New director appointed to Sacramento CITD

Interim Director Sam Driggers

The Los Rios Community College District, Workforce and Economic Development (WED) Center announces that Sam Driggers, CEcD has been appointed as Interim Director for the Los Rios Center for International Trade Development (CITD), providing seamless coverage following the retirement of longtime CITD Director Brooks Ohlson.

Driggers is a professionally certified international economic developer and has more than 25 years of international, statewide, and local experience in trade and investment promotion, along with business and economic development.

Prior to establishing his own consultancy–Global Frontiers–he was Director of Special Projects with GlobalSF, a San Francisco-based foreign direct investment promotion agency.  Driggers’ California-based international economic development work spans the state’s organizational ecosystem, including state government, regional EDOs and local jurisdictions.  Driggers is member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), where he has served as 2019 chair of the IEDC International Advisory Committee.

“We are pleased to have Sam join CITD as Los Rios looks to leverage and enhance the CITD to meet the new global challenges and cross-border opportunities facing the Capital Region business community and educating the next generation of trade and NGO leaders from across the region,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Instruction, Tammy Montgomery.

Driggers earned his master’s degree in international trade and policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and was recognized with a 2016 Alumni Service Award for his work in helping connect alumni to global employment prospects.  His undergraduate degrees in Economic History and African Political Studies were earned at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa. 

Driggers specialized economic development education includes certification coursework through Oklahoma University’s, Economic Development Institute and the International Economic Development Council.  In addition, Driggers has completed the Executive Education program, Leading Economic Growth, from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and earned an ECTS-accredited Evidenced-Based Policy Research Methods Programme certificate from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Maastricht Economic and Social Research institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), a joint research and training institute of the United Nations University and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. 

Driggers is particularly interested in the importance of cross-border trade and investment, and educational connectivity among economic development organizations, especially how they facilitate global flows while increasing economic prosperity at home and educating the next generation of globally connected and culturally aware employees.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sacramento CITD office is closed for the time being, but staff is still providing client services and counseling remotely. The office can assist with import-export inquiries and meet other one-on-one aspects of trade and investment inquiries by email or phone to Sam Driggers at DriggeS@losrios.edu or 916-761-7821. All events are cancelled until further notice.