Marybeth Jacobsen


Marybeth Jacobsen earned her secondary education teaching certificate before enrolling in the University of Illinois College of Law. Ms. Jacobsen practiced law in Illinois and California for nearly twenty years. She joined the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2010 as Director of Government Relations and Economic Development. The WEC grew out of the Simi Valley Chamber’s economic development programs. Ms. Jacobsen has been active in the community in numerous positions including Chair of the successful $145 million Simi Valley Measure C-4 School Bond campaign.


Mairelise Robinson

Director of Operations

Born and raised in Simi Valley, Mairelise Robinson graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2015 with two degrees in International Studies and Public Policy. For the past several years she has been active in local, regional, and national politics. Namely, Ms. Robinson has spent time in the offices of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, Representative Edward R. Royce in Washington D.C., the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and multiple Ventura County district offices and campaigns. Upon the completion of her degrees at UCSD, Ms. Robinson returned to Ventura County with a drive to make a difference in her community outside of government, thus beginning her shift into the non-profit sector.


Jacob Smith

Graphic Designer

Jake received his certificate in graphic design from Moorpark College in 2017.  He helped recreate the WEC logo, program flyers, brochures, and event programs.  Jake is a pleasure to work with and a very talented, young graphic artist.  He puts a great deal of time and thought into his work to make sure that every piece captures the essence of the message you wish to share.  Jake's goal as a graphic designer is to help you achieve your goal and send the right message with your design.

To view his portfolio or get in contact with Jake, visit his website by clicking the button below.

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Kim Robertson

Program Manager

Kim attended the University of Southern California where she received both her Bachelor and Masters Degree in Education.  She served for 39 years as a professional educator for the Los Angles Unified School District.. Her love for community and volunteer opportunities included local and regional board positions with National Charity League, and currently serves as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher and a member of various committees with Westminster Presbyterian Church. As a newly retiree, Kim was invited to join the passionate team of WEC and assist in the continuing growth of its mission.


Olivia Welnak

Media and Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Ventura County, Olivia received her Bachelor's Degree from Amberton University in Business Management and Administration in Texas. After graduation, she returned to Simi Valley to continue her education and is currently working towards her Elementary Education Credential from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Olivia has a passion for education and hopes to assist in fulfilling WEC's mission to build tomorrow's workforce today through business-driven partnerships and programs.