Christie Marcella is the Economic Development Director for the City of Carlsbad and has been a Carlsbad resident since 2012. Originally from New York State, she has been living in California since 2009 thanks to the military service of her husband. Inclusion is important not just from a social justice and moral standpoint, but as a business imperative. Businesses she meets with are increasingly citing the cost of living as a hindrance to their growth and talent acquisition efforts. Making sure the people who are in our communities have access to opportunities that will meet the needs of our innovation economy is a must if our region is going to continue to see growth.
Anh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S.E.E, she worked as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems in the quality engineering organization before transitioning to new product development for the SPARC server firmware team at Oracle. She was a member of Oracle Women's Leadership which hosts panels and events that empower and encourage women to aspire for leadership roles. Anh is currently the CTO of Creative Electron, Inc., an X-ray inspection company that offers hardware and software solutions to help customers improve the quality of their products. Outside of work, Anh enjoys spending time with her family, attending tech meetups and working on machine learning problems.