Our People

Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Hei-ock Kim

Dr. Hei-ock Kim

Founder and Executive Director

Hei-ock has devoted more than 10 years to nonprofit administration in the arts, environmental conservation, and social justice. She has also been a passionate educator for over 30 years as a teacher, professor, and lecturer. Her professional involvements include being a member of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and past executive board member of the California Native Plant Society.

After graduating from Princeton University and The Juilliard School, Hei-ock earned her doctorate in classical piano performance from The Catholic University of America. She continues to share her love of music as an adjunct professor at National University.

Board of Directors

David Alvarez

City Council member, City of San Diego

Brian Cohen

SPATIAL DATA SCIENTIST, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

ALAN GIN

PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

LISA MARIE HARRIS

DIRector OF FINANCE/TREASURER, SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY

Kaitlin Hewell

Partner, Financial Focus LLC

STEVE MAKOFF

Retired Nonprofit Executive and Educator

Karen Azhocar McManus

Personal Banker, Banner Bank Chula Vista

PAMELA PAYTON

Assistant Vice President OF DIGITAL/MEDIA Communications, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

JANE TANNER

FOUNDER, GENESA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Advisory Council

SAMANTHA BEGOVICH, ESQ.

DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SAN DIEGO COUNTY

LAURA BENEDICT

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

GEORGIA CASE

PRINCIPAL, IDEA GROUP

JESSICA CRAWFORD

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, SHARP METROPOLITAN MEDICAL CAMPUS

STEPHANIE GAINES

COORDINATOR, SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATERSHED PROTECTION PROGRAM

Annette Gregg

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ALLIEDPRA

TARA JEYARATNAM

PRINCIPAL, GREENDREAMSE

JEN KEYES, CPA

CFO, LA JOLLA INSTITUTE FOR ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

TRACEY MUELLER-GIBBS

VISIONARY/FOUNDER, ROWAN’S YELLOW TREEHOUSE

Maria Acela Reed Stacey

Community Justice Program Manager, National Conflict Resolution Center

TIFFANY THOMSON

SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER, HELIX ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING