Michele Nissen oversees Economic Development for the City of Corona where she works with the Economic Development team daily to bring in new business to the city and help existing businesses to grow and flourish in Corona. Nissen’s roles in local government have encompassed positions such as City Manager, Interim City Manager, Acting City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Public Information Officer, and Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce. Nissen started out her professional career in the private sector where she spent over five years in the financial services industry as a stock broker and compliance analyst holding series 63 & 7 licenses as well as a California Real Estate License and Notary.
She has been awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Outstanding Rising Administrator by the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the Presidential Award for Volunteerism by former President Barack Obama. She has also been featured in the Inland Empire Magazine for Who’s Who in the Inland Empire as well as a featured alumnus by California Baptist University in the Roundtable Magazine.
Nissen is a member of several professional organizations including: International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), International Economic Development Council (IEDC), California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and Municipal Managers Association of Southern California (MMASC). Ms. Nissen has been a guest speaker for CALED and MMASC.
Ms. Nissen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University as well as a Master of Public Administration from California Baptist University. She has also completed a Leadership certificate program through the County of Riverside as well as major coursework in Economic Development through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Ryan Cortez, Economic Development Coordinator, began his career with the City of Corona in 2014. Prior to his career in local government, Ryan helped found and manage a privately held construction firm headquartered in Costa Mesa, California. The skills developed well working in the private industry translated into Ryan leading the charge with Corona’s new development opportunities. Most recently Ryan has focused on the disposition and development of City owned property within Corona’s Downtown district. A lifelong resident of Corona, Ryan hopes to continue creating opportunity and helping Corona maintain its regional dominance.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from California Baptist University. In 2016 Ryan was recognized by the Riverside Community College District as the Norco College Young Alumnus of the year.
Ryan Cortez is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).
Ryan is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).