EDC Foundation

The San Diego Regional Economic Development Foundation (Foundation) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to support and cultivate sustainable employment opportunities for San Diego County residents contributing to a prosperous local economy.

Since 2002, the Foundation has supported economic development initiatives important to San Diego’s economic competitiveness. From supporting K-12 STEM education programs to funding industry research reports tracking trends in job growth to assisting veterans transitioning from military into civilian life, the Foundation has focused on important regional issues critical to a thriving local economy.

Current initiatives & programs the foundation supports:

Inclusive Growth

Advancing San Diego is a collaborative effort to align economic development, workforce development, and education systems around a common set of goals: increase completions of degrees and credentials for high demand jobs, and provide pathways to placements in those jobs for San Diegans, placing particular focus on our African American and Hispanic populations. The Advancing San Diego initiative will contribute towards a regional goal to double the annual production of skilled workers in San Diego County to 20,000 by 2030. With a recent generous contribution from JPMorgan Chase Foundation of $3M over three years, the Foundation will steward these funds to launch Advancing San Diego.
Learn more about Inclusive Growth



The flagship program of World Trade Center San Diego (EDC affiliate), MetroConnect is a comprehensive export assistance program to help local companies accelerate their global growth.
Learn more about MetroConnect.

California Stewardship Network

An alliance of leaders from different regions throughout the state committed to the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of our regions. Through our participation, we share San Diego’s most promising practices and learn from others that have successfully implemented programs and initiatives that address the triple bottom line. Learn more about CSN.

Strategic Roundtable

An invitation-only group that taps into the collective experience and influence of the region’s retired executives and former public officials to advocate for key economic issues. If intersted in learning more about Strategic Roundtable, please get in touch below.


Question about EDC foundation? Get in touch:

Jennifer Henry Storm
Jennifer Henry Storm

Executive Director, Foundation

Delinda Forsythe
Innovative Commercial Environments (ICE)

Jacquie Furtado
Director of Strategy & Outcomes
Academy for Professional Excellence, San Diego State University

Mark Lee
Director of Corporate Banking
Torrey Pines Bank

Tana Lorah
Senior Manager, Government & Community Relations
Kaiser Permanente

Sierra Spitzer
Senior Counsel
Brown Law Group

Meg Storer
Vice President of Community & Government Relations
2-1-1 San Diego