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ABOUT Downtown San Diego Partnership
THE DSDP TEAM
As the President/CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Kris Michell oversees the day-to-day operations of the 300+ membership organization with responsibility for implementing the Board’s Strategic Plan for downtown overseeing the $6 million Clean and Safe program; a 24/7 operation of maintenance and safety services.
Prior to her selection as President/CEO, Kris served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Jerry Sanders where she ran the day-to-day operations of the Mayor’s Office implementing the Mayor’s ambitious agenda for city government.
Her life has been a perfect mix of public and private service.
As past Vice President of the Sickels Group, she oversaw risk management with government approval/entitlements for key projects. Kris was also Vice President at Marsh Risk and Insurance Services where she led the Real Estate/Public Entity Practice. She counseled clients in the use of insurance as a business solution for government and real estate transactions.
If you love Petco Park, you can thank Kris for her role as Vice President of Governmental Relations for the San Diego Padres, where she managed overall governmental relations coordinating the campaign in support of Proposition C, the successful ballot measure that led to the development of Petco Park. Prior to the Padres, Kris was Director of Community Outreach, and Chief of Staff for Mayor Susan Golding spearheading the City’s efforts in hosting the 1996 Republican National Convention. She also worked as Community Affairs Director for the Building Industry Association coordinating overall political and community public relations activities, as well as grass-roots advocacy programs.
Kris is proud to serve on the boards of: San Diego County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, United Way of San Diego County, San Diego Foundation Regional Vision Group, She is a member of a variety of organizations including the Downtown Rotary Club of San Diego 33, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, and the Ending Homelessness Leadership Team.
A native San Diegan, Michell earned a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University. She and her husband, Mitch, enjoy spending time at the beach with family, and their dog Cody.
Executive Director - Clean & Safe ProgramBAHIJA HAMRAZExecutive Director - Clean & Safe Program
Bahija Hamraz is the District Director for the Downtown San Diego Partnership.
In this role, Bahija is responsible for managing the renewal process of the Clean and Safe program, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Business Improvement District and leading the implementation of the organizational restructure.
Bahija has over 12 years of experience in accounting, financial management, client services and product development. Her career spans both the private and public sectors with experience working in various industries, including software development, hospitality and finance.
Bahija received a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in a lovely craftsman home in North Park, where she enjoys reading, playing with her dogs, hanging out with friends and family, and all things yoga.
Vice President of Finance/Admin.JOHN HANLEYVice President of Finance/Admin.
John Hanley joined the Downtown San Diego Partnership in March of 2004 as the Accounting Manager for the Clean and Safe Program. The renewal of the Clean and Safe Program in 2005 doubled the previous budget with increased services provided to downtown.
John is responsible for the financial activities for both the Downtown San Diego Partnership, and its Clean and Safe Program. Prior to his work with the Partnership, John worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years in operations, sales, and accounting.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, John earned a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from UW-Stout. John enjoys being outdoors hiking, biking and working in the garden. John is active in his community and serves on the board of San Diego Canyonlands and leads a Canyon Friends Group with monthly events.
Vice President of External AffairsJENNIFER DAVIESVice President of External Affairs
Through her role as director of external affairs, Jennifer Davies brings more than a decade of experience in local government and communications.
As communications director for Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, Jennifer helped shape and communicate Lightner’s policy priorities, including economic development initiatives, workforce training, and the creation of a reliable water supply.
Prior to that, she served as the marketing and communications manager for Centre City Development Corporation, the former downtown San Diego redevelopment agency, where she worked on a number of important issues including as CCDC’s efforts to address homelessness.
Prior to her role at CCDC, Davies was a long-time staff writer at The San Diego Union-Tribune, covering a broad range of high-profile topics including the environment and consumer issues and such business sectors as tourism and telecommunications.
Davies graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She lives with her family in Ocean Beach.
Vice President Membership & EventsLINDSAY KIRKMANVice President Membership & Events
Lindsay is the Director of Membership Development & Special Events for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She is responsible for managing the Partnership’s membership base of more than 200 businesses and organizations. She is also responsible for the coordination of all special events, including the Annual Alonzo Awards Dinner.
She has been with the Partnership since 2011 and started as the Operations and Media Manager. Lindsay began her career in development and events at the ARC of San Diego as an intern in the development and marketing department.
