Our Story

As the international affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC, World Trade Center San Diego cultivates a pipeline of export-ready firms, maximizes foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities, and enhances San Diego’s connectivity to the markets that matter most.

Founding Partners

The City of San Diego

San Diego International Airport

Port of San Diego


World Trade Center San Diego is founded by Port of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, and City of San Diego


WTCSD - along with 30 regional partners - partners with the Brookings Institution to launch the "Go Global SD Export Plan"


WTCSD remains strong under the leadership at San Diego State University


EDC welcomes WTCSD as an official affiliate of the organization and launches 'Go Global San Diego,' an updated trade and investment plan in conjunction with the Brookings Institution; Through the new relationship, WTCSD and EDC share offices and resources to help maximize efforts to make the region more competitive for businesses


WTCSD launches the Global Competitiveness Council, a group of San Diego senior-level business, academic, and government partners that oversee WTC's program of work


WTCSD brings Mayor Faulconer on his first official trade mission as Mayor to Vancouver, Canada


WTCSD leads Congressman Scott Peters and 30 other delegates on a trade mission to the U.K.


WTCSD launches DiscoverSD.biz to streamline foreign delegation support


WTCSD leads Congressman Scott Peters and 30 other delegates on a trade mission to Tokyo


WTCSD leads fourth major trade mission to Frankfurt and Munich, Germany


WTCSD launches Export Specialty Center to cultivate a pipeline of export-ready firms


WTCSD, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy at UC San Diego, and founding partners launch updated global engagement strategy: "Go Global 2025"

The Global Competitiveness Council

The Global Competitiveness Council (GCC) is a group of senior business, academic, government, and civic partners that drives a comprehensive regional global engagement strategy and seeks to position San Diego as a thought leader on issues related to trade, investment, and competitiveness. The GCC advises on WTC San Diego programming; generates public support, financial resources, and coordination mechanisms for the broader initiative; and issues periodic trade and investment policy recommendations on behalf of the region.


Matt Cole
Cubic Transportation Systems

Vice Chair

Matt Andersen
U.S. Commercial Service

Mark Ballam
San Diego State University

Kim Becker
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Ken Behan
Systran Technologies

Kim Benson
Zenaida Global

Rupinder Bhathal

Dave Buss
Cubic Global Defense

Carla Cabrera
Hainan Airlines

Alessandra Capritto
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Randa Coniglio
Port of San Diego

Rick Cooper
MANTA Instruments

Mike Corbo
Mitsubishi Electric US

Peter Cowhey
UC San Diego

Audie De Castro
San Diego Consular Corps

Maritza Diaz

Debbie Espe
Retina World Congress

Jorge Goytortua
Cross Border Xpress

David Hester

Richard Howe
BioMed Realty

Jessica Hulton
British Airways

Kristina Kim
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Jennifer Landress

Kathy Lynch

Magda Marquet
Alma Life Sciences

Takeshi Mitsuishi
Japan Airlines

Luis Palacios
Cross Border Xpress

David Pasquini
UK Government Office

Jim Perkins

Fabienne Perlov
San Diego Diplomacy Council

Bo Reed
Solar Turbines

Garry Ridge
WD-40 Company

Monique Rodriguez

Kiana Sabet

Rene Sanchez

Jason Strohm

Joel Sutherland
University of San Diego

Kerri Verbeke Kapich
San Diego Tourism Authority

David Weitz
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Barbara Wight
Taylor Guitars