Board of Directors

The AMBayArea Board of Directors is comprised of executives from a variety of manufacturing industries, sub-regions, and non-manufacturing support organizations who are dedicated to ensure the Bay Area is a leader in the industry.

Krishna Rajagopal

Krishna Rajagopal

LUSA Dynamics Inc. (dba Production Robotics) – Hayward
Board Chair

Krishna Rajagopal is a shareholder and board member for Production Robotics in Hayward. He is also the Chief Facilitator of Great Outcomes for Narish, a consulting company focused on harnessing the people resources within an organization. He is an entrepreneur, mentor, and guide who brings strong operational, sales, and systems expertise in building winning cultures and organizations. Prior to Narish, he was the Managing Partner and Owner of a manufacturing company in Illinois for over 15 years. Rajagopal serves on several boards and acts as an advisor and confidante to C-level executives in the Bay Area and the midwest. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, an MBA, and a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management.

Karen Burns

Karen Burns

Assurance Partner, Sensiba LLP – Pleasanton
Vice Chair

Karen Burns, CPA, is an Assurance Partner with Sensiba LLP, a leading regional CPA and business advisory firm. She has nearly 30 years of experience providing financial and business consulting services to companies in a variety of industries, with a particular passion for the manufacturing and food and beverage sectors. She has great depth of experience working with rapidly growing manufacturing companies, from start-ups to multigenerational family businesses, helping them to identify opportunities, challenges, and trends. Burns also founded the East Bay Manufacturing Group in 2011 (which later merged to become AMBayArea).

Dustin Bell

Dustin Bell

Vice President, First Citizens Bank – Walnut Creek
Treasurer

Dustin Bell is a commercial banker with First Citizens Bank, the largest family-controlled and top 20 bank in the U.S. He has over 23 years of experience in banking with the majority of that time spent in the commercial, industrial, and manufacturing space. Dustin prides himself on being able to work with all personality types as he manages an ever-growing portfolio of valued clients. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University with a focus in Finance and Marketing. 

 

Gene Russell

Gene Russell

President and CEO, The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence – San Ramon
Secretary

Gene Russell is President and CEO of Manex and has over 30 years of senior executive strategic planning, operational management, and consulting experience in the manufacturing and technology sector. With his extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, he has developed and implemented key strategic initiatives for companies, allowing them to improve performance and achieve profitable growth. He has a strong background in sales and business development and a keen understanding of manufacturing strategies in the global environment.

Tamia Brown

Tamia Brown

Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County – Concord
Board Member

Tamia Brown is the Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDB). She has more than 20 years of workforce development experience and a depth of understanding about business and job seeker needs, having led a wide range of workforce initiatives across the Bay Area. Brown holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration/Organizational Leadership from National University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Organization/Management from San Jose State University.

Eric Duoss, Ph.D.

Eric Duoss, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Livermore
Board Member

Dr. Eric B. Duoss is the Director of the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing (CEMM) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he directs research activities and maps strategic directions in the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing. At LLNL, Dr. Duoss leads teams that invent novel materials and manufacturing technologies, with focus on creating designer architectures for chemical, mechanical, thermal, and functional properties for applications in the fields of defense, climate, transportation, energy, aerospace, human health, and others. Dr. Duoss has been awarded over 50 U.S. patents. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and dual B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Norbert College.

Linda Fong

Linda Fong

Owner, Justipher Inc. (dba FASTSIGNS Oakland, FASTSIGNS Hayward) – Oakland
Board Member

Linda Fong is the President and Owner of FASTSIGNS Oakland and FASTSIGNS Hayward. Fong is a native Oaklander who founded her first independently owned FASTSIGNS franchise location in downtown Oakland in 1995 and subsequently opened a second location in Hayward. As an employer who believes in being part of the community where she lives, works, and plays, she also wants to keep manufacturing in the area and enjoys engaging the next generation of makers. FASTSIGNS Oakland is one of the highest volume centers in the system of over 750 locations by staying on top of innovation and technology and investing in her most valuable asset, her people. Linda has served several terms as a National Advertising Council board member and multiple terms as a member of the Franchise Advisory Council for FASTSIGNS International.

Andrea Foote

Andrea Foote

Vice President, Scandic – San Leandro
Board Member

Andrea Foote is Vice President of Scandic Springs, Inc. Scandic is the largest spring and stamping company in Northern California, supplying custom parts for companies in the medical, automotive, electrical, and aerospace industries worldwide. Prior to joining Scandic, Andrea had ten years of experience building and leading nonprofit teams, as well as working at an automotive metal stamping facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently completing her MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development – Bay Area
Board Member

Mark Martin, Ph.D., is the Bay Area Regional Director for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development for the California Community Colleges. Dr. Martin has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering, including product development, manufacturing and design research, teaching and workforce development. 

Christine Ngo

Christine Ngo

VP of Operations & Business Development, Silicon Valley Elite Manufacturing – Santa Clara
Board Member

Christine Ngo is VP of Operations & Business Development at Silicon Valley Elite Manufacturing (SVE). She is also an ambassador for Women in 3D Printing’s Silicon Valley chapter. She is passionate about manufacturing and is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to America. Prior to joining SVE, Christine was a Hollywood red carpet reporter for almost 8 years along with doing sales and marketing for a financial publication. Christine ended up coming back to her hometown and enjoys being surrounded by innovative technologies. Christine has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She’s an avid learner and has studied in Paris for luxury brand management and at Harvard Business School & Oxford University for business programs.

Linda Renteria

Linda Renteria

Chief Operating Officer, Casa Sanchez Foods – Hayward
Board Member

Linda Renteria is the Chief Operating Officer at Casa Sanchez Foods, makers of the top Northern California selling tortilla chips and fresh salsas. She is responsible for human resources, facility leases, insurance and overall operations. Renteria received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and an M.S. in Engineering & Construction Management from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also very involved in promoting STEM & manufacturing careers in the community.

Bruno Zagonel

Bruno Zagonel

General Manager, Bodycote – Fremont
Board Member

Bruno Zagonel is the General Manager for Bodycote’s Fremont plant. With 20 years of experience in manufacturing, materials engineering, and special processes, he has worked in North and South America as well as in Europe. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UFPR in Brazil and an MBA from UNCC. He has a passion for continuous improvement and team building and is trained in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Being a recent transplant to California and the region, Zagonel enjoys participating in activities that enable and facilitate manufacturing in the Bay Area.