2017 Speakers

Sid Voorakkara

Deputy Director, External Affairs

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Mr. Voorakkara was recently appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as the Deputy Director for External Affairs at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. He is responsible for promoting California business investment resources with businesses, federal, state and regional economic development stakeholders, local communities, site selection consultants and trade associations. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Voorakkara was appointed by the Governor in May 2013 as a Senior Business Development Specialist. In that capacity, he worked directly with companies to receive credits and incentives from the state for job growth, attraction, expansion and retention. He also partnered with public and private economic development stakeholders to develop long-term initiatives to grow and expand the region’s economic outputs.

Mr. Voorakkara spent nearly a decade prior to this service as a Program Manager with The California Endowment, the state’s largest private foundation. In this capacity, Mr. Voorakkara was The Endowment’s statewide strategic officer on building pathways into high-wage, high-growth jobs.

Additionally, Mr. Voorakkara spent ten years as a communication and media specialist in public and private positions. He is a San Diego City Ethics Commissioner, is the Chair of the San Diego City College Foundation Board of Directors and is a Trustee at the San Diego Museum of Man.