News & Updates

Community Partner of the Month: Alzheimer’s Association

Every 65 seconds, someone in this country develops Alzheimer’s. The mind-robbing disease is a public health crisis, and the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help people with dementia and their caregivers. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. There are more than 60,000 people in San Diego living with Alzheimer’s and more than three times as many caregivers. In June, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, we want people to think about brain health, think about those dealing with dementia, and take action. The Longest Day (TLD) of the year is June 21st.


TLD is a day to honor people who take care of those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, because to caregivers, every day is the longest day. The TLD fundraiser is unique, in that you can do anything, for any period of time, on any day. Bowl, play bridge, do yoga, play music, quilt, have a BBQ, host a wine-tasting, paint, hike, cook, etc. Go to to find out how to get involved.

The San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides support groups, care consultations, education classes and workshops both online and in person, we support local researchers searching for a cure and offer many opportunities to make a difference. Our advocacy volunteers tell their stories to lawmakers locally, in Sacramento and in the nation’s capital, to make sure elected officials know the importance of our mission. We strive to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our chapter has 30 years of experience, and we are putting special emphasis on serving the Latino, African American, and LGBT communities. We train community health workers to share our resources with underserved individuals and families, in the hopes that they know where to turn if and when there is a dementia diagnosis. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in over 200 languages staffed by a variety of experts in the field 1-800-272-3900.

Kristen Cusato
Associate Director, Communications
(619) 340-1261
Helpline 1-800-272-3900

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Encanto Village

On April 14, 2018 at 11 am Encanto Village celebrated their groundbreaking ceremony.
Encanto Village is located in the Community of Encanto, City of San Diego and will provide 65 beautiful apartment homes to individuals earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income with one home for the full-time on-site property manager. This stunning mixed-use, transit oriented development will bring high quality affordable housing and retail spaces to Encanto and the City of San Diego.
Eight of the apartment homes will be set aside for veterans and their families with programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Encanto Village will be designed for LEED certification and will feature Energy Star appliances and light fixtures and new high efficiency heat/air conditioning systems. Water conservation features will be incorporated to create a California native and naturalized plant landscape.
Amenities will include two resident gardens, stunning courtyards, an outdoor play area for children, laundry room, secure bicycle storage spaces, EV Charging spaces, real-time kiosks displaying arrival and departure times of the Encanto Trolley Station and a community room for events and on-site services, such as after-school activities and financial literacy classes.

IMPACT San Diego Class of 2018 Graduation June 7

The Impact San Diego Class of 2018 Graduation and Project Showcase will take place Thursday, June 7, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Qualcomm’s Irwin M. Jacobs Hall. After an opportunity for networking, class participants will present their projects to benefit six local nonprofit organizations. In addition, one class member will be presented with the Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership at the event. The five finalists for the award are Alejandra Gavaldon, City of San Diego; Pasha Johnson, Pacific Southwest Realty Service; Liliane Lendvai, Blair Search Partners; Javier Metoyer, Silvergate Bank; and Brooke Valle, San Diego Workforce Partnership. IMPACT is an immersive 10-month program for mid- to senior-level managers focusing on the issues and industries that are part of our region’s DNA. The public is invited to the Impact graduation; there is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

INFLUENCE 2018 Program Completed April 26-28

LEAD’s INFLUENCE program was attended by nearly 30 participants at the end of April. Host venues were Johnson & Johnson’s lab on Torrey Pines Mesa; the Downtown Central Library; The Old Globe; and CBRE’s new offices at UTC. Participants enjoyed a panel on life sciences, a tour of a Navy submarine at Naval Base Point Loma, and a closing reception hosted by CBRE. INFLUENCE is a three-day crash course on San Diego’s business and civic landscape for C-level and senior executives.

Advance 2018 Launched May 10

The Advance program began its second year of seminars on Thursday, May 10 with a strong and diverse cohort of more than 40 participants. The session was facilitated by Robin Toft, President and CEO of Toft Executive Search, and a member of LEAD’s Executive Committee. Advance is specifically designed to empower and elevate women in the workplace; monthly sessions will continue through November.

2018 Public Leadership Institute Continues

LEAD’s Public Leadership Institute is a comprehensive training program for business people who are interested in either elected or appointed public office. In May, the class heard a presentation from Sarah Jarman from Councilmember Scott Sherman’s office on policy issues, particularly housing. They also enjoyed a presentation about cross-border issues by Chamber Vice President Paola Avila, and toured the San Diego International Airport. The five-month PLI program will wrap up in June.

Mexican Presidential Candidate Meade in Tijuana

In order to provide a public platform for citizens to listen, analyze and reflect on presidential campaign proposals in Mexico and promoting knowledge, awareness and social activism, Tijuana Innovadora launched the Reflexión México initiative. These series of forums will provide each of the five presidential candidates space to discuss their proposals with Mexican citizens. Attendees will be able to ask specific questions about strategies to boost regional economic development, the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the northern and southern borders, proposals to diminish insecurity and corruption nationwide, and urban and border infrastructure, amongst other topics.

This Friday ,May 11th, PRI candidate Jose Meade spoke before a crowd of 500 at the Club Campestre in Tijuana. The first candidate to participate in Reflexion Mexico was Margarita Zavala, independent candidate, who was hosted at UC San Diego last month discussing her new book “Es la hora de México” (This is Mexico’s Time).

U.S. – Mexico Trade Policy Panel in Tijuana

On May 8th, Chamber VP of International Business Affairs Paola Avila, participated as a panelist discussing U.S.-Mexico trade policies, current opportunities, and challenges during a period of change. The event took place at Grand Hotel Tijuana and was organized by JD Group Logistics and Index Tijuana.

Other panelists included:

  • Enrique Orantes, Customs Administrator in Tijuana (SAT)
  • Luis Manuel Hernandez, President of Index Tijuana
  • Luis Alberto Quiroz, Central Administrator of Foreign Trade Operations Audits
  • Jorge Diaz Nieto, General Director from JD Group Logistics, who participated as moderator

Univision Interview Following Annual Delegation Trip to Mexico City

On Sunday April 29th, Chamber VP of International Business Affairs Paola Avila, participated on De Viva Voz live radio show, sharing details and accomplishments from our recent delegation trip to Mexico City. The show, part of Univision radio’s family of programs, informs the San Diego and Tijuana communities about current issues surrounding the region.

She was joined by Denice Garcia, Director of International Affairs from the City of San Diego Mayor’s Office, and Nancy Gudino, International and Public Affairs Manager for Cross Border Xpress. They each shared their input on how the Chamber’s delegation trip to Mexico City impacts our binational region and this year’s accomplishments.

To listen to the show (in Spanish) please click here.

Tijuana’s Anniversary and Fundraiser

The City of Tijuana and DIF (the National Institution for Integral Family Development) invite you to the “Binational Gala Cocktail Event” held on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. This gala is part of the City’s 129th anniversary celebration and will take place at the Central Patio of Tijuana’s City Hall.

The event benefits the “Network of Young Adults Development,” an assistance program that seeks to establish a relationship with young adults from high risk communities in order to help them stay off the streets and in school. In an effort to serve this noble cause and strengthen the collaboration relationship between Tijuana and San Diego, the First Lady of Tijuana extends an invitation to this fundraiser, which asks for a donation of $90 USD to go towards this program.

For San Diego guests, the City of Tijuana will be providing transportation to and from Downtown San Diego. The agenda starts at 2:00 p.m. with lunch hosted by Tijuana’s Tourism Council (COTUCO), followed by a tour of Tijuana before the main event.

For details and information on how to attend, please contact Kenia Zamarripa at