EVC Staff


Michael Manchak

President & CEO

Currently President and CEO of the Economic Vitality Corporation a non-profit economic development organization serving San Luis Obispo County. Manchak previously served as the project manager for Cal Poly’s California Central Coast Research Partnership, and has held leadership positions at technology companies in the west. He started his career in banking by managing real estate development financing in southern California at Chase Manhattan Corporation. Manchak has a business degree from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Workforce Investment Board; Twin Cities Community Hospital; Central Coast Economic Forecast; Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business; Rabobank Advisory Council; Cuesta College; and Central Coast Venture Forum’s Clean Business Investment Summit. He has served on the Boards of California Association for Local Economic Development, California Space Authority, and UCSB Economic Forecast Project.

mmanchak@sloevc.org or (805) 788-2013

Valarie Koos

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Koos graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her specific areas of expertise include complying with corporate, individual, trust, and partnership tax law; planning tax strategies on an international, multistate, and local basis; researching complex tax issues; representing clients on audits by the IRS and various state taxing authorities; preparation of required income tax provisions and required disclosures for the financial statements for private entities; and consulting on accounting and auditing related issues. She currently serves as a member of the music education committee for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and on the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. She is a member of the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

info@sloevc.org or (805) 788-2013

Loreli Cappel

Senior Project Director

As Senior Project Director for the EVC, Ms. Cappel will be working on various tasks and projects including management of the Regional Economic Analyses and Strategic & Implementation Plan for San Luis Obispo County for the post-Diablo economy. Homegrown on the Central Coast, and a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Loreli is extremely passionate about the region's success and quality of life it provides. She previously served as Manager of Urban Revitalization and Design Services at Michael Baker International and brings to the EVC almost 20 years of experience in community planning and public engagement. Ms. Cappel has focused her career on helping communities develop long range visions, plans, and implementation strategies for achieving these visions. Her passion for genuine community and stakeholder engagement runs deep. The EVC Senior Project Director position is a natural progression of her career, and presents an opportune use of her talents.

lcappel@sloevc.org or (805) 788-2015

Karilyn Taylor

Project Coordinator

ktaylor@sloevc.org or (805) 788-2012