History

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The SBACC was created in 1979 to help South Bay aerospace companies advocate for key space and defense programs funded by Congress and the Pentagon.  During these early years, all activities were voluntary and also mirrored the legislative advocacy undertaken by the California Chamber of Commerce.

 During the first round of defense industry base closures in 1990 undertaken through the Base Closure and Realignment  Commission (BRAC), the SBACC pulled all of its member chambers, community leaders, and elected officials at all levels of government to work with the Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB) to ensure the installation was not slated for closure.  Having successfully avoided that threat during the first round, the SBACC continued to work effectively together on a common agenda of federal and state policy issues affecting the South Bay business community.

During the next four rounds of BRAC, the SBACC successfully became the organization that orchestrated all community activities in support of the LAAFB.  Thirty-six years later, the SBACC is a very well-recognized entity for all South Bay legislative advocacy on behalf of the local businesses and Fortune 500 companies represented through the organization.

 

Leadership Team

Dan Hoffman
Board Chair - Executive Committee
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

Charles Gale, Jr. 
Chair-Elect - Executive Committee
Metropolitan Water District 

Michael Jackson
Immediate Past Chair - Executive Committee
The Dardanelle Group, Inc.

Joe Ahn
Past Chair Advisor - Executive Committee
Northrop Grumman

Eileen Hupp
Membership- Executive Committee
Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce

George Kivett
Treasurer - Executive Committee
Kivett Realty

Janice Webb
Secretary - Executive Committee

Donna Duperron
Past Chair Advisor - Executive Committee
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

Marna Smeltzer
Past Chair Advisor
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce





SBACC Board

 

Carson Chamber of Commerce
John Wogan
David Gamboa
John Heffernan

 

Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
Randy Gordon
Jeremy Harris


El Segundo Chamber of Commerce
Sherry Kramer
Charles Gale

 

Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce
Wanda Love>

 

Los Angeles Gateway Chamber of Commerce
JoeAnne Valle
Otto Radtke
Lou Baglietto

 

Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce
Patricia Donaldson
Marvin Jackson
Olivia Valentine

 

Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce
Kim MacMullan
Andrea Jacobson
Janice Webb

 

LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
Christina Davis
Kelly King
Chamberlain Duru

 


Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

Jill Brunkhardt
Joe Ahn

 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Eileen Hupp
Dora De La Rosa

 

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce
Marna Smeltzer
Ann Garten
Leslie Page

 

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
Elise Swanson

 

Torrance Chamber of Commerce
Donna Duperron
Jonathan Beutler
Rob Van Lingen

 

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Dan Hoffman
Patrick Wilson
David Libatique

 

Inglewood Chamber of Commerce
Eric Holly




South Bay Elected Officials

 

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein- United States Senate

The Honorable Kamala Harris- United States Senate

The Honorable Maxine Water- United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Nanette Diaz Barragan- United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Ted Lieu- United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Ben Allen- California State Senate

The Honorable Ricardo Lara- California State Senate

The Honorable Autumn Burke- California State Assembly

The Honorable Mike Gipson- California State Assembly

The Honorable Al Muratsuchi- California State Assembly

The Honorable Patrick O’Donnell- California State Assembly

The Honorable Janice Hahn- Los Angeles County Supervisor