Born and raised in Vacaville, California, Lindsay enjoys camping, cooking, and spending time with family. Lindsay received a B.A. in Communication, New Media from San Diego State University and lives in Crown Point.
Membership/Events CoordinatorKAITLIN PHILLIPSMembership/Events Coordinator
Kaitlin is the Membership and Events Coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Kaitlin works closely with the events and membership manager to coordinate the Partnership’s popular special events.
As a San Diego native, Kaitlin is excited to be part of a results-oriented, driven organization that serves downtown and its surrounding communities. She joined the Partnership after working several years in the events and promotional management industry.
Kaitlin received a B.A. in Communication from the California State University, San Marcos. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her family, travels as much as possible, and can’t wait to attend the many local sporting events and concerts San Diego has to offer.
Human Resources Manager - DSDP Clean & Safe ProgramLAURA RABAGOHuman Resources Manager - DSDP Clean & Safe Program
Laura Rabago has been with the Downtown San Diego Partnership Clean & Safe program since February 2004. Laura brings a strong background in Human Resources and Customer Service. Before joining the Clean & Safe Program Laura was employed in the hospitality industry working for 12 years in Tijuana and San Diego. Laura attended the University of Baja California in Tijuana, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Administration.
Some of Laura’s responsibilities include administrating compensation and benefits policies and acting as a link between management and employees.
Laura has been married for ten years and has a beautiful six year old son. In their spare time Laura and her family love to visit with relatives on both sides of the boarder.
Homeless Outreach Supervisor- DSDP Clean & Safe ProgramKELLY KNIGHTHomeless Outreach Supervisor- DSDP Clean & Safe Program
Kelly Knight brings to Downtown San Diego Partnership Clean & Safe a wide range of experience working with the homeless population and homeless service providers of San Diego. Before coming to Clean & Safe Kelly was employed with Alpha Project for the Homeless for seven years working on many different programs and projects including Winter Shelter, The Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and Street Outreach to name a few.
Kelly is a native San Diegan who enjoys the diversity of our beautiful city by the bay. Some of her interests include reading, cooking and spending time with her daughter.
Kelly conducts street outreach, provides resources and referrals to the Downtown homeless population. She also facilitates the Work Your Way Home program and collaborates with other service providers to help homeless individuals navigate the systems of care available to them.
Director of Operations - Clean & Safe ProgramSAM JACKSONDirector of Operations - Clean & Safe Program
Sam has been with the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe Program since June, 2006. Prior to coming to Clean & Safe, Sam was an engineer at RJ Reynolds for 14 years and proudly served in the United State Armed Forces for 20 years. Sam brings decades of strong leadership and management experience to the Clean & Safe program.
Working directly with the Executive Director, Sam oversees the daily operations of Clean & Safe. Some of his duties include the scheduling of daily maintenance, power washing sidewalks, and tree trimming. Sam works closely with the downtown residents, and property and business owners, to ensure our downtown neighborhoods are the cleanest & safest of any city.
Office Manager - Clean & Safe ProgramKATE SIMPSONOffice Manager - Clean & Safe Program
Kate returns to San Diego after earning her degree in Communications from San Francisco State University. A San Diego native, Kate is happy to be a part of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Clean & Safe Program. She will be serving as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and the Clean & Safe Program.
A few of Kate’s favorite things are cooking, sports, fitness, supporting her local community, as well as spending time with family and friends.
INTERN SUPERSTARKATARINA VASQUEZINTERN SUPERSTAR
Katarina Vasquez is a Communications major and a Television, Film, and Media minor at San Diego State University. Although she was born in San Diego, as the daughter of a U.S. Naval Captain, she has moved all over the U.S. since she was young. When she was 13, she and her family moved back to San Diego and she hasn’t left since. In her spare time she enjoys fashion, creating art, hiking, going to the beach, and quoting movies with her friends.
After graduation, she hopes to gain experience in social media, event planning and television production. She recently turned 21 and loves to hang out Downtown. She is excited to learn more and contribute to the vision of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.
The Partnership plans, produces, and promotes a variety of special events throughout the year.
UPCOMING DSDP EVENT:
- Annual Golf Tournament
- The Annual Taste of Downtown
- Annual Alonzo Awards Dinner
- Annual Holiday Party
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