LaMecia Butler is a Program Manager for Facebook Global Supplier Diversity whose mission is to help diverse-owned businesses do business with Facebook and with the people and communities it connects. She manages the team global partnership and supplier community engagement efforts. Prior to Facebook, LaMecia worked in previous supplier diversity roles for Super Bowl LI in Houston and Super Bowl 50 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ricardo was born in the Voz Andes Hospital in Quito, Ecuador. At the time, his American father was a Peace Corps volunteer, and his Ecuadorian mother was the director of an orphanage. In the early ’80s, the young family eventually made their way to Raleigh, NC, where they suddenly had to adapt to a new culture and new language. That move was the start of a fascination with culture and the role media plays in shaping it.
Before founding the motion design studio in Los Angeles with Hung, Ricardo was a Partner at Myriad Media, a production company in Raleigh + Vancouver. He has 20 years of experience collaborating with brands and agencies like IBM, McKinney, 72andSunny, Red Hat, Vans, The World Bank, and Sustainable Harvest International. He once traveled to rural Honduras to direct a documentary about slash-and-burn farming. On this trip, his gear got soaked by monsoon rains, leaving him with a pair of flip-flops instead of boots. During one outing in the rural foothills near the Guatemalan border, he came face to face with a Two-Step snake. If you’re bitten, you take two steps and die. Glad that didn’t happen.
Ricardo’s ultimate goal in life is simple—be a good dad. He has a beautiful, kind wife and two young children who keep him happy, down-to-earth, and full of life. Listening to music, eating healthy foods, watching Chef’s Table, and reading books like Good to Great and Shoe Dog are what keep him inspired and curious. He also loves traveling, mainly to South America. Favorite MC: Nas. Favorite Movie: City of God. Favorite Food: Ceviche. Favorite Cities: NYC + LA + Barcelona.
Shannon Hoppes is a native Angeleno, born and raised in San Pedro, attending Leland Street Elementary and San Pedro High School. She is a 26 year veteran of the City and a passionate believer in operational excellence. Shannon is a disrupter in both her personal and professional life, always asking why and challenging the status quo. Previously, as Executive Officer of the City Clerk, she brought about multiple successful systems implementations and process improvements that brought consistency, innovation, and transparency to the City of Los Angeles. She believes her biggest accomplishment has been about shifting the internal culture and empowering employees to bring about innovative change. Shannon was one of the original members of the Mayor’s Operation Innovation Team, where she was instrumental in building the case for a holistic procurement approach in the City of Los Angeles. As the Chief Procurement Officer, Shannon will utilize her strengths in creating a robust, transparent, and fair procurement environment that will allow for increased economic prosperity for the residents of Los Angeles.
Elizabeth "Libby" Williams has over 24 years of economic development experience working in Southern California.
Through her consulting practice, she provides services to local governments, elected officials, non-profits and small businesses. Her work includes organizing an Economic Opportunity Forum for elected officials in LA County’s 2ndSupervisorial District, B2B Matchmaking events for the City and County of Los Angeles and a Transportation Infrastructure Conference for the National Association of Minority Contractors, Southern California chapter.
More recently, Ms. Williams was under contract with the USC Center for Economic Development where she served as project manager for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal). In her role, she helped support and strengthen the aerospace and defense manufacturing ecosystem by providing needed support services through the partnership.
She worked as the Managing Director of the Office of Small Business, for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic & Business Policy, where she served as an advocate for the Los Angeles small business community within City Hall. Prior to working for the City of Los Angeles, Ms. Williams was Director of the Small Business Program at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In 2007, Ms. Williams became the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Economy and Jobs Committee, a private-sector advisory board created by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to work with him on key issues of economic development and quality job creation in Los Angeles. From 1996 to 2006, Ms. Williams worked for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation in the Business Assistance Program, and was responsible for identifying opportunities and developing community economic development programs and initiatives to stimulate economic growth.
Ms. Williams has a BA and an MPA from California State University at Long Beach, and a Master in Leadership from the University of Southern California. She has also completed the USC Lusk Center Ross Minority Program in Real Estate.
Rosa Penaloza joined the City of Los Angeles Economic Workforce Development Department as a Senior Project Coordinator in March 2020 to lead BusinessSource Center operations. She brings more than 20 years of workforce and economic development experience. She has a passion for service and is a results-driven professional with program management and administration expertise in both the private and public sectors.
Prior to joining EWDD, Ms. Penaloza served as a Program Director for Catholic Charities of Los Angeles where she was the administrator with oversight of government programs including Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, YouthBuild, Department of Social Service Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, County of LA Probation Department INVEST, housing and federal Community Development Block Grant. Her responsibilities included financial management of $20M in funding and numerous centers throughout Los Angeles. She was responsible for private foundation grants and raised over $700 thousand in grants with GAP International, Bank of America, and United Way. She established and implemented four America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) for the County of Los Angeles and hosted the grand opening of the first fully integrated AJCC with career technical education and workforce services on the campus of Southwest College. She played a key role in establishing partnerships between the Los Angeles College District, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, and non-profits in South Los Angeles. Ms. Penaloza was a key collaborator in the grand opening of the Entrepreneur Center in East Los Angeles in partnership with the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, Department of Consumer Business Affairs, Workforce Development Aging, and Community Services, Public Works, Department of Regional Planning, and Public Health.
Ms. Penaloza spent more than 10 years with ResCare in Riverside County as a Director of Workforce operations in partnership with the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. While in the County of Riverside, Ms. Penaloza led economic and workforce operations for youth and businesses. Her leadership was recognized for developing innovative programs and responsible for over eleven million in funding. She developed a National Youth Advocacy leadership program, participated in a national study with the US Department of Labor, served as Chair of the Riverside County Youth Council for 4 years, and a Workforce Development Board member.
Ms. Penaloza holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the National Association Workforce Board, California Association of Local Economic Development, California Workforce Association, and California Council of Excellence.
Ms. Penaloza is an entrepreneur and small business owner of professional consulting services and commercial truck washing express. She enjoys giving back to the community, mentoring youth, life coaching, and is a proud member of Rotary International.
Gilbert Buchanan, MA is a 20-year veteran business compliance and management consultant who owns Buchanan & Associates, a small business planning and diversity program management firm established in 2006 to help entrepreneurs and small businesses become business-ready, contract-ready and bank loan-ready.
He has successfully worked with DBE/MBE/SBE firms within public works, construction, retail, service, and manufacturing environments.
Gilbert is one of the key business coaches and facilitators of the Southern California Edison EDGE Supplier Diversity Contract-Readiness training program for Community-based small businesses in Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sacramento, and Moreno Valley regions.
He possesses a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Binghamton University at the State of New York.
Robert Murphy works for Los Angeles County Public Works - one of the largest Public Works agencies in the nation with a workforce of 4000 employees and an annual budget of over $2 billion.
Robert oversees the Business Outreach and Compliance Unit in the Business Relations and Contracts Division, which provides business-friendly contracting opportunities, as well as a broad range of programs designed to promote local economic growth and prosperity.
Robert attended Pepperdine University where he earned two business degrees with a focus on management and finance.
Robert Mancillas is the Lead Procurement Supervisor at Los Angeles County Public Works. He attended UC Berkeley where he majored in Sociology. He joined the County of Los Angeles in 2011 as an entry level Intermediate Clerk with Public Works and then promoted to Public Works Procurement Services in 2013. He will be celebrating 10 years of public service in November 2021.