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Johnnie Giles, Chair

Johnnie Giles is Founder and President of JDGiles LLC, which helps companies in three specific areas: CA political strategies, business consulting and private equity solutions. Prior to forming his own consulting firm Johnnie served as Executive Vice President for a private equity firm specializing in mezzanine funding. He joined the firm to help reorganize the company and ultimately sell its holdings to two strategic partners. 

Giles had a successful 15-year career at Comcast NBCUniversal. After more than 10 years leading the government and regulatory affairs office for Comcast’s California region, he finished his career at Comcast Corporate HQ External Affairs group working on Asian American Pacific Islander and Center Left strategies and program activations. Prior to Comcast he held numerous positions at the Chronicle Publishing Company in San Francisco, working on the mergers and acquisitions team, and eventually moved into the Chronicle’s cable television division. He ultimately assumed the role as Vice President of Government Affairs for Chronicle’s cable division. For a short period of time he held the position of Senior Vice President at Age Wave LLC, a venture capital/incubator firm from 1999 to 2001 and was the managing partner at Blacksquare, LLC, an Internet start-up from 2001 to 2003.

Johnnie has been an Executive Boardmember for the California Foundation for the Environment and Economy for more than 10 years and has been active within the Asian Pacific Islander community for nearly three decades. He has served on the executive board of the Center for Asian American Media. He was a founding member and served on the board of Asian Americans for Good Government. He is the founding board chairman for the California Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Board Chair for APIAVote, Board Advisor for Asian American Victory Fund, and has served on the board and advisory board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, Asian American Justice Center, OCA National, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies C4, Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) President Circle.

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