International Development Committee

The International Development Committee (IDC) aims to expand opportunities and grow the impact of trade, export, and foreign direct investment on Irvine’s businesses and economy, enhance the value of our diversity, optimize competitive global positioning, and strengthen Irvine’s international profile.

      Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber offices

                                                      Reception follows

                           Economic Vitality Council Meeting - RESCHEDULED

Forward Focus


We need your help to align the work of our Business & Workforce Development and International Development Committees with several strategic areas so we can optimize our resources and outcomes. This is your opportunity to weigh in and shape our work moving forward.

 Here are the topics we will be covering. Please take a look ahead of time so you are ready and armed with ideas and solutions for our August EVC!

 Question 1: Given that the Chamber has assembled and makes available many business resources online and offline (Business Outreach Resource Guide, websites, and cultural awareness training), how can we encourage more companies to:

  1. Take advantage of our cultural training resources?
  2. Outreach to small and medium-sized businesses that may need help the most?
  3. Help our companies manage the 21st century challenges in trade and cybersecurity arenas?

 Question 2: How can we best promote the wide range of life-science and technology sector job opportunities among our student population?

  1. How do we most effectively encourage and connect internships in companies with students and students with company internships?
  2. What role do you see the Chamber playing in this effort to acquaint students with career choices?
  3. How can the Chamber help influence career technical skill training for those less inclined to pursue four-year degrees?

 Question 3: Knowing the characteristics of our global life-science and technology companies, why do you believe a traditional job fair is the best solution to help companies attract and hire talent?

  1. What methodology should be employed to learn company hiring practices and gauge the interest in such an event?
  2. What information do we want from HR divisions that will best inform our choice of strategies to help companies recruit talent?
  3. Who are the most likely organizations that we can collaborate with to produce such an event?

 Question 4: Knowing that Irvine is already engaged in building new housing options (delayed by the recession) and knowing that our companies need housing options to attract and retain talent, what can the Chamber do to help companies manage and mitigate this challenge during recruitment?

  1. What could the Chamber do to help retain the talent being generated by our colleges and universities in Irvine/OC?
  2. How can we connect with company HR divisions to confirm the challenges and offer solutions?
  3. Assuming that our companies would actually deploy a resource developed by the Chamber to help people explore their housing options within a 20-mile radius of Irvine, what online and/or offline resources could be developed that would help HR divisions answer questions and help candidates make choices?

The Economic Vitality Council meets twice a year to share committee and task force work with Chamber membership and the community. EVC committees meet monthly to review and discuss progress reports and recommendations.


We will resume our normal schedule with our monthly meeting on September 25, 2018.



International Development Committee Organizational Chart

Each bubble represents an area of focus for this committee.


Marv Sepe

Chair: Marv Sepe
CTC Global

Rima Nashashibi

Chair: Rima Nashashibi
Patient Safety Movement Foundation




The International Development Committee Mission Statement

The IDC will work to promote trade and enhance Irvine’s global competitiveness. The IDC will create task forces that support World Trade Week, export and trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and international outreach, and leverage the global advantages of Irvine’s diverse population.

The International Development Committee Meeting Dates

Every fourth Tuesday of the month (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) All meetings held at the Irvine Chamber – 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100 Irvine, CA  92614

Jan - No meeting (EVC)
Mar 28
Jun 27
July - No meeting (EVC)
Aug 22
Sep 26
Oct 24
Nov 28
Dec 27