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Wendy Urushima-Conn, Chair

Term expires March 1, 2019

Ms. Urushima-Conn is the President and CEO of the Asian Business Association, the leading voice on business, cultural and political issues for San Diego's Asian and Pacific Islander Community. She has more than twenty years of experience in community outreach, marketing and public relations. Ms. Urushima-Conn is the former Associate Executive Director of Development for the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), and was the chief fundraising and marketing officer for the nonprofit agency. Prior to joining CCS, she worked for more than a decade as the Community/Media Marketing Manager at KGTV/10 News where she was responsible for the station's community affairs programs, non-traditional revenue generation and all press and promotions. Ms. Urushima-Conn serves as the President of the California Diversity Council, San Diego Chapter; is the Immediate Past Chair of the Asian Business Association Foundation; past Chair of the Asian Business Association Board of Trustees; past President of Girls Incorporated of San Diego, Scholarship Committee; member of the San Diego Foundation; and marketing committee for The San Diego Public Library Foundation. She graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communications.

Elizabeth Fitzsimons

Term expires March 1, 2018
 
As Vice President, Marketing & Events at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Elizabeth leads the organization’s strategic marketing communications efforts. She ensures that all outreach aligns with and supports the Chamber’s strategic direction as it fights to make San Diego the most business-friendly region in California. Previously, Elizabeth was Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Prior to Rady Children’s, Elizabeth worked at the County of San Diego in media and public relations and internal communications. She was an award-winning journalist at The San Diego Union-Tribune. Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of LEAD San Diego’s IMPACT program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, and volunteers at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Bankers Hill. She lives in Del Cerro with her husband, daughter, and twin sons.

Ann Haddad

Term expires March 1, 2018

Ann Haddad, a native San Diegan, is a homemaker and community volunteer. Her professional experience includes Director of Community Relations and Events at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies as well as a director in the philanthropy department at The San Diego Foundation. From 1986 through 2001, Mrs. Haddad worked in Washington, D.C., including 10 years in the field of international development as well as several years in orchestra management and consumer banking. She has served as a chair for several charity galas including Promises2Kids Summer Concert Gala, American Cancer Society's (ACS) San Diego Discovery Gala, and Huntington Disease Society of America (HDSA) / San Diego Chapter Celebration of Hope. Her board experience includes the ACS Gala Team for California, HDSA / San Diego Chapter, the Kraemer Endowment Foundation, and the Junior League of Washington, D.C. She is currently a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Governors of the San Diego River Conservancy. Mrs. Haddad holds a B.A. in Music from Smith College and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is a 2005 LEAD San Diego graduate. She and her husband, Ben, reside in Point Loma.

Elizabeth Hansen

Term expires March 1, 2020

Elizabeth A. Hansen is a public affairs professional with extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation of community, government and media outreach programs. As Executive Vice President of Southwest Strategies, Elizabeth assists the firm’s wide variety of private and public clients through the entitlement process, overseeing outreach programs related to land use, transportation and infrastructure projects for clients such as Pardee Homes, Starbucks Coffee, SANDAG, Caltrans, Poseidon Water, City of Carlsbad and Donahue Schriber. Prior to joining Southwest Strategies in 2000, Elizabeth was a staff writer for Arizona’s leading sports magazine and worked for San Diego Magazine as a photojournalist. Elizabeth is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, cum laude. Elizabeth was Vice Chair of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Community Planning Board on which she served four years. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s San Diego/Tijuana Chapter, and serves on the YMCA of San Diego County’s Youth & Family Services Board and the National University Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl committees. Elizabeth lives in Scripps Ranch with her husband and son.

Ben Moraga

Term expires March 1, 2020

Ben Moraga made the decision Eighteen years ago to attend San Diego State University (SDSU) and call “America’s Finest City” home. While at SDSU, he earned a B.A. in Economics, with a minor in Public Administration. Currently, he is Vice President, Sharp HealthCare Foundation. He leads a team of twelve across three foundations, representing four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, and over twenty-two outpatient clinics. Sharp is San Diego’s health care leader and the largest private employer with over 18,000 employees. Prior to joining Sharp, Ben spent eight years with the San Diego State University (SDSU) as the Associate Vice President, University Relations & Development. In 2010, then Mayor Jerry Sanders appointed him a Commissioner of the San Diego Housing Commission. He is currently a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

In addition, Ben serves as Board Chair of the Monarch School. He is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego-Class of 2010; a member of the San Diego Bowl Game Association-Life Committee; Fieldstone Foundation Emerging Leaders-Fellow 2011; FBI Citizens Academy-Class of 2012; Herb Klein Leadership Round Table-Steering Committee; Phi Kappa Psi Alumni & Housing Corporate Board; SDSU President’s Latino Advisory Committee; SDSU’s Leadership Advisory Board; and Housing Development Partners-Board member. Ben and his wife, Jamie, currently live in Del Sur with their three-year old son, Jack.

Katherine Nakamura

Term expires March 1, 2019

Katherine Nakamura serves on the Library Commission as the appointed representative of the San Diego Unified School District. Serving eight years as a Trustee on the Board of Education, Mrs. Nakamura was President of the Board during a time of great transformation for the District, including passage of Proposition S, a $2.1 billion capital bond measure that made construction of the new Central Library possible through an extremely innovative joint-use agreement with the City. That historic partnership also led to the creation of e3 Civic High School, the only school in the United States or elsewhere to be embedded in an urban central library. An unwavering proponent of school libraries during her tenure, Mrs. Nakamura was equally passionate about the construction of the new Central Library, insisting that, "great cities have great libraries," in an op-ed piece she wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2006 when construction of the library was deeply under threat. Mrs. Nakamura is the founder and current president of the Cowles Mountain Community Foundation, which is assisting with the construction of PHAME!, a new performing arts center at Patrick Henry High School that will benefit the eastern side of the City. She is also Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Kyoto Laureates Symposium, as well as the Vice Chair for Education of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana. Mrs. Nakamura worked for many years in fundraising, as a senior manager in the University Relations Division of the University of San Diego, later advising the President and Board of Trustees on issues of board governance. She is also a licensed attorney and an active member of the bar of both California and the United States Supreme Court. A double major in Linguistics and English Literature while at San Diego State University, she earned her law degree from the University of San Diego, and has lived in San Diego for over 35 years.

Sarah White

Term expires March 1, 2017

Ms. White is the former Director of Qualcomm's corporate library where she was responsible for its establishment and direction for 14 years. She has served on the boards of Mama's Kitchen and the Hamilton-White Foundation. Nationally, she has served on the IEEE Library Advisory Council and has held various positions with Special Libraries Association. Ms. White holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from UC Davis and a Masters in Library and Information Science from UC Berkeley. She is a resident of San Diego.

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