Matthew Mena, Executive Director of Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity (IEGO), has announced the newest member of the team, Aaron Dill! Aaron brings broad experience and regional expertise to the newly created role of IEGO’s CERF Program Manager.

Aaron will oversee and manage the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) programs and initiatives, interface with and convene community stakeholders, and work with partners to help launch and manage the Inland Empire High Roads Transition Collaborative and Inclusive Planning Council.

Hailing from San Bernardino, Aaron attended San Bernardino Valley College before obtaining his degree in political science from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Eager to make a difference in his community, Aaron returned to the Inland Empire to work with the California Vote Project, where he helped lead two teams that registered over 17,000 people in Assembly Districts 40 and 60.

After gaining valuable experience in grassroots initiatives, Aaron joined Assemblymember Jose Medina’s team, serving as Senior Field Representative. His commitment to community development led him to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he was the Inland Empire region’s coordinator for the Community-Based Solutions unit.

“I am thrilled to welcome Aaron Dill to our team at IEGO,” said Matthew Mena. “Aaron’s proven track record in connecting with diverse stakeholders and his passion for making a difference made him the perfect fit for IEGO. The $5 million grant supporting CERF’s work provides us with a tremendous opportunity to make a lasting impact in the region. As the CERF Program Manager, Aaron will play a crucial role in spearheading our efforts to create smart, targeted regional economic roadmaps. In collaboration with our partners, we aim to build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable economy that works for all while creating high-quality jobs for the hardworking individuals of the Inland Empire.”

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Aaron Dill as he begins his journey with IEGO!

IEGO is housed within the Inland Empire Community Foundation. In its work to build strategies for sector-based economic development, IEGO targets the industrial sectors of sustainable logistics, green technology, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing.


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