Genelle Taylor Kumpe has devoted her career to empowering others, advocating for women and children and improving her community in every possible way. Genelle most recently has taken on the role of COO of the Fresno Business Council and Executive Director of its manufacturing initiative, the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance. She transitioned to Fresno City College and served as an adjunct faculty member at Fresno City College teaching 21st Century Workplace Skills after spending three years as the Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center, Fresno County’s resource for shelter and services for victims of domestic violence.

Kumpe’s dedicated and innovative work in this role earned state-wide recognition, receiving the Breakthrough Leader Award from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. Prior to joining the Marjaree Mason Center, Kumpe served as the Associate Director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for 10 of the 15 years of her tenure at California State University, Fresno. She led more than a dozen programs that promoted innovation and entrepreneurship nationally and internationally, and have been replicated in other regions. Kumpe received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and is a certified entrepreneurship teacher via the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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In addition to being an Advisor for the Executive Director and Board of Made For Them, a social enterprise combatting human trafficking, Kumpe is a current member in the La Feliz Guild and a founding member of the La Visionaria Guild, both of which are non-profit organizations whose mission is to engage in creative and innovate ways to raise funds, advocate for children, and promote goodwill for Valley Children’s Hospital. Being inspired by her father who lost his battle with cancer in 2011, Genelle participated in the Central California Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year Campaign and was named 2018 Woman of the Year for her record-breaking fundraising effort.