Dr Bothwell is a retired Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatric Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and 2014 MBA graduate of the Rady School of Management. Dr. Bothwell was the Chair of the Pediatric Airway and Aerodigestive Team at Rady Children’s Hospital and has dedicated her life’s work to the betterment of children with disabilities. Dr Bothwell has authored over 30 scientific publications including recent article on the etiology of recurrent tonsillitis in Science Translational Medicine and other landmark journal contributions on Sinus Surgery and Pediatric Airway management. Dr Bothwell is now a Founding Circle Donor and Treasurer of the San Diego Parks Foundation and currently sits on the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Board as well as other philanthropic boards.
Michel Anderson has over 30 years experience as a business and Land use consultant specializing in governmental relations,Project management, development processing and public affairs.Mr. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of numerouscommunity based non-profits organizations. Anderson earned aBA from the University of Cincinnati and a MBA from the University of San Diego.
Born in Los Angeles and residing west of Highway 1 for virtually all of my life, I came to San Diego to practice law which I did for 35 years, mostly as the general counsel at San Diego Trust & Savings Bank and then UC San Diego. Throughout my professional life I was active in numerous professional organizations, foundations and social service organizations, serving as president of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the San Diego Foundation, and the Lawyers Club of San Diego. I received several recognitions for my volunteer efforts. When I retired in 2007, I was asked to join the board of Voices for Children and now have an active interest in the wellbeing of foster kids. I am also involved in two programs aimed at providing financial assistance for San Diegans wishing to acquire skills needed to enjoy a solid middle class life. I have mentored two young women through A Bridge for Kids and interviewed applicants in low income neighborhoods but right now my time is quite absorbed by getting the new Parks Foundation launched and presiding over La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc.'s very active agenda of projects.
Martha Phillips, a twenty year resident of San Diego is known as being a results-driven professional with an extensive record of success in business and nonprofit agencies including executive leadership roles, fundraising, program management and civic collaborations. As a visionary, Ms. Phillips spent 30 years in the financial services industry where she proved the ability to implement strategies that increase productivity, profitability, teamwork and both partner and customer satisfaction. In the past 15 years Ms. Phillips has focused her energy and passion working to support missions of various nonprofit organizations including Point Loma Association, Junior Achievement of San Diego, and Point Loma Summer Concerts. Her many career awards include proclamations by the City Council of San Diego and San Diego County Board of Supervisors in July 20th 2018 as “Martha Phillips Day”.
Vicki Granowitz, is a citizen volunteer who currently serves on the City of San Diego’s Planning Commission, the Balboa Park Committee and the San Diego Parks Foundation. She personifies all that is right about staying intentionally involved with issues and plans that not only impact current residents, but also future generations on both a Citywide and community level. She has never shirked from encouraging or leading discussions of positions that may be controversial, more often than not bringing diverse groups to consensus. For over twenty five years she has participated on Boards and Committees in the areas of planning, historic preservation, parks and open space, law enforcement, homelessness and affordable housing issues among others. Vicki is a retired psychotherapist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters of Social Work.
Jim Neri is a California licensed landscape architect and in 1997 founded NLA, a San Diego-based landscape architecture firm. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture while at Cal Poly, Pomona. His work on civic projects and zoological gardens has garnered several awards and earned him a reputation for design excellence. Jim is a past member of the San Diego Public Art Committee and Mayor’s Tree Advisory Board, a current member of Friends of Windansea Beach, and a Founding Circle Donor and Member of the San Diego Parks Foundation.
A Baltimore, MD native, Jamar Williams has been a proud resident of San Diego since September 2010. Jamar has spent his time in Southern California as an active entrepreneur and creative professional. In addition to founding commercial real estate media firm Dream Shore Studios in 2013, Jamar is also the Founder and CEO of the world’s most notable drone advertising company, PromoDrone. Currently, Jamar spends most of his time developing PromoDrone’s core business operations and reinvesting his time and resources in nonprofit and community organizations throughout San Diego County. Some of the organizations that Jamar has supported include the It’s All About The Kids Foundation and Pro Kids Golf Academy with aerial drone workshops and demonstrations for students. Jamar describes himself as a servant leader and he takes pride in developing community talent such as interns and externs, who are predominantly under-represented candidates with qualified skills and ambition. Jamar obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management, from the William Paterson University of New Jersey in 2001, and spent the early years of his professional career as an executive in the financial services industry. Currently, Jamar is a member of San Diego Sports Innovators as well as a graduate of the ConnectAll@The Jacobs Center inaugural cohort. His businesses and professional profile have been featured on Fox 5 San Diego as well as the San Diego Business Journal and sUAS News.
