News & Updates

Mayor Todd Gloria Rolls Out Housing Plan

Mayor Gloria convened a press conference on July 19 to outline a robust policy package aimed at boosting housing supply for low- and middle-income families across the City. Housing For All of Us, a package of proposals that will reform community plan updates, create incentives for employer-supported housing, and streamline the process of building for developments that meet certain criteria, comes as San Diego home prices continue to hit record highs. The Chamber was present at the press conference, at member-developed Secoya on Fifth, to demonstrate support in moving the package forward as details are confirmed with stakeholders and Planning Department staff.

Mexico and California Sign MOU to Advance Otay 2

California and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding reiterating their commitment to ensure the new Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (Otay 2) is up and running by 2024. This project will contribute to significant economic growth for our region and stimulate cross-border trade by providing secure, reliable, and predictable crossings with a goal of wait times no longer than 20 minutes. The Chamber has long supported the construction of this new port of entry and has led efforts to advance the project on both sides of the border. These efforts include our upcoming Mexico City Summit taking place August 31-September 1 and our Binational Delegation Trip to Washington D.C. taking place September 26 – 29.

Earlier this month, U.S. Senators traveled to Mexico City to meet with the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute of Migration to discuss bilateral cooperation on migration. In addition, border infrastructure projects including Otay 2 were also discussed and officials agreed on the project representing a high-priority for both governments in order to increase efficiency, security, and global competition along the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Delta Variant Prompting Some Jurisdictions to Reconsider Mask Mandates

As COVID-19 case counts rise due to the spread of the delta variant, some local government officials have announced that they will reinstitute mask requirements indoors for all people regardless of vaccination status. Los Angeles County–the largest jurisdiction to mandate— made the move late last week. Other California cities like Fresno and Sacramento are “encouraging” individuals to return to regular mask wearing. On Monday, the Governor did not indicate whether he would be directing state health officials to reconsider masks, but he did specify that there would not be a return to required social distancing, an issue that is top of mind as school reopening looms.

Engage 2021 Recap

ImageWe have wrapped up our first successful Engage program, our leadership development program designed to ensure diverse and gender-balanced leadership in region’s organizations through dedicated board-readiness training. As members of the cohort navigated four weeks of programming, each gained direction in their board service journey and critical tools to help make that possible. On the final session, each member presented the research they have done on the organizations on which they want to serve. While their interest spans across various sectors, we look forward to witnessing the ways their service on these boards helps further create positive change in San Diego. We also congratulate Amanda Flisher for joining the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Board of Directors shortly following her time in the cohort!

What is Happening: Advance 2021

48 individuals across various sectors and communities make up this year’s Advance Class of 2021. The cohort will undergo tailored coaching, mentorship, and skill building while having the chance to connect with fellow female executives, building lifelong relationships with inspiring leaders who will change the face of the region’s business, government and nonprofit sectors. We are eager for what is to come with this year’s cohort and wanted to share the topics and speakers highlighted in the months of June and July.

• Finding Your Strengths: Amanda Flisher (21)
• Telling Your Story: Dr. Azadeh Davari
• Group Activity: Dr. Roxanne Kymaani (06 & 20)
• Identity Construction: Jasmine L. Sadler (20)
• Adaptive Leadership & Immunity to Change: Salina Villegas
• Cultural & Emotional Intelligence: Dr. Nick Franco
• Her Story: Nancy Maldonado (17 & 20)
• DEI and Implicit Bias: Dr. Nick Franco
• Showing Up For Each Other: Janessa Goldbeck
• Equity Centered Leadership: Dr. Fabiola Bagula


LEADers On The Move

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Alexandra Eaker Perez (Advance 2018 graduate), Emily Howe (Impact 2020 graduate), and Adriana Ochoa (Impact 2013 graduate) were each named a Woman of Influence in Law. Read more.

Tia Anzellotti, Impact 2021 graduate, is now a Director at Blair Search Partners.

Michele Bart, Impact 2012 graduate, is now Vice President of Stewardship & Operations at Feeding America.

Doug White, Impact 2012 graduate, is now the Senior Regulatory Policy Manager for SDG&E.

Erika Schimmel-Guiles, Impact 2021 graduate, was named among the Fortnightly Under Forty. Read more.

Karen Higareda, Advance 2019 graduate & Current LEAD Board Member, is now a member of the City of San Diego’s International Affairs Board. Read more.

Kenia Zamarripa, Impact 2019 graduate, is now a member of the City of San Diego’s International Affairs Board. Read more.

Kevin Meissner, Impact 2016 graduate, is now the Managing Director for Cushman & Wakefield,

MyMy Lu, impact 2014 graduate, is now the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Peter Callstrom, impact 1998 graduate, was named CEO of the Year, Medium Nonprofit by the San Diego Business Journal.

LEAD Board Member Jason Paguio and the Asian Business Association of San Diego received a $150,000 grant from AT&T. Additionally, Paguio was named CEO of the Year, Nonprofit Rising Star by the San Diego Business Journal.

Carrie Vilaplana, Impact 2015 graduate, is now the Vice President, Banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Kimberly Becker, Influence 2019 graduate, was named the CEO of the Year, Government Agency by the San Diego Business Journal.

Dennis DuBard, LEAD Board member, graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Kerry McCullough, Impact 2019 graduate, is now the Director of Hospital Affiliations at UC San Diego Health.

Roxanne Kymaani, Impact 2006 & Advance 2020 graduate, is now the System Leader in Residence for the National Equity Project.

Shreya Sasaki, Impact 2017 graduate, is now the Senior Director, Family & Community Services for the Jewish Family Services.

Veronica Villasenor, Impact 2012 graduate, is now a Board Member for Reality Changers.

Valerie Attisha, Impact 2005 & Advance 2020 graduate is now the Vice President of Client & Community Relations at PNC.

Member Spotlight: ClickUp

ClickUp is one the fastest growing software companies in the world and a prominent fixture of the San Diego community (you’ve probably seen their ads on billboards and buses all over town). Its all-in-one productivity platform empowers businesses around the world to bring all their work into one place, so they can improve productivity, transparency and collaboration across all teams, no matter where they are or how they work. ClickUp is one app to replace them all, with everything from tasks and docs, to chat, goals and more all in one fully-customizable platform.

In order to meet the needs of its rapidly expanding team, ClickUp is opening up a sprawling new office in downtown San Diego! The new headquarters will be located in the DiamondView high-rise tower overlooking Petco Park, with two full floors, a private rooftop deck and visible branding on the building!

Along with the new HQ, the company will continue its rapid hiring spree across all job functions, including sales, marketing, engineering, customer success and more. A big part of this hiring focus will be continuing to tap into San Diego’s own talented and diverse community, a focus which highlights ClickUp’s efforts to help establish San Diego as a major tech and business hub. Today ClickUp has more than 300 employees, with plans to hire twice this many people within the next year.

As the way the future of work continues to evolve, and ClickUp further establishes itself as a leading player in workplace innovation, the company is looking for talented individuals from all industries and all communities to join their growing team.

To learn more about the company, its core values and its mission of saving people time, as well as to see all current jobs they have available, you can visit their careers page at