IEEP Staff

Paul Granillo IEEP

Paul Granillo

President and CEO

A native of the Inland Empire, Paul was born and raised in Redlands. In 2010, Paul became President & CEO of IEEP, and restructured the organization with a vision for bettering the quality of life and business climate of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He currently serves as Past-Chair of Mobility 21, a coalition that pursues regional solutions to transportation challenges. He also serves as Past-Chair of the California Stewardship Network; and is a sitting member of the Regional Economic Alliance Leaders of California. Additionally, he serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Global Land Use and Economics Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Cal State San Bernardino’s Foundation Board. He also serves as Past-Chair of the California Economic Summit and a Board Member of Californians Dedicated to Education. He currently serves as Board Member of the Campaign for College Opportunity and a Member of KVCR Educational Foundation.

Paul received his Bachelors of Arts from California State University San Bernardino, his Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Paul is married to Dr. Christina Granillo, Ph.D.; they are the proud parents of Monica Marie.

Dr. John Husing

Chief Economist

Dr. John Husing is a leading authority on the Inland Empire economy, an area he has been studying since he wrote his doctoral thesis on the region in the 1960s. His influence on the business and political landscape has been so extensive that the Los Angeles Times named him one of the 100 most powerful people in Southern California in 2006.  He is the writer of the Quarterly Economic Report, an economic newsletter now in its 20th year.  His company, Economics & Politics Inc., provides consulting services for municipalities and counties with economic strategies, statistical data packages, recommendations for public policy and briefing presentations to business and political leaders about the nature, growth and economic trends of Southern California.

Jason Cordova

Vice President 

A product of the Inland Empire, ason JCordova has spent the past 7 years in the public sector advancing and expanding efforts to increase college attainment throughout Southern California.

Most recently, he served as Program Director for the Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN), tasked with leading various strategic initiatives aimed at increasing college completion rates & career readiness in greater Los Angeles County.

A graduate from Chino High school, Jason holds a B.A. in American Studies & Philosophy from Connecticut College (New London, CT).

Annalisa Wurm

Director of Education & Workforce Development 

Annalisa Wurm joined the Inland Empire Economic Partnership as Director of Education & Workforce Development in February 2019. She graduated from UC Riverside with a BA and Masters degree in Public Policy in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Annalisa interned for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and with partners in the San Bernardino County Family Law Court. After graduation, Annalisa has worked on health policy analysis in the Coachella Valley, and on the Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity campaign, helping engage and coordinate partners in the region with the goal of inclusive economic growth and expanding the middle class.

Annalisa is passionate about expanding opportunities for all in the Inland Empire and looks forward to joining the IEEP team in this work.

Luis Portillo

Director of Public Policy 

Luis Portillo joined the Inland Empire Economic Partnership as Director of Public Policy in April 2018.  He has a lengthy career in government and public policy, which includes serving as a Senior Staff Member in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, leading the Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Unit within the California Department of Consumer Affairs, and working as a Senate Fellow/Legislative Aide in the California State Senate.  Most recently, he worked for Edison International as part of its Government Affairs team focusing on energy, environmental and employment legislation proposed in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Melisa Castro

Business Development Coordinator

Melisa Castro, a native of the Inland Empire was born and raised in Riverside. She attended Riverside Community College and transferred to the University of Riverside, where she graduated with a degree in Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics. On her free time, Melisa enjoys riding her bicycle along the Santa Ana trail.

John Orta

Education and Workforce Development Manager

John Orta is a product of the Inland Empire. He was born and raised in Riverside and attended California State University, San Bernardino where he graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Business Administration – Marketing. John is a passionate and self-motivated marketing professional with an expertise in social media strategies and customer relationship management. Prior to his current role at IEEP he was the Marketing Coordinator at CSUSB Recreation and Wellness where he cultivated partnerships with both university and community leaders in order to raise awareness on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle throughout the CSUSB community.

Cindy Sanchez

Business Manager

Southern California native Cindy Sanchez was born in Los Angeles and raised in Yucaipa, CA. She developed a keen attention to detail prior to her role at IEEP as a finance and insurance manager in the Motorsports industry. Cindy loves to give back to her community and has accumulated countless service hours as a volunteer volleyball coach and PTA member.

Jennifer Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer was born in Anaheim, CA but raised in the Inland Empire. She is currently studying Child Development and Business Administration at Riverside City College with aspirations to become an elementary school teacher. When Jennifer is not studying you can find her volunteering at her local church or hiking around Southern California. If you see her on a trail make sure to say hello!