MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California is led by a steering committee representing financial institutions, nonprofits, small business programs, and microlenders who are dedicated to improving small business development in inland Southern California.
Board of Directors
- Michelle Skiljan – (Chair) – Executive Director, Inland Empire Women’s Business Center (IEWBC)
- Brandon Sellers – (Treasurer) – V.P. Community Development, AmPac Business Capital
- Alfred J. Arguello – Senior Vice President, Market President, Inland Empire, Bank of America
- Mark Berndt – Administrative Services Analyst II, Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside)
- Karen I. Suarez – Community Relations Consultant, Wells Fargo Bank
- Michael Gialluly – (Secretary) – V.P. Business Development Officer, Pacific Premier Bank
- Christine Sanchez – Business Development Officer, ACCION, Southern California
- Adela Escobar – Loan Consultant, Opportunity Fund
- Stacey Sanchez – Senior Community Loan Officer, CDC Small Business Finance
- Vincent McCoy – Director, Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IESBDC)
With over thirty years of experience in the microbusiness development field, Executive Director Catherine Marshall was appointed as MicroEnterprise Collaborative Executive Director in 2018. Prior to that, she served as Project Director for the MicroEnterprise Collaborative since 2014.
Catherine has trained and counseled small businesses, founded her own microbusiness nonprofit, and led California’s state association of microenterprise programs. Over the past 12 years she has helped launch or grow several microbusiness state associations and asset building coalitions throughout the U.S. She’s also the author of the book, Field Building: Your Blueprint for Creating an Effective and Powerful Social Movement (available at independent bookstores and on Amazon).
Tyra Wheeler-Zubia started working as a Program Manager for Microenterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California in 2019. Ms. Wheeler-Zubia has more than 15 years of experience managing programs and projects focused on higher education success, workforce development, and bridging the gap for underrepresented populations. While working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), she assisted efforts to encourage minority-serving institutions to pursue opportunities offered through Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.
Primary Partner Organization
AmPac Business Capital generously serves as a partner by providing an office location and administrative support for the Microenterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California.