Get Involved

With and through our investors, EDC is creating a stronger San Diego. Investors are invited to engage through committees that reflect and advise our programs and initiatives.

Learn about our different committees and investment opportunities.

Committees

  • Economic Development Committee

  • The Brand Alliance

  • Global Competitiveness Council (GCC)

  • Research Advisory Committees

  • Governance Committee

  • Inclusive Growth Steering Committee

Economic Development Committee

EDC’s core committee is comprised of investor representatives, who set annual priorities from developing the region as a hub for drone technology, to supporting startups, to building talent pipeline programs. Subcommittees are volunteer-led and significantly supported by EDC staff. The full committee meetings typically include panel discussions about sectors primed for job growth and reports from subcommittees. Meetings are held quarterly, usually scheduled for the last Friday of each month.

Chair Julian Parra, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Vice-Chair Phil Blair, Manpower San Diego

EDC Staff :Matthew Sanford

The Brand Alliance

The Brand Alliance is comprised of more than 60 HR, talent acquistion, and marketing professionals committed to raising San Diego’s profile serve as advisors to the San Diego: Life. Changing. campaign, a regional branding effort aimed at attracting and retaining talent. Meetings are held quarterly.

Chair: Michelle Sterling, Qualcomm .

Vice-Chair: Melinda Del Toro, Viasat

EDC Staff: Bernadine Locsin

Global Competitiveness Council (GCC)

A group of business, academic, government, and civic partners, who oversee World Trade Center San Diego and implementation of the region’s overarching trade and investment strategy. GCC advises on WTC San Diego programming, generating public support, financial resources, and coordination mechanisms for the broader strategy; as well as periodic trade issues and investment policy recommendations on behalf of the region. Meetings are held quarterly on the second Friday of each month from 2-3:30 pm.

Chair: Matt Cole, Cubic Transportation Systems

Vice-Chair: Ken Behan, Systran

EDC Staff: Jesse Gipe

Research Advisory Committees

EDC produces a variety of research products, including industry sector economic impact reports. We engage volunteers to form advisory committees comprised of industry experts to guide each study. Advisory groups will meet as needed for the topic and building an informed analysis.

EDC Staff: Kirby Brady

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for recommending nominees to serve on the board, monitoring governance and compliance issues, such as annual audits, and providing recommendations to the board on compliance matters. Members are appointed by Executive Committee.

Chair: Dr. Bob Brower, Point Loma Nazarene University

Vice-Chair: Tom Seidler, San Diego Padres

EDC Staff: Lauree Sahba

Inclusive Growth Steering Committee

Comprised of executives representing employers and key stakeholders from the region, the committee drives goals associated with San Diego’s Inclusive Growth Initiative. This committee also assists in disseminating the regional narrative and promoting employer best practices, as well as providing guidance to EDC research, for driving greater economic inclusion for the region, while also allowing for individual organizational objectives and tactics. Meetings are held quarterly.

Co-Chairs: Janice Brown, Brown Law Group and Jim Waring, retired executive

Investor Engagement

  • Investor Lunches

  • Behind the Scenes Tours

  • Lunch with an Elected Official

Investor Lunches

EDC hosts bi-montly informal lunches as a platform for investors to provide input on EDC’s programs and initiatives. Lunches are hosted by EDC’s executive team and are included as a benefit of investment in EDC.

Behind the Scenes Tours

EDC hosts periodic behind-the-scenes tours and briefings, offering investors a unique access to exclusive regional assets. Past tours and activities have included the new Comic-Con Museum, military installations, FBI briefings, NASSCO, and various other cutting-edge companies.

Lunch with an Elected Official

On a quarterly basis, EDC hosts small groups of investors for informal lunch-and-learn sessions with regional elected officials, who are asked to share their economic development priorities for San Diego. These are not fundraising or campaign-related events.

Interested in getting involved?

Taylor Dunne
Taylor Dunne

Coordinator, Investor Relations