LEADers On The Move

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Advance class of 2021 graduate Andrea Caldwell now serves as Director, Government Relations of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Impact class of 2017 graduate Jenna Harris now serves as Vice President & COO/ Chief of Staff of San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Influence class of 2011 graduate Sam Attisha now serves as Senior Vice President, Field Operations of Cox Communications.

Impact class of 2021 graduate Keshia Javis-Jones now serves as Council Member, Military, Veteran, and Families Advisory Council of City of San Diego.

Impact class of 2022 participant Vincenzo Tarantino now serves as Board Member of Diversionary Theatre.

Impact class of 2022 participant Barbarah Torres was awarded Circulate San Diego’s Advocate Award.

Impact class of 2021 graduate Mindy Wright now serves as Director, Communications of SBCS.

Impact class of 2006 graduate Supervisor Nora Vargas was named by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) as a 2021 Spirit of Hope Award Recipient.

The following were named to San Diego Business Journal’s 500 Most Influential People in San Diego:

Elizabeth Fitzsimons, President & CEO, Episcopal Community Services

Carol Dedrich, CEO, Girl Scouts San Diego

James Floros, President & CEO, Impact the Change

Paul Downey, President & CEO, Serving Seniors

Lisette Islas, Executive Vice President & Chief Impact Officer, MAAC

Rudolph Johnson III, President & CEO, Neighborhood House Association

Rip Rippetoe, CEO, San Diego Convention Center Corporation

Jason Paguio, President & CEO, Asian Business Association of San Diego

Nancy Sasaki, President & CEO, United Way of San Diego

Lauree Sahba, COO, San Diego Regional EDC

James Sly, CEO, East County EDC

Joe Stuyvesant, President & CEO, Port of San Diego

Tonya Torosian, CEO, Promises2Kids

David Wellis, CEO, Community Bio

Tim Keane, Dean, University of San Diego School of Business

Michael Cunningham, Chancellor, National University System

Lisa Ordonez, Dean, Rady School of Business, UC San Diego

Mark Sanchez, Superintendent/President, Southwest College

Dana Alligood, Market Executive, Global Commercial Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Isai Amaya, Regional President, San Diego Branch Banking Division, Union Bank

Gordon Boerner, Senior Vice President & Western Regional Banking Manager, U.S. Bank

Karen Harrison, Senior Vice President, SBA Executive, Bank of America

Julian Parra, Senior Vice President, Region Executive, Bank of America

Alan Prohaska, Regional President & Head of Corporate Banking, PNC

Manuel Rodriguez, Market Executive, U.S. Bank

Jane Finley, Senior Vice President, Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Rob Douglas, President & COO, Resmed

Melissa Hayden-Cook, President & CEO, Sharp Health Plan

Stephen Jennings, Chief External Affairs Officer, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Rady Children’s Hospital

James Mackay, President & CEO, Aristea Therapeutics

Robin Toft, CEO, Founder & Chair, Toft Group, A ZRG Company

Jason Anderson, President & CEO, Cleantech San Diego

Tom Pellette, President, Solar Turbines

Caroline Winn, CEO, SDG&E

Mark Neville, Executive Diretor, San Diego Bowl Game Association

Roxanna Velasquez, Executive Director, San Diego Museum of Art

Reid Carr, CEO, Red Door Interactive

Steven J. Cologne, Managing Partner, Higgs Fletcher & Mack

Steven Jones, CEO, JONES

Sara Katz, CEO, Katz & Associates

Alessandra Lezama, Founder & CEO, TOOTRiS

Seth Stein, CEO, Eastridge Workforce Solutions

Carisa Wisniewski, Partner, Moss Adams

Doug Arthur, President & CEO, SENTRE

Dan Broderick, President, Western Region, Cushman Wakefiled

Natalie Dahl, Managing Director, CBRE

John Frager, Executive Managing Director, CBRE

Michael Neal, President & CEO, H.G. Fenton

Eric Northbrook, Managing Director, Voit Real Estate Services

James Schmid, CEO, Chelsea Investment

Lori Ann Stevens, Design Manager, Turner Construction

Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President, Field Operations, Cox Communications

Bahija Humphrey, CEO, Data Science Alliance

Phil Blair, Executive Officer, Manpower San Diego

Jo Dee Jacob, Former CEO, Girl Scouts San Diego

Stath Karras, Executive Director, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, University of San Diego

Susan Lew, Founder & CEO, S. Lew & Associates

Lidia S. Martinez, Manager of Community Outreach (ret.), Southwest Airlines

Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40 Company

Patti Roscoe, Owner, Roscoe & Associates

Kwofi Reed, CEO, San Diego Habitat for Humanity