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Office of Community and Economic Development


OCED staff manages and supports a number of programs and initiatives designed to sustain and improve the San Joaquin Valley and provide a legacy of prosperity for those who call it home, both now and in the future.

Below is an introduction of each staff member who contributes to the overall success of OCED.





Eduardo González is currently OCED's Interim Executive Director. Previously, he was the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC) Director and the Director of the Fresno State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Through Fresno State SBDC, he provided entrepreneurs with consulting and training services. In addition, Eduardo provides support in planning, developing and facilitating OCED's grant-funded projects and various collaboratives. Prior to joining OCED in 2011, Eduardo served more than 10 years in a variety of community-focused roles in the Valley. He was executive director for Youth Centers of America (YCA) and provided vision and leadership to its programming and staff. Eduardo has well over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit arena, grant writing, and has helped develop adult education, leadership and prevention projects/programming in the most underserved rural communities. He has supervised the implementation of various advocacy projects for social justice and social change throughout rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley.



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Shelby Gonzales is finance director for OCED, overseeing the fiscal and technical activities that support all of OCED’s initiatives and sponsored projects. A San Joaquin Valley native, Shelby was raised in the farming community of Turlock. Prior to joining OCED in 2010, she was a grant accountant at the California State University, Fresno Foundation. Previous positions include associate director of Budget and Planning at San Diego State University, and account analyst in the Extramural Funds Department for the University of California, San Diego and for the University of California, Los Angeles. Shelby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from California Baptist College (now University) in 1982, and a Graduate Diploma in computer science-applied science from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, in 1998. 



Jessica Conrriquez was born in Chico, California, but was raised in a small town in Michoacán, Mexico. She lived in Michoacán until she was ten years old. When Jessica came to the United States, she had to relearn everything she knew; nevertheless, Jessica learned English in a year.

She graduated from Fresno State with her BA in Psychology. Jessica plans to apply for her master’s degree in the future. She joined the OCED team in October 2019, as a project assistant, with the Fresno State Connect program.



I am a first generation college graduate, I attended Fresno State and graduated magna cum laude with my BA in Spanish. I enjoy spending time with my family and getting together with friends to catch up on life and celebrate our accomplishments.



My name is Adriana Arellano born and raised here in Fresno CA . I'm 36 years old and I'm a single mother of 1 son. He's 10 years old and he  keeps me busy. Some of my hobbies include spending time with my son and loved ones.


I grew up in the central valley and enjoy going to new places. I like new challenges.

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I was born and raised in the central valley. I am 22 years old and in my free time I enjoy going to the beach and going on hikes with my family. Some of my hobbies include baking and cooking. I also love to travel and learn about different cultures. 

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My name is Sandra. I was born and raised in california.I am 38 years old. I work at Fresno State Call Center as a representative. My hobbies are jewelry, pastry, baseball, camping and exploring new places.

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I've been working at OCED for about two years now and find it very fulfilling.