The SoCal Aerospace Council is wholly focused on supporting and building the most competitive aerospace community in the world, to grow our businesses and foster job creation. Our purview combines a cluster of industry sectors including aerospace, defense, space and adjacent/enabling technology.

Our industry cluster development efforts are consolidated around three main pillars:

Business Development:  Facilitate growth and competitive advantage by understanding global markets, developing local capabilities, and leveraging our vast supply chain.

Technology Innovation:  Leverage global technology advancement coupled with local technology innovation to grow ideas into new offerings that create technological superiority for our national defense and commercial applications.

Policy Input:  Ensure the voice of our expansive local industry is heard and incorporated into specific policy recommendations that support the future vitality of our region.

The SoCal Aerospace Council also serves as an additional gateway to applicable business assistance and trade facilitation services offered through the LAEDC and counterpart SoCal EDC systems.  We encourage your participation to help the region work together. Make your voice heard.

Our participants include elected officials, prime contractors and suppliers, labor organizations, research institutions, government aerospace organizations, education and workforce development organizations — all the stakeholders who together define the rich aerospace ecosystem of our region!

One page description of the Council here.
A list of the Council’s accomplishments can be found here.


Join SoCal Aerospace Council

To join the SoCal Aerospace Council, please complete the contact form below. If you would like to become an LAEDC member, which supports the SCAC Council please click here. If you have questions or wish to bring an issue to the attention of team, send an email to Aerospace & Defense Industry Cluster Development at LAEDC.


  1. Resolve the Imbalance Between the Demand for Skilled Aerospace Talent and its Supply
    • Partner with workforce system players to develop and implement relevant job training and intermediary programs
    • Connect aerospace employers with local community colleges, Cal State Universities, and other local 4-year colleges and universities to develop and operationalize workforce training programs
  2. Improve the Regulatory, Labor, and Tax Cost Landscape for Aerospace Businesses
    • Develop and advocate for recommendations to structure and focus local, county and state tax and/or other incentives to better support our aerospace and other defense-related industries
    • Advocate for reasonable flexibility on certain regulations that inhibit growth, worker productivity and efficient running of a business without providing comparable benefits to workers and/or the environment
  3. Increase the Number of “Export-ready” Aerospace Supplier Firms
    • Engage our research institutions, universities and other stakeholders in efforts to advance innovation and, in doing so, increase the export capacities of our local aerospace, analytical instrument and defense-related sectors
    • Provide market research that helps increase business development capacities at local firms
    • Introduce firms to proven, effective export and procurement service programs
  4. Grow and Deploy “Red Carpet” to Provide Rapid Assistance to Aerospace Businesses
    • Encourage high-level decision makers and elected officials to reach out to aerospace firms and bring resources to bear on mitigating any challenges they might have
    • Increase public visibility of the aerospace industry’s concerns, challenges, and major opportunities
  5. Position our Region to Secure Aerospace Programs and Contracts
    • Mobilize regional stakeholders to effectively compete for major government procurement and private contract opportunities
  6. Promote the Preeminence of Our Region’s Aerospace Industry
    • Create value propositions that highlight and tell the story about the region’s strengths in aerospace and defense
    • Ensure significant representation at global aerospace industry conferences, forums and events

Meeting Schedule

To receive the current meeting schedule and participate in calls, please send a quick email to [email protected].

Membership & Contact Info

Members are aerospace and defense companies and organizations in Southern California as well as elected officials.  For additional information please contact Aerospace & Defense Industry Cluster Development at 213-236-4852 , or [email protected]. Co-Chairs David Blanco or Mike Quindazzi, may be contacted at (David) 626-437-7914 or [email protected] , and (Mike) 714-697-1716.

For media inquiries, please contact Lawren Markle at [email protected]

Existing Membership of LAEDC’s SoCal Aerospace Council (updated 4/28/2015)

