Valerie Coleman Morris
Valerie Coleman Morris is considered a Bay Area native when it comes to television news. She began her career in San Francisco at KRON-TV as a reporter and then KGO-TV as a long time anchor. Morris is a former CNN domestic and international business anchor, three-time Emmy Award winner, part of the KCBS Radio Peabody Award winning team coverage of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.
She’s considered the financial journalist/educator with a unique point of view about money. Her first book “IT’S YOUR MONEY SO TAKE IT PERSONALLY ®” provides doable, incremental ways for individuals and families to recover from the impact of the recession in a sustainable way. It is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.
Valerie is a professor in the Multimedia Communication Department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She and her husband, businessman Robert L. Morris, live in Oakland.
Kish Rajan has a 20-year track record of success in government and the private sector. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer.
Kish then built a 14 year career in the private sector as a business development executive in mobile technology managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value. During this time, Kish earned a J.D., started a family, and served a term on the Walnut Creek City Council becoming a Bay Area regional leader in economic development, transportation planning and advancing technology in government.
In 2012, Kish was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the newly formed Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz). His directive from Governor Brown was to enhance California’s job creation effort by promoting statewide economic development, improving the business climate, and fostering greater international trade. During Kish’s tenure at GO Biz, California grew substantially, once again becoming the worlds 7th largest economy.