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Candidate for At-Large Seat


President | AmPac Tri-State CDC, Inc. 




Running for: At-Large
Election Year: 2016
Term Expiration: 2018

AmPac Tri State Certified Development Company (AmPac CDC) is a non-profit certified lender of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on a mission to finance the growth of small businesses through personalized services and advocacy in utilizing SBA resources. In seven years, AmPac has funded over 135 businesses with greater than $200 Million in loans, creating more than 1500 new jobs throughout the State of California. Our mission is to finance and foster the success of businesses at all stages of growth to positively impact the region, the state and the nation for economic development and job creation. As SBA’s first faith based CDC in the country, with a diverse Pastor’s Advisory Committee, AmPac seeks to lead SBA efforts to connect faith and business, thus hosts Annual Connecting Faith & Business conferences in Riverside and Los Angeles. AmPac maintains a commitment to walk hand-in-hand with business owners throughout the lending process and passionately seeks out faith based business owners, and minority, women, veteran and disabled business owners. AmPac is a partner with SBA for its 504 Loan program helping businesses finance and refinance commercial real estate; and is seeking to expand its community partnerships to create Community Centered like programs, like its programs in Riverside and Apple Valley.

Hilda Kennedy is Founder/President of AmPac Tri State Certified Development Company (CDC) in Grand Terrace, California. Prior to establishing the CDC, Kennedy worked in local government for the City of Inglewood, as Chief of Staff to the Mayor, Executive Assistant to the City Manager and Economic Development Director. As Economic Development Director, Kennedy established a $45 Million loan fund, leveraging Department of Housing and Urban Development funds with matching bank funds, to provide financing to businesses in the community.

Hilda Kennedy served on the White House and SBA Council on Underserved Communities; one of 15 representatives chosen across the country. She is incoming President for the National Association of Women Business Owners- California; Past President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Inland Empire Chapter, and was past President of the Risk Management Association – Inland Empire Chapter. Hilda Kennedy is a Trustee for California Baptist University, Riverside and is also a Board Member of the National Association of Development Companies.
Ampac Tristate CDC is a member of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber of Commerce.
Hilda speaks to numerous groups, schools and organizations on key steps for accessing SBA capital, including Connecting Women to Power, hosted by Board of Equalization Member, Jerome Horton, the National Association of Women Business Owners Public Policy Day, Everest College Business and Accounting Classes; Abundant Living Family Church Kingdom Business Development; West Angeles Church of Christ Entrepreneurship Program, as well as chamber events, CEO clubs and related organizations.

Hilda has been recognized for her efforts to promote the growth of small businesses – she was recognized as Woman of the Year by Congresswoman Judy Chu, District 27 in 2016; the 32nd Senatorial District Woman of the Year by Senator Gloria Negrete McCleod 2012; received the 2012 ANITA Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners – Inland Empire Chapter; received the 2012 Community Excellence Community Builder Award, with her husband Pastor Brian Kennedy from Inland Valley Newspaper; received the 2011 Women in Business Champion Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration – Santa Ana District Office; was a finalist in the CSU San Bernardino Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award- 2010; was a recipient of the Black Rose Award- 2009.

Kennedy recently completed the Goldman Sach’s CEO Cohort in Long Beach. Hilda Kennedy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, completed a post-graduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation in New York, and completed Master’s coursework with the University of San Francisco.

Hilda Kennedy lives in Upland, CA with her husband, Pastor Brian Kennedy and their four children, Brian, Evelyn, Lelia and Joshua. Kennedy is an active member of her church and is passionate about teaching women’s Bible studies.

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