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

Matt Adams
Manchester Grand Hyatt

Michael Akavan
MA Engineers, Inc.

Ruben Andrews
Graphic Solutions

Terry Arnett
TSA Contracting, Inc.

Richard Bach
Turner Construction

Whitney Benzian
CA Apartment Association

Phil Blair
Manpower San Diego

Greg Bowman
Bollert Lebeau Commercial Real Estate

Kim Brewer
Westfield Corporation, Inc.

Casey Brown
The Casey Brown Company

Janice Brown
Brown Law Group

Marjorie Burchett

Michael Burton
Cushman and Wakefield

Matt Carlson

Jeff Cavignac
Cavignac and Associates

Jim Chatfield
JMI Realty

Nikki Clay
The Clay Company

Jennifer Crawford
Syska Hennessy Group

Steve Cushman
Cush Enterprises

Bob Daugherty
Ashford University

Jim Dawe
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Ignacio De La Torre

Perry Dealy
Dealy Development, Inc.

Scott Diggs
Irvine Company Office Properties

Rodger Dougherty
Kaiser Permanente

Steve Espino
Banner 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

Darrel Fullbright

Joyce Glazer
San Diego Magazine

Richard Gonor

Ashley Gosal
Bosa Development Corporation

Stephan Goss
Zeeto Media

Ernie Hahn
Velley View Casino Center

Patricia Hollenbeck
Duane Morris

Star Hughes-Gorup
Hughes Marino

Jordan Johnson
Emmes Realty Services of California

Michael Johnson
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Donna Jones
Law Offices of Donna Jones

Eric Jones
Urban Real Estate Services

Diana Kelly
The Home Depot

Gail King
Torrey Pines Bank

James Langley
Schwartz Commercial Realty

Rob Lankford
Lankford & Associates

James Lawson
Presidio PAG, Inc.

MaeLin Levine
Urban Discovery Academy

Stephen Lew
S. Lew & Associates

Alvin Mansour
The Mansour Group

Jack McGrory
La Jolla MJ Management, LLC

Howard Mills
Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.

Neil Mohr
Republic Services

Job Nelson
Unified Port of San Diego

James Nigro
U.S. 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
Dynalectric San Diego

Matthew Porreca

Glenn Quiroga
Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation

Victor Ramsauer

Phil Rath
Rath Miller LLC

Cynthia Morgan Reed
Morgan Reed Law

Mike Ricker
Clark Construction Group – California, LP

Scott Ripperton
Wells Fargo Bank

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

Jarrod Russell
Underground Elephant, Inc.

Rana Sampson
Union Bank

Ken Sauder
Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation

Tom Seidler
San Diego Padres

Greg Shields
Project Design Consultants

Ryan Sisson
Moniker Group

Don Stanziano
Scripps Health

Jeff Stauffer

Eric Stenman
Balfour Beatty Construction

Tito Taing

Jan Tharp
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC

Krista Torquato
Bank of America

Aaron Wiehe
PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Robert York
The San Diego Tribune

Nicholas Wilson
Douglas Wilson Companies


Darin Anderson

Remedios Gómez Arnau
Consulate General of Mexico

Mark Cafferty
San Diego Regional EDC

Scott Chadwick
City of San Diego

Aimee Faucett
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Rich Geisler
Civic San Diego

Rick Gentry
San Diego Housing Commission

Howard Greenberg
Gaslamp Quarter Association

David Hazan
East Village Association

Haney Hong
San Diego Tax Payers Association

Mike Madigan
Community Representative

Greg McKee

Jamie Moraga
San Diego Military Advisory Council

Bob Morris
RBM & Associates

Mark Navarra
Jerome’s Furniture

Joe Panetta

Stephen Puetz
Office of Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Rear Admiral Markham Rich
East Village 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



Meets every other Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
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: Jarrod Russell, Underground Elephant
Co-Chair: Alex Rolek, Brandisty
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.

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.


Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m.
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.


Meets on an as needed basis
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: Michele Vives, Douglas Wilson Companies
Co-Chair: James Lawson, Presidio PAG, Inc.
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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