San Diego Chamber Young Leaders


Driving young professional growth in the San Diego-Baja region, by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, leadership, community service, and networking.

Welcome to SDYL

As 2017’s Honorary Chair for the San Diego Chamber Young Leaders (SDYL), I want to thank you for your interest. Throughout my career, I have been committed to making San Diego’s communities a better place and investing in the future of our city—a mission San Diego Chamber Young Leaders not only shares but works hard to achieve.

In 2015, the Chamber set out to build a young professionals group that would engage a new, younger demographic. We are pleased to share that we not only accomplished that, but exceeded expectations. We look forward to expanding our efforts in 2017 and your participation in that expansion.

Councilmember Chris Ward

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Board of Directors

The Chamber Young Leaders’ Board of Directors is composed of 50 members.The Board’s responsibilities are to direct the Chamber Young Leaders’ goals and set standards for success with respect to recruitment and professional development priorities.

Nominations for the 2018 Young Leaders Board of Directors are now open, and submissions are due to Sara Kamiab by December 22, 2017.

Board membership is highly selective and priority will be given to employees of current Chamber members in good standing. Board meetings occur every other month, and members must commit to attend at least 4 of them. Please note that each organization can only have one member on the Board, but general membership is open to everyone.



The San Diego Young Leaders have been active in the Greater San Diego Area since 2015. SDYL serves as the premier organization for young professionals ages 21 – 40 who are emerging leaders in their field. SDYL supports young professionals by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, leadership, community service, and networking.

General membership is application based, and membership lasts for one full year from the day you join.

Annual dues for participation are:

  • Student / Non-Profit: $150
  • Government Employees: $200
  • Employees of Chamber members: $250
  • Employees of non-member organizations: $350

SDYL membership includes:

  • At least four quarterly meetings per year featuring a relevant guest speaker, followed by a networking happy hour held at the most popular San Diego locations
  • Chamber-organized philanthropic opportunities throughout the year
  • Mentor/mentee opportunities with Chamber board members, including the President & CEO and elected officials, regional executives and/or entrepreneurs
  • Invitations to the exclusive Chamber “Good Government Speaker Series” events
  • Opportunity to contribute fresh perspective to Chamber initiatives
  • Member-exclusive educational opportunities

**Board members will participate in at least four additional meetings yearly

How to Join

SDYL applicants must be 21 to 40-year old professionals who are emerging leaders in their field, with a commitment to community involvement and professional growth. SDYL is comprised of a limited number of Board seats and an unlimited number of members. Submittal of an application does not guarantee Chamber Young Leaders membership approval or acceptance onto the Board of Directors. Applications will be reviewed by designated members of the board and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce staff. Preference will be given to employees of current Chamber members in good standing.

For consideration, please apply through the link below. Payment will be processed following membership approval.


The Chamber is grateful to our Young Leaders sponsors, without which this program would not be possible. For sponsorship information, please contact our Corporate Relations Manager, Sherman Stocker, at or (619) 544-1354.


For more information on San Diego Young Leaders contact Sara Kamiab at or 619-544-1391.

Thank You Venue Sponsors