Board of Directors
The meeting schedule below is subject to change. Individual meeting agendas include location and/or call-in details.
|Date & Time
|February 28, 2024, Noon
|Board Packet1.41 MB
|March 27, 2024, Noon
|April 24, 2024, Noon
|June 26, 2024, Noon
|August 28, 2024, Noon
|September 25, 2024, Noon
|October 30, 2024, Noon
|December 11, 2024, Noon
Jeff Gattas is the Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff at UC San Diego, where he serves as the senior strategic advisor to the Chancellor and the campus executive leadership team. As a key architect of the Chancellor's strategies and tactics to achieve institutional goals and objectives, Jeff provides senior executive-level oversight and coordination to implement the directives and institutional initiatives of UC San Diego. Jeff also leads the University Government and Community Relations unit.
Jeff has over twenty-five years of experience in communications, government, and public affairs. At UC San Diego, he previously served as Executive Director for University Communications and Public Affairs. Jeff also served as San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ Director of City Council Affairs, as Chief of Staff/Policy to San Diego City Councilmember and Acting Mayor Toni Atkins, and District Director and Press Secretary for California Assemblymember Denise Moreno Ducheny.
Shawn VanDiver is the founder of #AfghanEvac and works with government leaders at all levels throughout California to identify innovative solutions to long-term civic challenges. Shawn is the founder of the San Diego Chapter of the Truman National Security Project and serves as Executive Director of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum’s San Diego Chapter. He also serves on the Boards for Emerge California, Veterans Community Connections and the Downtown San Diego Partnership.
He attended National University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and University of San Francisco and holds degrees and certifications related to homeland security, cybersecurity, emergency management, and public leadership. Shawn is a Navy veteran, proud father and avid sailor.
Will Rodriguez-Kennedy is a public servant and community leader who serves as a Defense and Veteran Affairs Field Representative in the Office of Congressman Scott Peters and as the Vice President of the County of San Diego Civil Service Commission. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he has more than a decade of demonstrated service to community, county, and country.
Will became civically active in his fight against the unconstitutional "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy when he was outed in the military as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Since then, Will has been a leading voice on issues of social and economic justice. His previous board service includes San Diego LGBT Pride and the San Diego County Veteran and Military Advisory Council.
Alyssa Turowski is the General Manager of the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, where she is responsible for overseeing the guest experience and operations of the hotel, located at the 18th green of the prestigious Torrey Pines South Golf Course with views of the Pacific Ocean. With more than 20 years of experience in tourism and hospitality, 15 of her years have been here in San Diego.
Alyssa’s volunteer experience has included serving on the San Diego Tourism and Marketing District board and the San Diego County Lodging Association. The San Diego Women in Tourism and Hospitality named Alyssa a 2022 Honoree.
Jaymie Bradford leads the strategy and vision of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.
She has worked in policy and public affairs for the City of San Diego for over a decade, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, and as Director of Intergovernmental Relations during Jerry Sanders' tenure as Mayor of San Diego.
Sam Nejabat serves at the California Department of Justice as the Senior Advisor of Business Affairs to Attorney General Bonta. Previously, Sam was Assistant Deputy Director of External Affairs for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and served as President of SJN Properties from 2013 to 2020. He is a member of the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors.
Sam earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California Berkeley, a juris doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.
Gretchen Newsom is an International Representative for the Ninth District of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Previously, she served as the Political Director for IBEW Local 569. She specializes in labor relations, government affairs, and community advocacy.
A graduate of the California State Executive Fellowship Program, Gretchen serves on the California Employment Training Panel, the California Coastal Commission as an alternate Commissioner, and the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Audit Committee as Chair. She is President Emeritus of the Ocean Beach Town Council.
Gretchen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Humboldt State University with a degree in Government and Politics.
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