Joel Trambley, MD, PhD
Joel Trambley, MD, PhD, serves as Chair of the Commission. Dr. Trambley is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego Medical Center. After MD and PhD training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, he completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007 he moved to San Diego to take his current position training California’s doctors of tomorrow. In late 2007 Dr. Trambley became the Political Co-chairperson for the Human Rights Campaign San Diego Steering Committee. Since then, he has also been involved in the “No on 8” campaign, Marriage Equality USA, the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council Public Policy Advisory Committee, and electoral politics. He currently authors the “Politically Aware” column in the San Diego LGBT Weekly.
Susan M. Thomson Tschirn, PhD
Susan M. Thomson, PhD, serves as the Vice Chair of the Commission. Dr. Thomson is committed to supporting the educational and emotional needs of the San Diego Community. Dr. Thomson is a counseling therapist in La Jolla and has been working with substance abuse clients for the last 20 years. Formerly, Dr. Thomson was an educational specialist in the area of learning challenges and emotional disabilities for young school children. Dr. Thomson is past President of the Board of Explorer Elementary, a Charter School in La Jolla of which she was instrumental in helping to launch. Dr. Thomson is also a past Board President of The Children’s School, and past President of the Parent’s Association of The Bishop’s School. Dr. Thomson has been deeply committed to the Vista Hill Foundation where she has chaired their annual gala for three consecutive years, raising money for the Don Allen Parent Care Family Recovery Center, and other Vista Hill Programs. Dr. Thomson received her first Master’s degree from the University of Arizona followed by a second Master’s degree and Doctoral Degree and training from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mark K. Dillon
Mark is a retired technology executive where he served as the Senior Manager for Business and Product Development for Verizon Online. He also served as the Director for the Content and Creative Services Group for Verizon Online and as Vice-president of GTE Interactive Media Online Services. He is now Chairman for the San Diego Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and has previously served as the Chairman of the ADL Civil Rights Committee. Mr. Dillon also serves on the Advisory Board for the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium.
Mary Alcock is the President of Alcock & McFadden Employment Consultants, Inc. a firm specializing in all areas of human resource management including staffing, compensation, regulatory compliance, and the employment process. Ms. Alcock has more than 30 years of human resources experience in the fields of telecommunication, technology, biotech, manufacturing, general service and government agencies. Ms. Alcock teaches Human Resource Management Courses for SDSU and UCSD’s Extension Certificate Programs. She also serves on the UCSD Human Resources Certificate Program Advisory Board, and BIOCOM Workforce Partnership.
Monica Bauer Federman
Monica Bauer Federman is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Interfaith at the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego, a Jewish civil rights organization. She is an adviser at the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, a member of the Institute of the Americas, serves on the Interreligious Council of San Diego, she’s a board member of the KEN Jewish Community and a member of the Toastmaster Club # 1815. Ms. Bauer is originally from Mexico City. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. For several years she owned a small wholesale business that sold Mexican arts and crafts to gift shops and museum stores all over the United States. She is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.
Tiffany G. Harrison
Tiffany Harrison is Operations Manager for the Urban League of San Diego County. She manages projects, informs the public about League programs, activities and research programs, and coordinates meetings and special events. She is co-President of the League’s Career College Club Network. She serves on the NAACP board representing Youth and College. She previously provided administrative and database assistance for the Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network. Ms. Harrison is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Political Science at San Diego State University.
Gagandeep Kaur Sahni
Gagandeep Kaur Sahni, a resident of San Diego since 1998, has been a Financial Advisor for the past seventeen years. She develops and manages financial strategies for individuals, small businesses, large corporation and non-profit organizations. Ms. Kaur’s community activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Interreligious Council of San Diego, Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Sikh Foundation San Diego, the oldest Sikh Temple in San Diego, and as an Advisor for the San Diego District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Board. Ms. Kaur had the honor of being the first Sikh woman to chair a national Sikh non-profit, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the oldest Sikh civil liberties organization based out of Washington DC.
Mitz Lee has a long history and distinguished record of service to the San Diego community. Ms. Lee advocated for excellence for K-12 education as a Trustee and Vice President of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. She was the first Asian/Pacific Islander to be elected to the Board of Education. In 1996, Ms. Lee co-founded the Alliance for Quality Education, a non-profit education reform organization. She is also co-founder of Mabuhay Alliance and the Filipino American Community Empowerment, a non-profit organization that aims to empower the Filipino American community by creating positive change through the political process, and the Asian, Pacific American Coalition. She has served on the Asian Business Association, City Heights Community Development Corporation, Clairemont Town Council, Kiwanis Club, and San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
Lorena Slomanson is a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s Pro Bono Program which offers free services to self represented litigants in their court cases. A native San Diegan, Ms. Slomanson received her B.A. in Russian and Soviet Studies from UCSD and her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she serves on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to entering the field of public interest law, she enjoyed a diverse civil litigation practice focusing on personal injury and consumer protection. Ms. Slomanson has been recognized for her commitment to access to justice by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and by the Legal Aid Society. She is past president and continues to serve on the board of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. She is fluent in Spanish and Russian.
