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L.A. Area Chamber applauds Gov. Newsom's appointments of Guzman and Pattillo-Brownson

LOS ANGELES, CA — Following the Governor’s recent announcement regarding statewide appointments, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce released the following statement: 

“We are delighted with the appointment of Isabel Guzman as director of the Office of Small Business Advocate in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. With Lenny Mendonca at the helm, that office is already benefitting from tremendous leadership, and the addition of Isabel, who has a long history serving the small business community in the L.A. region, will help ensure that small businesses throughout the state have a voice in the Governor’s office,” said Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas. 

The Governor also announced the appointment of Bud Colligan as Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Trade. “This is a great reflection of the Governor’s commitment to expanding access to international markets for California businesses,” said Salinas.

Additionally, Salinas commented on the appointment of Kim Pattillo-Brownson to the State Board of Education. “We are pleased with the Governor’s deserving appointment of Kim Pattillo-Brownson. We are fortunate to have worked closely with Kim on cradle-to-career education issues through our Education & Workforce Development Council, of which she is a co-chair. We know that she will offer high-level expertise and knowledge to the Governor’s administration,” said Salinas.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit To coordinate an interview, please contact Mandy Denaux, or 213.580.7532.