Chris RicoPresident and CEO email@example.com (707) 864-1855
Before assuming the role of President/CEO of the Solano EDC, Chris founded LevelUP, a social enterprise with a unique vision to provide studios, networks, and creative agencies with a fully formed, diverse talent pipeline with candidates who have both creative and emotional competency. Chris has a breadth and diversity of experience across Economic Development, Entertainment, Education, Politics, and Philanthropy.
Prior to founding LevelUP, Chris led the Center for Innovation at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), a private nonprofit whose mission is the advance opportunity and prosperity for all Angelenos. Chris built InnovateLA, a multi-week, county wide innovation festival with over 150 events on the calendar. InnovateLA which tells the story of Los Angeles, a place where you can come to innovate anything. InnovateLA was recognized as the Grand Prize Winner for an economic development program by CALED, (California Association for Local Economic Development - the state’s leading professional development organization for those working to increase widely shared economic prosperity.)
While at the LAEDC, Chris also created and led the LAEDC’s industry cluster development efforts in Digital Media and Entertainment (DME) where he worked with both industry and academic institutions to build career pathways that best represent the diverse Los Angeles population.
Prior to his tenure at LAEDC Chris ran a digital media marketing campaign for Activate ED - a collaboration of The Broad Center, Education Pioneers, and the Strategic Data Project at Harvard— three top education organizations that all have missions to transform education outside the classroom by identifying, training, and supporting top leaders, managers, and analysts.
Activate ED recruited top talent and provided them with the support, tools and training they need to have a transformative impact on schools and students. As part of that campaign, Chris created and released a series of Education's Rock Star Videos.
Previously, Chris worked in multiple executive roles in film and television development and production in Hollywood. His passion for progressive values and social change prompted him to take those skills into the political arena where he worked with Arianna Huffington as a state organizer, Moveon.org as a lead organizer, and campaign director for a local ballot initiative to promote water conservation and sustainability in San Francisco. With a desire to better understand poverty and education in America on the front lines, Chris became a licensed special needs educator and worked with low income students at both Johnny Cochran Middle School in South LA and an opportunity youth focused charter school in the Bay Area.
Sean QuinnProject Manager firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 864-1855
Sean Quinn is a consultant in the areas of municipal government, economic development, planning and housing. He served as Interim City Manager of Fairfield in 2019.
Sean Quinn retired in 2014 as City Manager of Fairfield. He was appointed City Manager in 2007. Prior to becoming City Manager, he served as the Director of Community Development for Fairfield since 1995. In this position, he oversaw current and long-range planning, economic development, redevelopment, affordable housing, the Housing Authority, housing rehabilitation, neighborhood services, and publicly-owned housing.
Prior to Fairfield, Sean owned his own company providing real estate, economic development and redevelopment consulting to public and private agencies. He also has worked for a nonprofit community development company specializing in business financing and real estate development. He also worked for the Center for Business and Economic Research at Chico State University.
Educational Background: B.A., Business Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara; graduate work in finance, California State University, Chico.
J. Paul HarringtonProgram Manager email@example.com (707) 864-1855
Prior to joining the EDC Team, J.Paul leveraged his 15 plus years’ experience leading and developing sales teams as a general sales manager and finance director in the auto industry to follow his entrepreneurial spirit, launching several successful small businesses in Solano County.
He continues to demonstrate his passion for small businesses through the efforts of Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BAYREN) and our Solano Energy Watch program. When not spending time with his wife Nichelle and daughter Maxie; you’ll find J.Paul cycling the backroads of Solano County.
Sandy PersonExecutive Director, Travis Community Consortium firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 864-1855
Sandy Person brings over 35 years in economic development and real estate experience to the countywide membership organization. Sandy has called Solano County home for almost 30 years. A native of San Diego, she began working in commercial and investment real estate in San Diego in the late 1970s as a broker, property manager and asset manager.
In 1984, she became an instructor with City Colleges of Chicago, teaching real estate courses for the PACE Program (Programs for Afloat College Education) which involved teaching classes for military personnel in the US Navy and Marine Corp. in the Middle East, Asia, Washington and California. Upon relocating to Solano in 1987, Sandy’s professional background includes 10 years as projects manager for Ticor Title & Chicago Title Insurance (1987-1997), project manager for The Marina Group (1997-1999); and the Solano Economic Development Corporation (1999-present).
Pat UhrichOffice Manager email@example.com (707) 864-1855
Pat Uhrich has been with the Solano EDC since 1995. Her incredible organization and time management skills are an asset to the EDC. In her position as the office manager, Pat is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the office as well as coordinating special events, committee and Board of Directors meetings.
Pat earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in her home town of Philadelphia.