A new group of volunteers will begin assisting San Diego city leaders with some of their most important decisions as newly appointed members on a variety of city boards and commissions.
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria recently announced the placements to groups that touch on a variety of topics — from tourism to housing to arts and culture.
The San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors will be welcoming back a familiar face with the reappointment of Jaymie Bradford, who is the executive vice president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, currently the assistant chief of staff for the state’s Board of Equalization for District 4, will also be joining the board. He also is chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party.
Carol Kim, the incoming chair for the Convention Center board, said the appointments come at a pivotal time. The Convention Center just recently reopened for events after serving as both an emergency homeless shelter and an intake site for unaccompanied migrant children. Board members are working to finalize a new strategic plan that will focus on the continued safe return of events, staff retention and facility maintenance.
The San Diego Housing Commission also will be getting a new member with the appointment of Melinda Vasquez, an attorney who chairs the San Diego Housing Coalition. In their most recent strategic plan, the commission prioritized several goals including preserving and increasing housing solutions, helping families increase opportunities for self-sufficiency and advancing homelessness solutions.
Imani Robinson, a Mountain View resident, was appointed to Commission of Arts and Culture, which promotes and encourages the city’s support of art and culture. Several months ago, the city approved sweeping changes to how the city doles out millions in arts funding after a recent equity assessment showed low-income neighborhoods get far less than places like Balboa Park, downtown and La Jolla.
Robinson has been a long-time advocate for the arts and, as chair of the Mountain View Advisory Council, has worked with her community to host live events and organize beautification projects.
The youngest appointee was Colin Duong, who will join the recently reactivated Youth Commission. The 17-year-old Mira Mesa resident has small business experience and said he hopes to help other young people with entrepreneurship.
The following appointments also were made:
Mary McKenzie, Elaine Cooluris and Mary Wolford will join the Accessibility Advisory Board, which advises city leaders on issues related to universal accessibility.
Jimmie Slack and Paul Cooper were appointed and Thomas Hebrank was reappointed to the Ethics Commission. Among other responsibilities, the commission enforces the city’s campaign, lobbying and ethics laws.
Sunday Gover and Nicolaz Portillo were added to the Civil Service Commission, which helps regulate and oversee the city’s classified employees.