Leadership Team

We are governed by an impressive Leadership Team. . .

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The Campaign is governed by a Leadership Team of more than 60 community leaders that have been meeting monthly since July 2010.  This diverse and multi-sector group includes representatives from the downtown business community; Federal, State and local public sector agencies; Federal, State, County and City elected and appointed officials; experts in homelessness planning and affordable and supportive housing development; veterans advocates; workforce development experts; healthcare and medical service providers; philanthropic organizations; representatives from academic and research institutions; and the faith-based community.

The Campaign Leadership Team is led by the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) and coordinated by LeSar Development Consultants.  The Campaign Leadership Team signifies an unprecedented dedication and coordination of the efforts and expertise of community leaders to spur the ending of homelessness in downtown San Diego.   The Leadership Team continues to add important stakeholders and partners to the Campaign.

Representation Categories

Leadership Team Members

DSDP Executive Team Representatives
  • Kris Michell, President, Downtown San Diego Partnership
Leadership Team Implementation Coordinators
  • Jennifer LeSar, President, LeSar Development Consultants
  • Vicky Joes, Principal of Housing Policy and Programs, LeSar Development Consultants
  • Melanie Wilson, Associate, LeSar Development Consultants
  • Jessielee Coley, Research Analyst, LeSar Development Consultants
Business Community Representatives
  • Bahija Hamraz, Downtown San Diego Partnership, Clean and Safe Program
  • Kelly Knight, Downtown San Diego Partnership, Clean and Safe Program
  • Marshall Merrifield, Clark Security Products and Port of San Diego
  • Korey Sarokin, Clark Security Products
  • Monica Ball, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Eric Jones, URBAN Real Estate Services, Inc.
  • David Hazan, East Village Association
  • Nicholas Wilson, Director, Douglas Wilson Companies
  • Tod Firotto, San Diego Restaurant Supply
  • Judy Forrester, Bank of America
  • Tom Seidler, San Diego Padres
Elected RepresentativesGovernment (Federal, State, Local) Federal

  • Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein: Katherine Field
  • Office of Senator Barbara Boxer
  • Office of Congresswoman Susan Davis: Jonathan Hardy
  • Office of Congressman Scott Peters: Sarah Czarnecki
State

  • Office of California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins: Dale Kelly Bankhead
  • Office of Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, 77th District: Lance Witmondt
  • Office of Assembly Member Ben Hueso, 80th District
County of San Diego

  • Office of Supervisor Greg Cox: Danny Melgoza
  • Office of Supervisor Ron Roberts: Sterling McHale
  • Office of Supervisor Dave Roberts: Lindsey Masukawa
City of San Diego

  • Office of Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Katherine Johnston
  • Office of Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Jaymie Bradford
  • Office of Council President Todd Gloria: Steve Hill
  • Office of Council President Todd Gloria: Jessica Lawrence
  • Office of Councilmember David Alvarez: Martha Zapata
  • Office of Councilmember Lori Zapf: Leslie Perkins
  • Office of Councilmember Marti Emerald: Ralph Dimarucut
Public-Sector Agencies Federal

  • Jessica Chamberlain, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Jennifer Gerrib, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Jeffrey Gering, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Frank Riley,  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Myrna Bryn Pascual, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Matthew Doherty, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
County of San Diego

  • Tom Splitgerber, County Veterans Service Officer
  • Alfredo Aguirre, Deputy Director, Health and Human Services Agency
  • Barbara Jimenez, Deputy Director, Health and Human Services Agency
  • Keith Corry, Homeless Services Coordinator, Health and Human Services Agency
  • Henry Tarke, Health and Human Services Agency
  • Traci Finch, Health and Human Services Agency
  • Todd Henderson, Department of Housing and Community Development
City of San Diego

  • Rick Gentry, President and CEO, San Diego Housing Commission
  • Jeff Davis, San Diego Housing Commission
  • Suket Dayal, San Diego Housing Commission
  • Mathew Packard, San Diego Housing Commission
  • Melissa Peterman, San Diego Housing Commission
  • Kathi Houck, San Diego Housing Commission
  • Sgt. Rick Schnell, Homeless Outreach Team, Serial Inebriate Program, San Diego Police Department
  • Officer John Liening, Homeless Outreach Team, Serial Inebriate Program, San Diego Police Department
  • Lieutenant Debra Farrar, Homeless Outreach Team, San Diego Police Department
  • Eri Kameyama, Civic San Diego

Port of San Diego

  • Rafael Castellanos Commissioner
  • Marshall Merrifield, Commissioner
  • John Bolduc, Chief, San Diego Harbor Police
  • Todd Rakos, Sergeant, San Diego Harbor Police
  • Jernie Rosato, Senior Manager, Strategy & Business Development
  • Randa Coniglio, Executive Vice President, Operations
Ten-Year Plan Leaders
  • Kevin Crawford, President and CEO, United Way of San Diego
  • Shaina Gross, United Way of San Diego County
  • Erica Synder, United Way of San Diego County
Regional Continuum of Care Council
  • Pat Leslie, Regional Continuum of Care Council, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Jessica Wishan, Project Director, Regional Continuum of Care Council, San Diego Housing Commission
Homelessness Planning, Affordable and Supportive Housing Experts
  • Simonne Ruff, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Rich Penksa, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Dolores Diaz, Regional Task Force on the Homeless
  • Tom Theisen, Regional Task Force on the Homeless
  • Imelda McClendon, Regional Task Force on the Homeless
  • Laura Nunn, San Diego Housing Federation
Veterans Advocates
  • Rear Admiral Ronne Froman, United States Navy (Ret)
Workforce Development
  • Peter Callstrom, San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Scott H. Silverman, Consultant
Healthcare and Medical Services
  • Dr. James Dunford, City of San Diego Medical Director
  • Michael Simonsen, San Diego Medical Services
  • Jennette Lawrence, Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Ben Avey, Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Judith Yates, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties
  • Michael Bardin, Scripps Health
  • Madeleine Baudoin, American Medical Response Ambulance
Philanthropy
  • Michael McConnell, Business Leader
  • Nancy Sasaki, Executive Director, Alliance Healthcare Foundation
  • Karen Brailean, Social Venture Partners
Nonprofit Organizations
  • Bill Bolstad, Father Joe’s Villages
  • Ruth Bruland, St. Vincent de Paul Village
  • Sr. Raymonda Duvall, Catholic Charities/Rachel’s Women’s Center
  • Martha Ranson, Catholic Charities
  • Joel John Roberts, PATH Partners
  • Kalie Standish, PATH Partners
  • Jennifer Hark Dietz, PATH Partners
  • Tricia Tasto Levien, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
  • Amy Gonyeau, Alpha Project
Academic and Research Institutions
  • Dr. Thom Reilly, School of Social Work, San Diego State University
Faith-Based Community Representatives
  • Trisha Brereton, Interfaith Shelter Network
  • Joe Zilvinskis, Interfaith Shelter Network
  • Ben Montoya, Downtown Fellowship of Churches & Ministries
  • Bruce Menser, Downtown Fellowship of Churches & Ministries
Other Community Partners
  • John Ohanian, 2-1-1 San Diego
  • Gabriel Kendall, 2-1-1 San Diego
  • Jessica Rodgers, 2-1-1 San Diego
  • Anne Kerr, Independent Consultant
  • Heather Pollock, Girls Think Tank
  • Herb Johnson, San Diego Rescue Mission