Committees & Working Groups

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.


  • Economic Development Committee

  • San Diego: Life. Changing. - Brand Alliance

  • Global Competitiveness Council (GCC)

  • Research Advisory Committees

  • Governance Committee

  • Anchor Collaborative

  • HR Forum

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.

Co-Chairs Phil Blair, Manpower San Diego and Jennie Brooks, Booz Allen Hamilton

EDC Contact: Ashley Swartout

San Diego: Life. Changing. - Brand Alliance

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

EDC Contact: Heather Dewis

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.

Vice-Chair Ken Behan, Systran

EDC Contact: Jeff Adegbe

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. We are currently assembling advisory members for a series of studies related to artificial intelligence.

EDC Contact: Nate Kelley

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

EDC Contact: Lauree Sahba

Anchor Collaborative

The Anchor Institutions Collaborative meets quarterly and works to operationalize the second and third goals of inclusive growth by enabling the region’s largest employers, purchasers, and investors to maximize their economic development impact in San Diego County through a program of work that incentivizes innovation and collaboration in procurement, capital investment, and neighborhood infrastructure improvement.

Sign up to join the collaborative.

EDC Contact: Jordan Latchford

HR Forum

The HR Forum is comprised of 15 Human Resources executives from the largest private employers in our investor base. The forum provides a peer network and the opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practices as the world of work continues to evolve. Meetings are quarterly via Zoom. Participation is by invitation.

Co-Chairs: Laura Garrett, TaylorMade Golf and Tonya Cross, Lytx

EDC Contact: Lauree Sahba

Investor Engagement

The following opportunities are reserved exclusively for EDC investors. Thank you for helping us advance San Diego’s economy.

  • 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.

When I walk away from an EDC meeting, I always feel like I am taking something with me that will make me a better leader at the office, be it a new idea, a partnership opportunity, or data that can help me make better decisions.

Lisette Islas, VP, Chief Impact Officer, MAAC

Interested in getting involved?

Kaylee Hudson
Kaylee Hudson

Manager, Investor Relations & Marketing Communications