Pat Washington, PhD
Pat Washington, PhD, has held a number of local, state, and national leadership positions and participated in a broad range of political, social justice and education-related activities. Dr. Washington worked on voter outreach and voter registration efforts for the San Diego "No on 54" campaign, and she worked with We the People Democratic Club, San Diego Democratic Club, the San Diego Branch NAACP and other organizations to increase voter registration and voter turnout for elections. Dr. Washington's personal and professional experiences help her maintain an unwavering commitment to equality, fairness, and social justice for all people. Nearly every area of her life – race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class background, and other social markers – have given her tremendous incentive to champion the rights of the traditionally underrepresented.
Dion Brown, works as the House Officer Administrative Program Manager at the University Of California San Diego School Of Medicine. He currently serves on the UC San Diego Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, as well as, The UC San Diego Medical Center's Community Advisory Council on Inclusion and Diversity. Dion volunteered on San Diego LGBT Pride Board of Directors where he served on the organization’s executive team as treasurer and on numerous committees. He also regularly volunteers as a Precinct Inspector for San Diego County Registrar of Voters and Mama’s Kitchen. Dion is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Communication at San Diego State University. Dion is an Oklahoma native and has called Southern California home since 1993.
Shana Hazan serves as the Director of Institutional Giving, Public Policy and Government Relations at Jewish Family Service of San Diego and sits on the Board of Directors of CORE Educational Services and Stanley E. Foster Construction Tech Academy. She also supervises the Hunger Advocacy Network, which works to achieve systemic policy change to reduce food insecurity across the state. Previously, she managed Jewish Family Service's nationally-recognized Youth Leadership Programs, which develop measureable leadership skills through service learning. Shana holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to Jewish Family Service, she worked for ABC News in London, taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools, and served as the Safe Routes to School Director for Active Transportation Alliance. Shana has served on the Executive Committee of Run Women Run and chaired Women Give San Diego's Advocacy Leadership Team. Shana was recognized for her community impact by the San Diego Human Relations Commission in 2012 and was named one of San Diego News Network's 35 Under 35 Community Leaders in 2010.
received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She is the author of more than twenty professional publications and four books. Her most recent co-authored book, Women Trailblazers of California, provides an overview of the broad range of women's contributions to California history. Dr. Harris has been appointed to numerous Boards and Commissions including the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board, The San Diego County Commission on Children and Youth, The San Diego Psychological Association and both the San Diego and California Boards of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She has served as Chair of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and the San Diego County Mental Health Board. Her contributions to the mental health community led Mental Health America to select her as the organization's 2010 Volunteer of the Year and in the same year, Dr. Harris was inducted into the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame.
Jessica L. Nare
Jessica L. Nare, currently serves as the Supervisor of Youth Leadership Programs at Jewish Family Service. She is a Core Faculty member at National University in the College of Letters and Sciences where she also serves as an E-Learning curriculum development consultant. Her courses focus on cultural diversity, popular culture, sexuality, and gender in cross-cultural perspectives. Jessica also teaches part-time at San Diego State University in Women's Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Political Science from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Women's Studies from San Diego State University. Previously, Jessica worked as the Program Director for the Midge Costanza Institute for Politics and Public Policy. She is involved with Run Women Run, the California Faculty Association, and the San Diego Leadership Alliance.
is an attorney and entrepreneur. As a Skadden Fellow, Charlie founded and directed Casa Cornelia Law Center's satellite office in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, providing free legal services to indigent immigrant victims of human and civil rights abuses. Charlie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Karen Organization of San Diego, a non-profit organization that provides services and advocacy on behalf of refugees from Myanmar. He is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a proud 2013 San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA) fellow. Charlie is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to graduate school, Charlie served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.
Godwin Higa, received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Masters of Administration from Azusa Pacific University, CA, and his Administrative Credential from the University of San Diego. He has been a principal, with San Diego Unified School District for 15 years. His passion is his students. He demands that all students are treated with the utmost respect and academically succeeding in their studies. He is an active member of the Mid-City community, and a member of the Citizens Review Board of San Diego. He is actively involved in the improvements of the Mid-City area of San Diego, focusing on safe schools, safe neighborhoods, and community improvements involving improved bike lanes, transportation, and safe walks to school and skate parks in the area. He is an active member of policy changes on student discipline, focusing on Trauma Informed Schools and Community, Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices in schools and the community. He is also an ongoing member of the Compassion Project of San Diego, International Day of Peace, and most importantly believes in Human Rights for all.