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Costa Mesa Chamber Announces New Board of Directors
Kimberley Layton
Vice President, External Affairs
Los Angeles Chargers
Magdalena Gomez
Director of Public Relations
California Southern University

Costa Mesa, Calif (April, 2018) --- Two new Directors have been appointed to the Board of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce in their continued commitment to maintain a well-balanced, informed and pro-active roster of Directors. The additions expand the board from 17 to 19 members engaged in maintaining the mission to be the leading proponent for business interests in the city.
Kimberley Layton, Vice President, long time External Affairs for the Los Angeles Chargers joined the Chargers in June of 2000. Initially recruited to create and direct the new Chargers Corporate and Community Relations Department, over the years her responsibilities have grown to include expanding the Chargers business, governmental, educational and charitable relationships as well as directing activities of the Chargers Community Foundation.
Magdalena Gomez, Director of Public Relations for Cal Southern University, Costa Mesa represents the institution in all external matters related to the public image of the university. She is responsible for managing internal and external communications in its mission of leadership as pioneers of online education. 
Commenting on the leadership appointments at the Chamber, Eileen Benjamin, CEO said, "We're pleased to welcome Ms. Layton and Ms. Gomez as part of our continued strategy to bring engaged, well connected and smart leadership to our Board of Directors. In addition to bringing significant business acumen, our new directors provide fresh perspectives that will complement our current directors' considerable skills and experience.
Jennifer Farrell, Chairwoman of the Board and Partner (Government & Regulatory) at Rutan & Tucker, commented, “On behalf of our entire board of directors, we welcome Ms. Layton and Ms. Gomez to our organization. They are proven leaders in their industries and our community, and we are grateful for the time, energy and wisdom that they will deliver to our leadership team.”