Jose Corona has championed inner-city job creation efforts with a comprehensive series of community and economic development programs and partnerships. The centerpiece of Corona’s efforts has been the creation of strong and vibrant public-private partnerships with an emphasis on a shared commitment ensure the presence of sustainable, responsible inner-city companies that provide quality jobs, reinvest in the community, and contribute to the local economy. Jose’s primary focus is on effective and innovative management, the cultivation of a strong network of high-caliber consultants and advisers, and on promoting a fundamental change in the way communities invest into inner-city economic development and revitalization. This formula has led to Inner City Advisors reliably delivering high-caliber pro bono business consulting, strategic advice, practical entrepreneurial education, and smart capital to inner-city entrepreneurs.
Prior to ICA, Jose served as development director at Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that provides business technical assistance and neighborhood planning services to mostly Latino-owned small businesses. Before working in the nonprofit sector, Jose was employed in Corporate Retail Operations and Human Resources at Macy’s. Jose sits on various boards, including the Oakland Workforce Investment board, the Oakland Schools Foundation, the Board of Directors of People’s Grocery, and the YMCA of The East Bay. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis, and Entrepreneur Management Development Certification from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. When he is not busy doing community development work, you will find him coaching and playing soccer, and learning to be a father to his son, Mateo.