Louis Stewart Governor’s Office
Nicholas Greif LA City Mayor’s Office
Mike Quindazzi PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Daina Moore LAEDC
Jennifer Bayer Hospital Association of Southern California
Nancy Jordan  LAEDC
Efrem Bycer San Diego Regional EDC
David Riccitiello Supervisor Mark Ridley’s Office
Jim Cooper PortTech LA
Michael DiVirgilio Southwest Defense Alliance
Jeff K Joyner Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Halston Howard Jackson Aerospace
Terry Norris Precision Labs
Jose Ramirez East Los Angeles College
Sara Mitchell Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA)
David Blanco Performance Ascent, Inc.
Kimberly Maevers Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA)
Judi Erickson Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
David Flaks LAEDC
Lawren Markle
Misha (Michelle) Houser LAEDC
Elsa Flores LAEDC
Linden Johnson LAEDC
Rick Smith Veolia North America
Antonio Manning JP Morgan Chase Bank
Stephen Kennedy Canada.
Jeff Malin Office of Governor Jerry Brown
Ann Lee Carpenter t @porttechla
Wade Crowfoot Office of Governor Jerry Brown
Kamyar Khashayar East Los Angeles College
Norm Hickling Supervisor Antonovich
Matt Petteruto Orange County Business Council
Poonam Kulkarni CanAm Enterprises
Jeff Mankey Office of Governor Jerry Brown
Lara Larramendi Congressmember Hahn
Haider Alawami City Manager’s Office
Maricela Hernandez City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Developme
Henryetta Andrade UAW
Brad Jensen San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Yvonne j Employment Training Panel
Ed Mofrad Mofrad Financial Solutions
Maral Hernandez IEEP
Tom Lasser Wings, Wheels, Rotors & Expo
Mina Layba City of Thousand Oaks
Scott Rubke Glendale Community College
Lennie Ciufo Los Angeles Valley College
Nick Schultz PG WIN
Chris LeMarr BizFed, LA County Business Federation
Doug Arsenault Valley Industry & Commerce Association
nick real Cerritos College
Belle Gomez Cerritos College – Economic Development
Mike Miller Wild Horse Labs
Dustan Batton CalInnovates
Tony Cardenas
Mark Garcia Dentons
Victoria Minetta City of Los Angeles
Maria Nieto Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth Emmens Chubb Group
Bryan Chambers Veolia North America
Somjita Mitra
Patrick Eberlein PortTech LA
Holly Schroeder Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation
Joe Klocko College of the Canyons
Bruce Swope
Samantha Beasley Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
David Magilnick PDS Tech
Viggo Butler United Airports Limited
Tod Sword Southern California Edison
Edward Rendon San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance
Arthur Zhang 91731
Paul De La Cerda East Los Angeles College
Marissa Martin Los Angeles County
Jeff Caplan Caplan Law
Chris Buthe CMTC California Manufacturing Technology Co
Julia Potter California State University, Northridge
Chris Girdwood Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation
Ogbonnaya Oke Los Angeles County
Ashish Vaidya CalState LA
Mehrdad Sharbaf Loyola Marymount University
Robert Meyer Employment Training Panel
Sallie Salinas OC One Stop
Jason Nelsen Exelis
Glyn Milburn LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office
John Prez Capitol Office
Kerry Gerot Long Beach Airport
Mary Ann Lutz Monrovia
Steven Napolitano County of Los Angeles
Stenslie Bruce Economic Development Collaborative Ventura County
Randall Garber AT Kearney
Charl Van Der Merwe
Fran Fulton City of Torrance
Adecco Government
Gaston Castellanos Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez – 46th District
Alissa Mccurley
Veronica Servin Southern California Leadership COuncil
Bill Allen
Jessica Duboff City of Los Angeles
Chris McDonald Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Ruben Gonzalez
Joe Ahn Ahn Northrop Grumman
Mike Gin City of Redondo Beach
Larry Newnam Community Development Commission of LA County
Bill Buratto VCEDA
Congressmember McCarthy Congressmember Kevin McCarthy
David Herbst Vectis Strategies, LLC
Trevor Daley
Yvette Martinez Office of Senator Boxer
Joseph Antunez CSUN
Larry Schultz Hein & Associates, LLP
Bob Frazier Frazier Aviation
Carlos Urquiza Congressmember Loretta Sanchez
Has Patel Infologic, Inc.
Eva Blaisdell California Space Center
Lisa Easterly San Diego EDC
Sabrina Steele The Aerospace Corporation
Sean Barr San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporatio
