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published on November 30, 2016 - 2:32 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Mayor-elect Lee Brand has unveiled his transition team and some key posts in his administration, which begins in January 2017.


Political consultant Tim Orman was tapped to be chief of staff. Orman consulted on Brand’s mayoral campaign. In addition, H. Spees, who faced off against Brand for the mayor’s seat in the June primary, will serve as director of strategic initiatives.

Brand also unveiled today members of his transition team who he said will “shape my agenda as Fresno’s next mayor. They represent the diversity that is Fresno and their ideas are important to my collaborative effort to advance our quality of life.”

The 18 members include:

— Paul Binion, senior pastor, Westside Church of God

— Tony Canales, senior field representative, United Brotherhood of Carpenters

— DJ Criner, senior pastor, Saint Rest Baptist Church

— Nat DiBuduo, president/CEO, Allied Grape Growers

— Lee Ann Eager, president/CEO, Fresno County Economic Development Corporation

— Ruth Evans, founder/owner, The Evans HR Group

— Dennis Gaab, vice pres. forward planning, Central Valley Division, Benchmark Communities, LLC

— Ike Grewal, analyst, County of Fresno, Department of Behavioral Health

— Tate Hill, senior manager-administration, Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission

— Fausto Hinojosa, CPA, CFE, managing partner, audit principal, Price Paige and Co.

— Damon Kurtz, president, Fresno Police Officers Association

— Booker T. Lewis, senior pastor, Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church

— Larry Powell, former superintendent, Fresno County Office of Education

— Lorraine Salazar, partner, Sal’s Mexican Restaurants

— Rick Steitz, president, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1027

— Pete Weber, president/CEO, TeKnowledge, Inc.; president/CEO, Riverbend International

— Dora Rivera Westerlund, CEO, Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

— Blong Xiong, principal, B&M LLC, former Fresno councilmember


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