The EDC is a nonprofit corporation that is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of local business leaders. Funding to support the EDC is provided by San Benito County, the City of Hollister, as well as other investors.
Renee Wells, EDC Executive Director, was hired in July 2021, and held numerous executive leadership positions, including 26 years as grants and contracts manager for the nonprofit Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a number of years working in venture capital and for a law-enforcement training firm, and, more recently, managing a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties in San Benito, Salinas, and Monterey Counties. Renee serves as vice-chair of the Hollister Airport Advisory Commission, is president of Hollister Chapter 1264 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, is a member of the Hollister Airmen’s Association, and is in the process of obtaining her private pilot’s license.
Marc Fontes, EDC Business Development Manager, was hired in February 2020, and has an extensive background in business retention, expansion, and recruitment. His early career in planning and development reflects his work with local governments, including service in Irvine, Madera County, Contra Costa County, Vallejo, Hayward, and Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the EDC, Marc worked for nine years as the City of San Ramon Economic Development Director and as the Deputy Director of the Redevelopment Agency. He was also Business Development Manager for the City of Alameda for five years.