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 the arts, environmental conservation, and social issues. She has also been a passionate educator for more than 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, MANA de San Diego, Women in Public Finance, and the Lawyers Club of San Diego. A frequent speaker, Hei-ock has served as a subject matter expert for KPBS Midday Edition, San Diego Grantmakers, Ashford University, Women in Public Finance, and the Lawyers Club.

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, and furniture building.

Board of Directors

David Alvarez, Secretary

FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, CITY OF SAN DIEGO

Heather Marie Burke

DIRECTOR OF INVESTOR RELATIONS, MISSION DRIVEN FINANCE

ALAN GIN

PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

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

Karen Azhocar McManus

PERSONAL BANKER, BANNER BANK CHULA VISTA

PAMELA PAYTON, President

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNITY, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

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

TIFFANY THOMSON

SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER, HELIX ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

Jerry Yen

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, ADVICE ANALYTICS

Research Advisory Committee

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

Kaitlin Hewell, ALUM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TARA JEYARATNAM, EMERITUS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Kendra Jones, ALUM

STAFF

Sean Karafin, ALUM

RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE