout California.

Prior to joining the Newsom administration, Jessica spent nearly ten years in National Security working for the Defense Department, State Department, and the US Agency for International Development. Her assignments included a year and a half in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as India, Myanmar, and US Pacific Command in Hawaii.

Throughout her career, she designed and executed innovative strategies across agencies and governments, including a strategy using renewable energy technology transfer as a catalyst for improving US defense engagement with India.

Jessica is a 5th generation Northern Californian. She and her family still own their original homestead forestland near Tahoe. Her Sierra roots translated into a deep love of the outdoors. Jessica can be found backpacking, skiing, and fishing throughout the Sierra. She even hiked 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Ms. Morse holds a Masters of Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Principia College. In 2018, Morse ran for Congress against Tom McClintock in California’s 4th
Congressional District.

Dee Dee Myers

Senior Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom,
Director of the Governor’s Office of

Business and Economic Development

Dr. Tiffany Wise-West

Sustainability and Climate Action Manager
City of Santa Cruz

Dee Dee Myers Bio

Dee Dee Myers is Senior Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. She brings more than three decades of experience in strategic communications, public affairs, corporate governance, and social responsibility in both the public and private sectors.

Most recently, she served as Executive Vice
President, Worldwide Corporate Communications
and Public Affairs for Warner Bros. She was a
member of the company’s executive committee
and advised the CEO on a wide range of issues.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Ms. Myers served as
Managing Director of the Glover Park Group.
Ms. Myers served as White House Press Secretary during President Bill Clinton’s first term and was the first woman to hold the position. After leaving
the White House, she worked as a political analyst, commentator, and writer as well as a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She is the author of The New
York Times best-selling book “Why Women Should Rule the World” and served as a consultant on the Emmy Award-winning drama series “The West Wing.”

Before joining the Clinton presidential campaign in 1991, Ms. Myers worked on a number of local, state, and national campaigns. She served as press secretary for Dianne Feinstein in her 1990 bid for governor of California and worked on the presidential campaigns of Governor Michael S. Dukakis and Vice President Walter F. Mondale. She also worked on the staffs of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and California State Senator Art Torres.

Dr. Tiffany Wise-West Bio
Dr. Tiffany Wise-West is the Sustainability and Climate Action Manager for the City of Santa Cruz. A licensed civil engineer with over 25 years of experience in municipal environmental infrastructure and policy planning, design, and implementation, Tiffany specializes in collaborating across sectors to deliver award-winning and impactful climate resilience initiatives. Tiffany also serves as the chair of the Santa Cruz County Commission on the Environment, is the recent former chair and a current steering committee member of the Central Coast Climate Collaborative and serves on the board of directors for Central Coast Energy Services, a nonprofit organization providing energy education and services to people in need.