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Members

Wendy Urushima-Conn, Chair

Term expires March 1, 2021

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, 2020
 
As Vice President, Leadership & Engagement at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Elizabeth is responsible for the development and implementation of the five leadership development programs offered through Chamber affiliate LEAD San Diego. Elizabeth also leads the Chamber’s strategic marketing communications efforts. She ensures that all outreach aligns with and supports the organization’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. Prior to Rady Children’s, Elizabeth worked at the County of San Diego in media and public relations and internal communications. She started her career in San Diego as a journalist at The San Diego Union-Tribune. Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of LEAD’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 also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. She lives in Del Cerro with her husband, daughter, and twin sons.

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.

Cindy Marten

Term expires March 1, 2021

Cindy Marten is deeply committed to creating educational conditions and opportunities that enable all children to become actively literate, contributing and participating members of a democratic society who make a positive difference in the world. Her 25 years as an educator include teaching elementary grades as a classroom teacher and later, serving as a school-wide literacy specialist in the Poway Unified School District.

After participating in a seven-year improvement effort at a struggling school in Poway, Marten chose to take her experience to one of the most challenging schools in San Diego Unified — Central Elementary in City Heights— where she served for 10 years as teacher, instructional leader and principal.

At Central Elementary, Marten worked passionately at attracting and retaining high-quality, dedicated staff. She nurtured innovative programs to support her students and staff including: a highly successful bi-literacy program, a hands-on school garden program, quality after-school and preschool programs, employees’ child day care center, and a community health and wellness center for students and their families. Her team’s success was validated by steady and improved student achievement, which included an increase in the school’s Academic Performance Index (API). By 2012 it reached 788, just shy of the state target of 800.

As the district’s superintendent, Marten leads the district team and community with a singular focus on student success. She believes that there are no excuses when it comes to providing children with the very best conditions that will enable them to become confident, successful learners who can achieve their dreams. Marten is working with the Board of Education to implement Vision 2020, creating quality schools in every neighborhood throughout the district.

Marshall Anderson

Term expires March 1, 2020

Mr. Anderson serves as the Director of Public Policy for the Downtown San Diego Partnership and currently sits on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Leaders Board. In 2015, Mr. Anderson was named in Our City magazine's "Who's Next: 21 Future Leaders." He previously served as Director of City Council Affairs for San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and worked under County Supervisor Greg Cox as a policy advisor. Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Pitzer College.

Linda Sotelo

Term expires March 1, 2021

Ms. Sotelo is the Executive Director of the New Americans Museum. She was previously President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Sotelo created opportunities for Hispanic businesses while empowering the wider community. She has also held senior level executive positions with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, inSITE97 and inSite2000, where she worked to support artistic and cultural collaboration across the border of San Diego and Tijuana. Ms. Sotelo received a Bachelor of Arts in business and history from the United States International University and a Masters of Arts in in,ternational business and economics from Regents College, London.

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