George Burden UAW Local 148
Cheryl Burnett Office of Supervisor Knabe
Norris Tie Northrop Grumman
Rob Frazier Frazier Aviation
Gerald Washington City of Glendale
Dion Jackson USC
Eric Boyd Office of Congressmember Janice Hahn
Jacki Bacharach South Bay Cities COG
Jim Light Linquest
Carlos Cruz Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce
Amanda Smith BOB Search
Niki Tennant Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
Amy Magat US Commercial Service
Eliza Sheppard AIAA LA Section
Al Devile Aerospace Consulting Group
liz Shapiro BizFed
Anthony Rendon Assemblymember Anthony Rendon
Jorg Largent
Donny Brooks Workforce Investment Board
Varaz Shahmirian UCLA Extension
Amy Grat International Trade Education Programs Inc.
Lee Mason Clarke Engineering
Robert Hawrylo United Precision Corp.
Ivan Rosenberg Aerospace & Defense Forum
I Pilsbury
Jeff Gerow Senior Aerospace
Barry Parsons
Barbara Voss LAEDC
Peter Ruiz Ruiz LAEDC
Kevin Anderson Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board
Cindy Gompper-Graves South County EDC
Delia Valdivia U.S. Commercial Service
Nancy Jones Coastline College
Ron Pike CalPoly Pomona
Rory Schlueter
Sarah Hovsepian
Ed Tackett University of California, Irvine
Patricia Carlson Irvine Valley College
Saddleback College
Bob Nelson UAW
Andrew Munoz OCWIB
Matthew Sanford San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporatio
Wendy South County EDC
Joseph Vinatieri Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP
John Popoch Councilmember Blumenfield
Marlalee Horne Capitol Office
Mitra Novin The Boeing Company
Norman Arikawa Port of Los Angeles
MyLoc Dinh Office of Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
Tracy Rafter BizFed
Diana Mateos Vinatieri Law Firm
Monica Loera-Martinez Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
Todd Mcnamee County of Ventura
Alex Kung Vernon
James Sly East County EDC
Marti Rodriguez
Alfonso Sanchez
Ashish Vaidya, Ph.D. California State University, Los Angeles
Nilo Michelin City of Hawthorne
George Uhl Community Bank
ASC Process Systems
Steven Griswold Griswold Insurance
Laurel Shockley Southern California Edison
Billie Greer Southern California Leadership Council
Angelica Frausto City of Whittier
Benjamin Cardenas Congressmember Napolitano
Harry Hellenbrand CSUN
Robert Bragaw Liquidity Services, Inc.
Oliver Rosenbloom Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Develop
Subodh Bhandari CSU Pomona
chris powell Industrial Interface, Inc.
Flyspan Systems
Vinny Capobianco Autonomous Systems Integration Services
Rocky Chavez Capitol Office
Elainea Robbins Los Angeles Urban League
Al Austin City of Long Beach
Eric Fox Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Jenny Scanlin LA City
Gus Romo City of Irwindale
David Englin BizFed
David Lesser City of Manhattan Beach
Craig Johnson Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network
James Watson California Manufacturing Technology Consulting
Nicole Englund County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Gloria
Venise Jones City of Los Angeles WIB
Michele Guilford Anthem Blue Cross
Marie Talnack California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Weston LaBar PEAR
Miguel Canales City of Artesia
Micheál O’Leary City of Culver City
Lori Woods City of Signal Hill
Martinez & Turek, Inc.
Steven Diels AAMCOM
Tina Cravens City of Azusa
Dennis Wonica Laser Light Networks
Vicki Medina Antelope Valley Board of Trade
Cynthia Torres US Commercial Service
Renee Young Airbus Americas Inc
Darin Chidsey Southern California Association of Governments
Ludwig Hantson Los Angeles City Workforce Investment Board
Jacqueline Owens Congressmember McKeon
Donald Rhea ClancyJG
Behnam Bahr CalPoly Pomona
Ben Kushner Manufacturing Institute
Eileen Shibley
Ken Striplin City of Santa Clarita
Bob Machuca LAEDC
Barbara Levine LAEDC
Suzanne Fuentes City of El Segundo
David Childs City of Palmdale
Ana Dragin Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino
Robert Kleinhenz LAEDC
Steve Moon Duff and Phelps
Harris Communications
Alicia Villarreal Stroz Friedberg
Ashley Swartout San Diego Regional EDC
Pamela de Liz ZO-EX LLC
Mayor Ledford City of Palmdale
Carrie Rogers LAEDC
Bonnie Bair International Trade Education Programs Inc.
Benn Jackson Jackson Aerospace
Gretchen West Auvsi
Kim Shaw City of Palmdale
Linda Herrell Parsons
Mike Bonin City of Los Angeles
