|Joel Fox is the president of the Small Business Action Committee, founded in 2003 to battle for small businesses on important political issues.Since 1999 Mr. Fox has operated his own public affairs consulting firm, Joel Fox Consulting. Prior to starting his own firm, he was with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for 19 years, serving as the association’s president from 1986 to 1998. In 1979, shortly after property tax cutting Proposition 13’s landslide victory, Fox was chosen by the late Howard Jarvis to become advisor, media liaison and administrator of the largest state taxpayer organization in the United States. When Howard Jarvis died in August 1986, the Board of Directors immediately named Fox president of the organization. Mr. Fox took a key role in many statewide and local ballot proposition campaigns, including leading the campaign to successfully pass Proposition 218, the “Right to Vote on Taxes” measure, on the 1996 ballot.For nearly 25 years Mr. Fox has been involved in day- to-day politics and public policy in California. He has spoken throughout the United States, Canada, and Sweden before citizen groups and government officials. Fox has authored hundreds of opinion articles which have been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union, Sacramento Bee, Indianapolis Star and Manchester (NH) Union-Leader, as well as other newspapers. He also wrote a piece for National Public Radio and recently had an essay published in a Time Warner-Baseball Hall of Fame sponsored book, What Baseball Means to Me. Joel Fox’s book, The Legend of Proposition 13, was published in May 2003.
Fox served as a commissioner on the Assembly Speaker’s Commission on the California Initiative Process (2000-2001) appointed by Speaker Bob Hertzberg. Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Mr. Fox a commissioner on the California Assembly Speaker’s Commission on State and Local Finance (1999-2000). Governor Pete Wilson appointed Fox to both the California Citizens’ Commission on Ballot Initiatives (1993), and the California Constitution Revision Commission (1996). He also served on the California Commission on Transportation Investment (1995); was Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Budget Task Force (1996) appointed by Supervisor Mike Antonovich; and in the early 1990s was a trustee of LEARN, the Los Angeles school reform project.
In 2000, Mr. Fox was named a Senior Research Associate at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College, and also served on the Advisory Council of the Public Policy Institute of California. Fox was Policy Director for Richard Riordan for Governor and a state co-chairman for John McCain for President. In 2003, Fox was a Policy Consultant for the Schwarzenegger for Governor campaign.
|Christopher M. George is the founder and President of CMG Mortgage, Inc., a mortgage banking/brokering company headquartered in Northern California. An unwavering commitment to excellence has made CMG a respected leader in the mortgage industry.Since 1982, George has participated in several advisory boards for large national lenders, such as Chase, GE and Wells Fargo. In addition to investor boards, Mr. George has also participated in both Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) and Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) Regional Advisory Boards.George currently serves as President of the East Bay Chapter of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers (CAMB), a non-profit trade organization whose goals include strengthening consumer awareness and providing mortgage brokers with accredited continuing education opportunities and enrichment programs designed to raise industry standards and customer service. He is also the Vice President of the CAMB Legislative Committee and is a member of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) Legislative Committee. George was awarded the Broker of the Year and Distinguished Service awards in 2003.
George is actively involved in several community organizations including: Habitat for Humanity, Bay Area Crisis Nursery as well as the Alameda & Contra Costa Food Banks. George and his wife, Teresa are deeply involved with several organizations dedicated to organ transplants for children.
Mr. George is a Board Member of the Small Business Action Committee (SBAC), a group dedicated to political action on behalf of small businesses. The SBAC is currently championing several causes on behalf of small businesses, including: workers compensation reform, opposing property tax increases and fighting against frivolous lawsuits.
|Jeffrey Green has served as General Counsel, to Grimmway Farms, since 1990.Green is a former Board member of following non-profit organizations: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Aware Counseling, Desert Counseling, and Kern County Pros for Youth (chairman).Currently he is a Board member of following non-profit organizations: Kern County Homeless Center (chairman), and Kern Adult Literacy Council.
He was also formerly a Community Member on the Editorial Board of the Bakersfield Californian and a former member of the Financial Oversight Committee to the Bakersfield City Council reviewing the City Center Project. Mr. Green also formerly served on the Kern County Alcohol Advisory Board and, more recently, was appointed to and sat on the Kern County Biosolids Ordinance Advisory Board and Kern County Flood Control Advisory Board.
He was also a former Co-Chair on the Agribusiness Subcommittee of the State Bar and served as member of City Council for the City of Bakersfield (Ward 5) from August to December, 2000
He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from San Diego State University (1981) and law degree from the University of San Diego (1984). While in law school, he was Chairman of Appellate Moot Court Board, Writer on San Diego Law Review, and received Order of Barristers Award.
Upon arrival in Bakersfield, and while a Deputy with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office (1985-1989), he attended Cal State Bakersfield and obtained a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance (1992).