CAMEO Welcomes Jesse Torres as Incoming Board Chair

CAMEO is proud to announce Jesse Torres as our incoming board chair for 2020. 

Jesse Torres is the principal and founder of ArroyoWest LLC, a consulting firm based in Los Angeles County.  He is the former Small Business Advocate for the State of California and Deputy Director of Small Business and Innovation for Governor Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for three years. As California’s primary advocate for small businesses, Torres successfully secured more than $108 million in state general funds for the federal small business technical assistance providers in California. His portfolio included high profile programs such as the state’s Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, the state’s defense supplier diversification and cyber resiliency program, CASCADE, the California Cybersecurity IT Health Advisory Board, and the California Cyber Innovation Challenge. In addition, Torres led small business recovery efforts for GO-Biz following major disasters.

We are thrilled to welcome Jesse to lead our board. Jesse brings a high-level experience that will enrich CAMEO as we grow and provide more value to our members and the entrepreneurs they serve.

Carolina Martinez, Chief Executive Officer of CAMEO

Prior to joining GO-Biz in 2015, Torres served as Director for the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network and is a former Director of Alumni Affairs for the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

Torres is a Southern California native and received his Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles. Torres also serves on the City of Los Angeles Small Business Commission and the boards of Associated Students UCLA, Northern California SBDC Network, Project Grad LA, Scale LA, SEE-LA, and Union Station Homeless Services.

The other members of the CAMEO Board’s Executive Committee are:

  • Rani Langer-Croager, Vice-president
  • Vincent McCoy, Secretary
  • Devin McAlpine, Treasurer