CLA-OC Focuses On Growing Southern California into a Recognized Global SuperHub for Artificial Intelligence
The CEO Leadership Alliance – Orange County (CLA-OC) is expanding its staff by naming Jasmine Pachnanda to the role of Senior Vice President, announced CLA-OC President Mark Percy. Pachnanda will work with a range of partners and stakeholders, harnessing efforts to grow and demonstrate Southern California’s emerging leadership as a worldwide center for Artificial Intelligence (AI).
“We are thrilled to welcome Jasmine Pachnanda to our team,” said Percy. “AI and its applications across a range of emerging technologies represent the worlds fourth Industrial Revolution, and Jasmine will be at the center of our long-term efforts to foster business and academic partnerships at the regional, national and global levels to build upon Orange County’s fundamental strengths as a hub for innovation.”
Southern California’s innovation economy has helped vault the three counties of Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County to a combined GDP of approximately $1.3 trillion, which would rank the region as one of the top 15 economies in the world. Investment and employment growth in the fields of AI, machine learning, 5G, quantum computing, and other emerging technologies in particular have advanced region-wide and in Orange County, which is home to leading enterprises in these fields such as Masimo, Anduril, Loko Ai, and Cylance.
CLA-OCs AI SoCal initiative seeks to align business, investment capital, talent development and education resources in an intentional framework that will accelerate Southern California’s innovation economy. At the core of its rationale is the shared belief that growing the number of high-quality innovation jobs, along with the talent prepared to fill those positions locally, is a key to sustained regional prosperity.
Pachnanda’s new role at CLA-OC leverages two decades of experience leading innovative public- and business-facing educational initiatives. Pachnanda held leadership roles at The Broad Center and Boston Consulting Group after earning an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Most recently, she served as Chief College Officer for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, one of the Los Angeles regions largest charter-school organizations serving more than 13,000 students. In this role, Pachnanda successfully built and executed an overall strategy for the organization, including establishment of best practices and performance metrics.
Orange County CLA-OC represents diverse business sectors with guidance from talented leadership who are passionate about their community. The organization seeks to be a catalyst and collaborator to move the county forward around a common vision to build a Thriving Orange County for All. CLA-OC was founded to help build a vibrant collaboration of multiple stakeholders in higher education, government, business and non-profit to help address the major issues uniquely facing Orange County.