By Ashley Jones
California Black Media hosted its first annual Reception during the CBM Summit "Empowering Our Industry" on May 29, 2008 at Chops Restaurant in Sacramento. The reception featured a number of key community leaders throughout the state of California. Key figures in attendance included Secretary Dale Bonner, California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, James Ramos, Chairman of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Alva Johnson, Director of Government Affairs/Public Relations Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and John Kennedy, Special Projects Director of Southern California Edison.
During the reception, California Black Media honored Napoleon Brandford III of Siebert, Brandford, Shank, & Co, Margaret Fortune, CSU Trustee, and Timothy Alan Simon, CPUC Commissioner with the "2008 Newsmakers" award.
Napoleon Brandford III is nationally recognized as a public finance veteran. Branford is a founding partner of Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co, an investment banking firm established in 1996 centrally located in Oakland, California. Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co, was recently named top minority investment bank by Black Enterprise magazine. Brandford has led a number of major financing projects for state, city, and local governments throughout the country, totaling over 5.7 billion during the past ten years. His largest deal was a GO Bond for the State of California, finalized at 1.75 billion.
Margaret Fortune was recently appointed to the California State University Board of Trustee in 2008. In March 2008 she was selected to administer the Project Pipeline, a Sacramento based non-profit organization. Prior to her current assignment, she served as a senior advisor for the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger and superintendent of St. HOPE Public Schools in Sacramento, California.
Timothy Alan Simon was appointed Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 15, 2007. Prior to this position, he was the first African American appointments secretary for the Office of the Governor. He made appointments to more than 300 boards and commissions and approximately 200 exempt positions in the State of California.
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