Our People

Dr. Hei-ock Kim

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Hei-ock Kim

Hei-ock has devoted over a decade to nonprofit administration in social justice, environmental conservation, and the arts. She was also a passionate educator for more than 30 years as a teacher, professor, and lecturer.

Hei-ock serves on the board of Workforce Ventures, increasing workforce participation through income share agreements. She is a member of San Diego County’s Women’s Commission, MANA de San Diego, Women in Public Finance, and Lawyers Club of San Diego. A frequent speaker, Hei-ock has served as a subject matter expert on workplace gender equity for KPBS Midday Edition, Employee Rights Center, Women in Public Finance, Lawyers Club and San Diego Councilmember Barbara Bry.

After graduating from Princeton University and The Juilliard School, Hei-ock earned her doctorate in classical piano performance from The Catholic University of America. Her favorite pastimes include rock climbing, kayaking, native plant landscaping, and furniture building.

Board of Directors

David Alvarez, Secretary

CEO, CAUSA CONSULTING & FORMER SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

Heather Marie Burke

DIRECTOR OF INVESTOR RELATIONS, MISSION DRIVEN FINANCE

LISA MARIE HARRIS, Treasurer

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE/TREASURER, SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY

Tom Lemmon

CHAIR AND CEO, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL FAMILY HOUSING CORPORATION

STEVE MAKOFF

RETIRED NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE AND EDUCATOR

Dan McAllister

SAN DIEGO COUNTY TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR

PAMELA PAYTON, President

CHIEF IMPACT AND PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER, VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY IMPACT AT THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION

Jane Tanner, Vice President

FOUNDER, GENESA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Advisory Council

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 OF EXPERIENCE AT MEETING PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL

Steph Groce

FOUNDER AND CEO, BUILT BY PNINDUSTRIES, INC

Linda Kavanagh

VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, COX COMMUNICATIONS

JEN KEYES, CPA

CFO, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Martin Kleckner III

MANAGING PARTNER, LA COSTA GROUP, LLC

TRACEY MUELLER-GIBBS

VISIONARY/FOUNDER, ROWAN’S YELLOW TREEHOUSE

Maria Acela Reed Stacey

COMMUNITY LIAISON SBDC

Jerry Yen

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, ADVICE ANALYTICS

Research Advisory Committee

Tina Ngo Bartel

Director, Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research

Murtaza Baxamusa, Ph.D., AICP

DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL FAMILY HOUSING CORPORATION

Ryan Karlsgodt

RESEARCH ANALYST, UNITEHERE LOCAL 30

Benjamin Mendoza

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS ADVISOR, UC SAN DIEGO STUDENT PROMOTED ACCESS CENTER FOR EDUCATION & SERVICE

Jessica Noel

RESEARCH ANALYST, SOUTHWESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

Jennifer Rosen, Ph.D.

SOCIOLOGIST

Cristina Sanchez-Kerr

PARTNER, ARBORETA GROUP

Gina Spidel

INSTRUCTOR OF SOCIOLOGY, 32ND STREET NAVAL BASE

Eduardo Velasquez

SENIOR RESEARCH MANAGER, SAN DIEGO REGIONAL EDC

Connie Wedel

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES, THE BINDING SITE

EMERITUS & ALUMNI

Brian Cohen, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ALAN GIN, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kaitlin Hewell, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TARA JEYARATNAM, EMERITUS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Kendra Jones, ALUM

STAFF

Sean Karafin, ALUM

RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Karen Azhocar McManus, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TIFFANY THOMSON, EMERITUS

ADVISORY COUNCIL