1. We told San Diego to keep an eye on you in 2013… So, what have you been up to? I have been working on community plan updates, gaining approvals for churches and schools, and providing due diligence for developers and businesses. We hired an additional senior planner and are looking to grow again at the end of the year. We were awarded the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Business of theYear Award by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. We have also increased our involvement in civic and professional organizations. For instance, I am a member of the Leadership Council of the Malin Burnham San Diego Center for Civic Engagement.
2. If you were rounding up a People to Watch list for 2014, who would you include and why? I would include Elyse Lowe of Move San Diego. In just 5 years, Lowe has taken a small, relatively unknown transit-focused non-profit, and turned it into nationally known advocacy organization pushing for changes to San Diego’s investments and transportation plans. Lowe’s work will ultimately impact where millennials choose to live, work, and play in the new growth and development paradigm. Her work will also help solve issues such as urban poverty, social inequity, public health, and climate change, as well as traffic and congestion.
3. Do you have any funny stories about your experience being on our list? The funniest thing I realized was how many people read San Diego Magazine at their doctor’s office. It was amazing that throughout the year, the most consistent congratulations I received came from people who read the magazine at the waiting room of their doctor visit. Apparently that issue is kept around all year long.