John Gutierrez

Executive Director

John Gutierrez provides one-on-one specific and technical assistance to potential clients in the areas of building capacity to small minority owned businesses to enhance their technical and management skills to effectively compete for procurement and export opportunities. Local, State, GSA, Federal (8A) Certification, loan packaging and financial management. Prior to joining MBDA Business Center Pasadena, U.S. Department of Commerce, he was a business consultant for MBDA Business Center in Los Angeles operated by the University of Southern California for over 9 years. Prior to joining MBDA Business Center in Los Angeles, Mr. Gutierrez has over 25 years of experience with various roles in management with national residential/commercial leading companies and international real estate development.

Mr. Gutierrez has been a consultant to small business owners and empowers them through education, technical and implementation techniques. He is driven by passion and a sincere desire to provide measurable economic impact to the small business communities.


Jim Baiseri

Senior Business Consultant

Jim Baiseri recently completed a contract with the Minority Business Development Agency, operated by University of Southern California, as a business consultant with the task of developing business relationships with U.S. business enterprises seeking trading opportunities with the Asian markets. He was also the Program Coordinator of the “Bridges to Business Success Program,” an educational business course offered at the University of Southern California for disadvantaged small business enterprises, seeking appropriate certifications and procurement opportunities with various governmental municipalities, including federal and state government agencies.

Mr. Baiseri is currently the managing member of CAMS, LLC (Consulting Administrative Management Services), an administrative services firm, specializing in Enterprise Risk Analysis. This includes the assessment and valuation of business enterprises of all sizes; identifying hazards that expose businesses to economic losses in the areas of; finance, regulatory compliance, marketing, human resources, entity structure and administrative operations. 


Tana Thammagno

Office Manager & Administrator

Tana Thammagno has over fifteen years of experience in performing administrative duties. She has coordinated with various management teams and staff for operational support activities and has served as a liaison between management team and non-profit board members in the resolution of day-to-day administrative and operational issues. She has a history of providing effective and efficient administrative and secretarial support for various team members, and resolving a range of administrative issues and inquiries. She is efficient in managing daily operations of the organization and its programs with vast policy and administrative knowledge.