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 also a member of 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

David Alvarez, Vice President

CEO, CAUSA CONSULTING & FORMER SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

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Heather Marie Burke

DIRECTOR OF INVESTOR RELATIONS, MISSION DRIVEN FINANCE

Shanté Lampkin

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION LIAISON, NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE ASSOCIATION

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Tom Lemmon

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

Steve Makoff

STEVE MAKOFF, FOUNDING MEMBER

RETIRED NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE & EDUCATOR

Nancy Mancilla

PRESIDENT & CEO, ISOS GROUP

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Dan McAllister

SAN DIEGO COUNTY TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR

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PAMELA PAYTON, President & FOUNDING MEMBER

CHIEF IMPACT AND PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER, THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION

Advisory Council

LAURA BENEDICT

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

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GEORGIA CASE

PRINCIPAL, IDEA GROUP

Jessica Crawford

JESSICA CRAWFORD

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, SHARP METROPOLITAN MEDICAL CAMPUS

STEPHANIE GAINES

COORDINATOR, SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATERSHED PROTECTION PROGRAM

Annette Greg

Annette Gregg

SVP OF EXPERIENCE, MEETING PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL

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Steph Groce

FOUNDER & CEO, BUILT BY PNINDUSTRIES, INC

Dr. Stephen Josephs

MASTER COACH & CO-AUTHOR OF "LEADERSHIP AGILITY"

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Linda Kavanagh

VP HUMAN RESOURCES, COX COMMUNICATIONS

JEN KEYES

CFO, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

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Martin Kleckner III

MANAGING PARTNER, LA COSTA GROUP, LLC

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TRACEY MUELLER-GIBBS

VISIONARY/FOUNDER, ROWAN’S YELLOW TREEHOUSE

Maria Stacey

Maria Acela Reed Stacey

DIRECTOR, BDC INTERNATIONAL

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Jerry Yen

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, ADVICE ANALYTICS

Research Advisory Committee

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Tina Ngo Bartel

DIRECTOR, CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR LABOR MARKET RESEARCH

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Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa

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

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Ryan Karlsgodt

SR ASSOCIATE, STRATEGIES 360

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Benjamin Mendoza

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

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Jessica Noel

SR RESEARCH & PLANNING ANALYST, SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

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Dr. Jennifer Rosen

SOCIOLOGIST

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Cristina Sanchez-Kerr

PARTNER, ARBORETA GROUP

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Gina Spidel

INSTRUCTOR OF SOCIOLOGY, 32ND STREET NAVAL BASE

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Eduardo Velasquez

SR RESEARCH MANAGER, SAN DIEGO REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP

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Connie Wedel

VP HUMAN RESOURCES, THE BINDING SITE

EMERITUS & ALUMNI

Brian Cohen, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, FOUNDING MEMBER

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DR. ALAN GIN, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, FOUNDING MEMBER

Lisa Marie Harris

LISA MARIE HARRIS, Alum

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, FOUNDING MEMBER

Kaitlin Hewell, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TARA JEYARATNAM, EMERITUS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

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Kendra Jones, ALUM

STAFF

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Sean Karafin, ALUM

RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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Karen Azhocar McManus, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Jane Tanner, Alum

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, FOUNDING MEMBER

Tiffany Thomson

TIFFANY THOMSON, EMERITUS

ADVISORY COUNCIL