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Ron Frierson's Bio

Ron Frierson's Bio

Ron Frierson, director of Economic Policy for the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, leads that city's team in assisting private-sector companies and helps develop policies in real-estate development, technology, entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, and tourism. He also oversees several departments, including the L.A. Convention Center, Department of Cannabis Regulation, and the Economic Workforce and Development Department.

Frierson, who came to Kansas from Saginaw, Michigan, had played on the Hornet basketball team and later on professional teams in Australia and France before beginning a business career that has spanned corporate, government, entertainment, and community service sectors, with emphasis on advising and securing public incentive programs domestically and internationally. As a recruiter for the Kansas Department of Commerce for 10 years, he brought numerous businesses to Kansas, including Emporia's Norfolk Iron and Metal plant.

Frierson serves on the Cremer School of Business Dean's Advisory Council, the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees, and presented the 2018 Sam E. & Jeannene Hayes Lecture, a series established to utilize the leadership qualities, skills, and accomplishments of ESU alumni to inspire current students. He founded the Inspire Youth Panel for inner-city students and co-founded Ad Hoc Staffing.