Michael Conway City of Long Beach
Kellie Johnson ACE Clearwater Enterprises
Pilar Hoyos Watson Land Company
Jo-Marie Diamond East County EDC
Ernie Villegas Office of Assemblymember Jeff Gorell
Jennifer Zivkovic Office of Senator Ted W. Lieu, 28th District
Jonathan Kraus Councilmember Al Austin, Long Beach
Andrew Traum ATK
Jim Maclellan Port of Los Angeles
Vern Lawson City of Lancaster
Jason Crawford City of Santa Clarita
Randy Sossaman UAW Local 148
Leilani Sinclair Airbus
Phong Ly Office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal, CA-47
Prof.Alan Tratner California Space Enterprise Center Project
steven aguilar Mach 1
Arvid Von Nordenflycht AMAIR Co
Chris Powell Industrial Interface
Glendale Community College
Paula Gibson CMTC
Dan Gagne AT Kearney
Sukmar Ramanan Alcoa Fastening
Tamika Taylor City of Los Angeles
Arlet Abrahamian Congressmember Lowenthal
Paul Boonchit McGladrey LLP
Kelli Cutts Naval AIR Warfare Center
John Frate National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Suresh Mahajan MT Solutions Group Inc.
David Ruiz The Boeing Company
Lea Sulkala U.S. House of Representatives
Lisa Moulton Congressman Steven Knight
Gloria Moore CCD/Wilshire Metro WorkSource
Debbie Cabreira Johnson LA County Office of Small Business
Christine Cooper LAEDC
Elise McCaleb City of Signal Hill
AT Kearney
Theresa Andrews CONNECT
Gabriela Marquez Office of Congressman Tony Cardenas
Mahsa Aliaskari Polsinelli, LLP
Kimberly Ritter-Martinez LAEDC
Jan Swinton Glendale Community College
Gerrie Schipske Water Replenishment District
Brittaney Kimmel Middle Market Banking
Neel Morey Los Angeles Commercial Bank
Audrey Noda
Jack Connell China Lake Alliance
Jim Van Ackeren Honeywell
Barry Friedland
Dan Burton Drone Base
Jack Ryan NASA
Edmund Burke Space Information Labs
Cynthia Kurtz San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Ray Elledge Veri Surf
Brian Mineghino Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell
Ron Olson Royal Coatings
Mathew Grisebach Bank of America
Toni Wells McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Brent Page Adecco Government
Brock Christoval Flyspan Systems
Joe Zummo Raytheon Company
Melissa Metz Exelis
Charlene Ashton CalPoly Pomona
Bill Allen LAEDC
Benjamin Brus LAEDC
Llewellyn Cox LAB Launch
Jim Dear Carson
carlos gutierrez Larta Institute
Michael Jackson South Bay Association Chamber of Commerce
Justine Hunter Moss Adams LLP
Jill Lederer Conejo Chamber of Commerce
Hansen Marsha El Segundo Chamber of Commerce
Gregg McClain Hawthorne
Tina McKinnor Assemblymember Autumn Burke
Constanza Pachon Larta Institute
Olivia Valentine City of Hawthorne
Lauren Vasquez City of Monrovia
David Wright DEWright, Inc.
Andreas Mueller California Military Department
Boris Beljak, Jr. A&M Engineering
Jeff Hynes Composites Horizons
Chris Cagle South Bay Workforce Investment Board
Gary Johnson ACE Clearwater
Rohit Shukla LARTA Institute
Ross Bell Aerospace States Association, CA Chapter
Joseph Torres LAEDC
Sandra Sisco California Community Colleges
Robert Hess Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Nelson Paez Dreamhammer
Gregory Washington University of California, Irvine
Dave Louden Assemblymember Hadley
Sabiha Khan US Senator Feinstein’s Office
Broc Coward City of Long Beach – Councilmember Lowenthal
Jesse Gipe San Diego Regional EDC
Melanie Cuevas Office of Assemblyman David Hadley
Brandon Matson Torrance Chamber of Commerce
Yvette Shahinian Office of Congressmember Linda Sanchez
Henry H. Soto CalPoly Pomona
Samuel Liu Senator Allen
Christian Kropff Congressmember Linda Sanchez
Matt Levesque City of Santa Clarita
Heidi Wettstein Office of Senator Patricia Bates
Ricardo Mendoza Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
Henry Rogers Pear Strategies/SBACC
Tom Brewer Assemblymember Hadley
Kara Medrano
Ricardo Mendoza Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard
Richard DalBello Virgin Galactic
Will Pomerantz Virgin Galactic
Sarah Wiltfong Assemblymember Hadley
Adam Davis City of Santa Clarita
Corey Jacobson Congressmember Lieu
Rito Guerra Governor’s Military Advisory Council
Howard Fletcher Fusion Formatics
George Andreas Assemblymember Lackey
Frank Speck Fusion Formatics
Lee Harris Golden Eagle Manufacturing
Francois Chopard Starburst Accelerator
Vandad Espahbodi Starburst Accelerator
Tim Townsend Assemblymember Tom Lackey

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