Board of Directors


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Frank Urtasun 
San Diego Gas & Electric

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Craig Benedetto 
(1st Vice Chairman)
California Strategies, LLC

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Robin Madaffer 
(2nd Vice Chairwoman)
San Diego Land Lawyers

Bill Sauls
Bill Sauls (Treasurer)
William H. Sauls, Attorney at Law

Sam Attisha
Sam Attisha  (Secretary)
Cox Communications

Keith B. Jones Updated
Keith B. Jones 
(Immediate Past Chairman)
Ace Parking

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Kris Michell (CEO)
Downtown San Diego Partnership

Board Members

Nelson Ackerly
Irvine Company Office Properties

Michael Akavan
MA Engineers, Inc.

Ruben Andrews
Graphic Solutions

Terry Arnett
TSA Contracting, Inc.

Remedios Gómez Arnau
Consulate General of Mexico

Richard Bach
Turner Construction

Whitney Benzian
CA Apartment Association

Charles Black
Bosa Development Corporation

Phil Blair
Manpower San Diego

Kim Bond
Mental Health Systems

Kim Brewer
Westfield Corporation, Inc.

Casey Brown
BBL Commercial Real Estate

Janice Brown
Brown Law Group

Marjorie Burchett
McKenna Long & Aldrige, LLP

Michael Burton

Jeff Cavignac
Cavignac and Associates

Jim Chatfield
JMI Realty

Nikki Clay
The Clay Company

Ed Cramp
Duane Morris LLP

Jennifer Crawford
Syska Hennessy Group

Steve Cushman
Cush Enterprises

Jim Dawe
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Ignacio De La Torre

Perry Dealy
Dealy Development, Inc.

Rodger Dougherty
Kaiser Permanente

Patricia Elizondo

Steve Espino
AmericanWest Bank

Jennifer Farnham
Gilbane Building Company

Tom Ferrell
Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Tod Firotto
San Diego  Restaurant Supply

Henry Ford
Fox Sports San Diego

Chris Frahm
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Joyce Glazer
San Diego Magazine

Richard Gonor

Stephan Goss
Zeeto Media

Scott Grady
Emmes  Realty Services of California, LLC

Ernie Hahn
Valley View Casino Center

Doug Hecht

Wayne Hickey

Star Hughes
Hughes Marino

JP Huntington
Cushman & Wakefield

Michael Johnson
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Donna Jones
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Eric Jones
Urban Real Estate Services

Dale Kain

Dan Kaplan
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Gail King
Torrey Pines Bank

Jason Kulpa
Underground Elephant, Inc.

Rob Lankford
Lankford & Associates

Stephen Lew
Lew & Associates

Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge
Navy Region SW

Alvin Mansour
The Mansour Group

Jack McGrory
La Jolla MJ Management, LLC

Kent McNeil
Bumble Bee Seafoods

Howard Mills
Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.

Neil Mohr
Republic Services

Job Nelson
Unified Port of San Diego

James Nigro
US Bank

John Ohanian
2-1-1 San Diego

Sumeet Parekh
HP Investors

Doug Paul
The Paul Company

Mark Payne
Swinerton Builders, Inc.

Stacey Lankford Pennington
SLP Urban Planning

Phil Petersen

Alan Petrasek
Clark Construction Group California, LP

Phil Rath
Rath Miller LLC

Janelle Riella
Presidio Public Affairs Group

Scott Ripperton
Wells Fargo Bank

Paul Robinson
Hecht, Solberg, Robinson, Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Rana Sampson
Union Bank

John Schafer
Manchester Grand Hyatt

Tom Seidler
San Diego Padres

Philip Serghini

Bill Shaw
Bill Shaw Consulting

Greg Shields
Project Design Consultants

Bill Siegel

Michael Simonsen
Rural Metro Ambulance

Ryan Sisson
5ifty & 5ifty

Don Stanziano
Scripps Health

Jeff Stauffer

Eric Stenman
Balfour Beatty Construction

Tito Taing

Andrew Taylor

Krista Torquato
Bank of America

Dr. Lori Williams
Ashford University

Nicholas Wilson
Douglas Wilson Companies


Darin Anderson

Jaymie Bradford
Office of Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Mark Cafferty
San Diego Regional EDC

Adam Day
Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation

Aimee Faucett
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Rich Geisler
Civic San Diego

Rick Gentry
San Diego Housing Commission

David Hazan
East Village Association

Mike Madigan
Community Representative

Greg McKee

Bob Morris
RBM & Associates

Mark Navarra
Jerome’s Furniture

Joe Panetta

Jimmy Parker
Gaslamp Quarter Association

Claudine Scott
PBID Board Chair

Pat Stark
Stark Construction Consulting

Joyce Summer
Cortez Community

Joe Terzi
San Diego Tourism Authority

Jim Waring
CleanTech San Diego

Tony Young
Civic Link Strategies


Co-Chair: Tom Ferrell, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack
Co-Chair: Michele Vives, Douglas Wilson Companies
This group will evaluate our current resources and explore new funding mechanisms to ensure we have a sustainable staffing structure to deliver on our “Imagine Downtown” action plan.

Chair: Bill Sauls, William A. Sauls Attorney at Law
This group is responsible for reviewing and providing guidance for the DSDP’S financial matters. Specifically, the committee assures internal controls, independent audit, and financial analysis for the organization.

Co-Chair: Stephan Goss, Zeeto Media
Co-Chair: Christie Kong, Emmes
This group will work to identify best practices and incentives to grow the needed tech ecosystem in Downtown, including the creation of an incubator/accelerator space.

PBID Advisory
Chair: Claudine Scott, Keller Williams
The PBID Advisory Committee will provide input to the staff regarding operational issues of the Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Program, offer recommendations for the PBID budget, and review the Operating Agreement between the City and DSDP.

This 501c3 foundation is dedicated to enhance the quality of life in Downtown San Diego by: Working to systematically eliminate homelessness and working to create and implement Our Downtown Vision –identifying needs and priorities and outlining the strategies for implementation.

Chair: Craig Benedetto, California Strategies
Co-Chair: Lori Ann Stevens, Turner Construction
This group is focused on ensuring that we have a comprehensive membership program offering the right mix of events, benefits and value to retain and attract new members so we can successfully grow our organization and deliver on our mission.

Co-Chair: Brendan Foote, Hughes Marino
Co-Chair: Mike Madigan, Community Representative
This group will focus on efforts to develop a comprehensive placemaking strategy as well as attract and promote arts and culture events at venues throughout Downtown.

Co-Chair: Donna Jones, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Co-Chair: Michael Johnson, Carrier Johnson + Culture
This group will help develop the region’s first ever urban symposium to help brand San Diego’s urban core to a national audience while strengthening our ties with communities throughout the region and across our border.

Co-Chair: Phil Rath, Rath Miller LLC.
Co-Chair: James Lawson, California Strategies
This group monitors and advocates on issues affecting the design and development of Downtown San Diego as well as providing direction on all matters of the Downtown San Diego Partnership that relate to government, particularly at a local level.

This 501c3 foundation is dedicated to preserving, promoting and advancing the acquisition, programming and maintenance of parks and open space in downtown San Diego for the benefit of the community at large.

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