About Us

Welcoming San Diego is a City of San Diego initiative designed to advance the civic, social and economic integration of immigrants and refugees. We envision a vibrant, inclusive, and safe binational region that attracts families and businesses from around the world and that all San Diegans can flourish in. As the birthplace of California, San Diego is a gateway for newcomers searching for freedom and opportunity. Our strength and future is tied to our ability to ensure New Americans can fully participate in civic life, access public resources, and contribute their skills.

San Diego was awarded the Gateways for Growth grant to bring together other local government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses to develop a strategic plan on immigrant integration. In February of 2019, the City of San Diego formally launched the Welcoming San Diego Initiative accompanied by the Welcoming San Diego Strategic Plan.

Steering Committee Members

Mary Abad
San Diego International Affairs Board
Abdi Abdillahi
County of San Diego
Tom Wong
UC San Diego 
Karim Bouris
Business for Good
Ciria Brewe
San Diego Unified School District
Dwayne Crenshaw
RISE San Diego
Carlos Turner Cortez
San Diego Continuing Education
Farhat Popal
City of San Diego
Dale Fleming
County of San Diego
Linda Caballero Sotelo
New Americans Museum
Erin Tsurumoto Grassi
San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
Stephen Groce
San Diego Human Relations Commission
Andrea Guerrero
Alliance San Diego
Eduardo Velasquez
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
Mark Tran
The California Endowment
Samuel Tsoi
UC San Diego; RISE San Diego

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