About the EDC of Mariposa County
The EDC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to promote sustainable economic growth throughout Mariposa County. In existence since 1990, the EDC’s objective is to enhance and diversify the local economy in a way that improves the economic prosperity of all Mariposans, both individually and collectively, while preserving our cherished quality of life. The EDC is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and has established a public/private partnership with Mariposa County’s Economic Development Office to operate a Business Assistance Center that assists businesses with their plans for relocation, start-up or expansion. Please contact our Executive Director if you are in need of such assistance.
Board of Directors and Officers
Roger Biery (President) – Roger
semi-retired to Mariposa from Silicon Valley to become a
consultant specializing in marketing communications
for the computer networking industry. Roger also
serves as an advisor to the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau
and was previously a director on the board of the Central Sierra
Economic Development District.
Dane Carlson – Dane is the CEO of the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, and also serves on the boards of the Central Sierra Economic Development District and the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau. Previously, he was a professional blogger and founder of the Business Opportunities Weblog.
Matt Foraker (Treasurer) – Matt is Vice President and Branch Manager
with Yosemite Bank, A Division of Premier Valley Bank, where he
currently manages both the Mariposa and Merced Offices.
Carol Johnson – Having vacationed in Mariposa for nearly two decades, Carol began living here full-time as a telecommuter for IBM, and is now retired as a photographer and also a director on the boards of the Mariposa County Arts Council, and the Mariposa County Fair and Homecoming.
Les Marsden (First Vice President) – Les is a former New York/London-based actor, director, producer, playwright whose vision of the arts as an economic force is demonstrated by the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra, which he founded as Music Director/Conductor in 2002.
Candy O'Donel-Browne – Candy, now retired, served as the Executive Director of the EDC after selling the Yosemite-Mariposa KOA Campground, which she and her husband had previously operated for over a decade. Candy also serves as an advisor to the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
Marilyn Saunders (Second Vice President) – Marilyn retired from the corporate compliance unit of a large commercial insurance carrier and moved from the Bay Area to her favorite foothill community in 2003. Marilyn also serves on the board of the Mariposa Community Foundation.
Tara Schiff (Ex-Officio) – As the Community Development/Grant Coordinator for Mariposa County, Tara serves as an ex-officio board member. Tara and her family moved to Mariposa in 2008, and with more than 25 years of experience in marketing and business development, Tara is dedicated to helping the local economy thrive.
Karen Smith – Karen is a realtor with Daily & Company, and is involved with the Rotary, American Association of University Women and the JC Fremont Hospital Foundation. Prior to moving to Mariposa in 2002, Karen worked for the military, and in private sector software development and international marketing.
John Stewart (Secretary) – John, a 29 year resident of Mariposa, has managed three local businesses before moving to the Mariposa School District where he has been employed for the last eighteen years and also serves on the Board of Directors for the CSEA.
Mary Ann Huff