Chief Executive Officer
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Claudia Viek has been CEO of CAMEO since 2007.
Claudia has been a pioneer in both the Micro Enterprise and business incubation fields in California. She is the former Executive Director (14 years) of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Renaissance is an award winning training, financing and business incubation program in San Francisco. Claudia represents the State Micro-Business Associations on the AEO board. Claudia served on the Board of the National Business Incubation Association and founded the Pacific Incubation Network of business incubators from Baja to Alaska.
Claudia is the past President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NAWBO and continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards in her community.
In 2013, Claudia won three awards: 2013 Top 100 Small Business Influence Champion, Women Impacting Public Policy’s Policy Award, Women in Business Champion of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Small Business Administration and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Programs and Operations
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Shufina English joined CAMEO in 2009 as the Director of Programs and Operations. She is responsible for directing the operations of the organization as well as managing several programs including CAMEO’s ¡Viva! Las Microempresas and the California Self-Employment Tax Initiative.
Before joining CAMEO Shufina worked as a business broker between US Manufacturers, and South American textile factories where she became a specialist in sustainable, organic, and fair trade business practices. An entrepreneur at heart, Shufina started her own Micro Enterprise in 1997 to support her love of dancing! Visit Camp Swing.
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Heidi Pickman joined CAMEO in 2011 to develop and manage CAMEO’s communication and advocacy activities. Before joining CAMEO, she directed earned media activities for two California ballot initiatives and campaigned successfully to include clean energy provisions in the economic stimulus package of 2009. In her former career as a radio journalist, she produced national public radio programs including Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a C. Phil. in Economics from UCLA. She loves anything to do with Spain and dabbles in the fire arts.
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Andrew Cole brings over five years of nonprofit program coordination experience to CAMEO. Prior to joining CAMEO, he managed the office of an agency providing information, advocacy and support for people and families with developmental disabilities, and served as Board Secretary to a poetry organization based in Bellingham, Washington. He has coordinated a GED program for high school aged students in rural Washington, helping connect young adults to job development organizations, colleges, and training opportunities throughout the state. He has a B.A. in Mathematics from Grinnell College.
CAMEO Micro Lending and Rural Consultant
Susan Brown is a Business & Community Development Specialist with a specific focus on Business Finance and Rural Microenterprise. CAMEO engaged Susan to implement our Rural Initiative in 2008 and is now managing our partnerships with Kiva and Accion Texas’ MMS platform. Through her consulting service Susan provides strategic planning, facilitation, program development and grant writing services to non-profit organizations and government agencies as well as consulting services to small business owners.
CAMEO Veterans Outreach Consultant
Elizabeth “Liz” Perez-Halperin is the President and founder of GC Green Incorporated (GCG), a certified woman, Native American, and 9/11 service disabled veteran owned Green Build General Contracting and Consulting Firm. Prior to starting GCG, Liz was in the green build and engineering industry for six years in San Diego, and served in the United States Navy for over eight years as an Aviation Logistics Specialist. She is passionate about using her experience and network to help other Veterans to find job opportunities in the green economy and to promote to Veterans to seek out and follow their own entrepreneurial dreams. Towards that end, Liz currently serves on the San Diego State Sustainability Advisory Board as a job creation champion, and is Chairman of the Board of the Jonas Project – a nonprofit organization that assists Veterans in becoming entrepreneurs.
She is a member of the North Fork Mono Indian tribe.
Senior Director, Northern California
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Richard Harmon joined TPA in January. Most recently Richard was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 as the Legislative Deputy for Caltrans, where he served as the liaison between the Governor’s Administration and the State Legislature and Congress on transportation issues. He has worked extensively with Small Business Development Centers and the federal Economic Development Administration to help businesses in struggling and hard-hit areas of the State.
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Ann Sullivan is the President of Madison Services Group, Inc. (MSGI), a woman-owned company that provides government relations and business development services to corporate and non-profit clients. She brings many years of government relations experience in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, serving in key advisory roles. Ms. Sullivan works with the United States Congress, Executive Office, and government agencies to garner national attention for clients’ issues. Her expertise includes business development programs, government procurement, healthcare, export development, and tax issues affecting small businesses. MSGI specializes in outreach to the small business community with an emphasis on women-owned and minority businesses.