Bill is a Principal, City Economics + Planning at Arup, a global engineering, planning, design, and consultancy firm. His focus is urban planning & development economics, working in cities and regions throughout California, the United States, and internationally. Bill was Planning Director for the City of San Diego from 2006-11. There, he oversaw a group of dedicated planners work with citizens and elected officials to prepare San Diego’s City of Villages General Plan, which received APA’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Planning. A Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and former national President of the 38,000-member American Planning Association from 2013-15, Bill is currently President of the California Planning Roundtable. He is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Revitalization Council and Lambda Alpha, a land economics honorary society. From 1995-2003, he served as a member/chair of San Diego’s Planning Commission and was President of Citizens Coordinate of Century 3 (C3) in the early 1990s. He is on the boards of the City Heights Community Development Corporation and the San Diego Parks Foundation. Bill received his B.A. in Economics & Political Science from Claremont McKenna College, and Masters in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University. A native San Diegan, Bill’s family values the region’s parks and special landscape. His wife, Shawna, is a Principal Environmental Planner with the San Dieguito River Park – a 55-mile greenbelt from Julian to Del Mar. His son, Ryan, is a counselor at Camp CaHiTo in Balboa Park. His daughter, Mila, attends Mission Bay High School, next to Mission Bay Park.
Kenneth Malbrough or Ken (which he prefers to go by) is a proud native San Diegan who graduated from San Diego High School and Miramar College. He has lived in Southeast San Diego all his life. Ken retired in 2012 as a Deputy Fire Chief from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department with 31 years of experience.He is also an active community leader and advocate. He has served as Chairperson for the City of San Diego Consolidated Pan Advisory Board (6 years), Chairperson of the Chollas Valley Community Planning Group (8 years) and the O’Farrell/Valencia Park Town Council (13 years).Ken has been married for 41 years to his high school sweetheart Deborah (Nix) Malbrough. They have two children, Derrick Malbrough, Kendra Malbrough and a granddaughter Arianna Graham.
Elisabeth Eisner Forbes is an attorney in private practice in San Diego. She is a seasoned practitioner with broad corporate, finance and real estate experience and has developed a strong specialty in federal and state laws applicable to non-profit organizations. Elisabeth’s nonprofit practice includes advising nonprofit corporations in obtaining tax-exempt bond financing and providing advice with respect to credit enhancement facilities, letters of credit, and interest rate swap transactions. Elisabeth serves on the Board of The San Diego Foundation. Through my participation with the San Diego Parks Foundation, I hope to help bring resources to areas of the San Diego parks and recreation system where the City of San Diego has insufficient funds to support programs, the upgrade of aging infrastructure or other projects – all with a view to making more equitable the distribution of opportunities for outdoor experiences in all our neighborhoods.
Darlene earned a B.A in Theatre; a second degree, an M.A., in the field of speech pathology; and a third degree, that of Educational Specialist (Ed. S). She is faculty Emerita at SDSU. Over the years, Darlene has served on City of San Diego boards and commissions, requiring Mayoral and City Council approval, including: the Advisory Board on Women, Horton Plaza Theatre Foundation (president); Commission on Arts & Culture; Parks and Recreation Board; and the Balboa Park Committee (vice-president and president). She was president of the County of San Diego Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In addition, she has been involved in Balboa Park activities in other ways. Darlene served for four terms on the Board of the Old Globe Theatre (now The Old Globe) and two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Natural History Museum. Her 19 part published history of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition was buried in the Patrons of the Prado 2015 centennial time capsule in the Craig Noel Garden. In 2016, memorabilia from her Old Globe Theatre collection at the SDSU Library were displayed at the downtown San Diego Public Library, along with other artifacts, as part of the traveling First Folio exhibit from the Folger Library in Washington D.C. For six years, Darlene was The Old Globe Historian. The recipient of more than 60 local, state, and national awards, Darlene will soon receive the Gertrude Gilbert Award from The Committee of One Hundred for her work in the area of historic preservation.
Candace currently serves as the Director of Mitigation and Nonprofit Funds at The San Diego Foundation, where she oversees 80 mitigation funds (monies earmarked for environmental stewardship) and more than 200 nonprofit funds. She provides oversight, strategic direction and growth opportunities in both areas. Candace earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations at California Polytechnic State University – Pomona and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Imani Robinson is an advocate for families in public spaces. As a San Diego native, she started her volunteer career with the San Diego Unified school District by starting a PTA and serving as School Site Council Chair for Crown Point Music Academy. She was also Co-Chair for the Title I Tiger Team with team member, Cindy Marten, our 11th United States Deputy of Education, ensuring the right to Parent/Family Centers in every school. She also served on three School Site Councils throughout the District and was a board member on the District Advisory Council for several years. For the last two years, Imani has Chaired the Mountain View Advisory Council and hopes to continue completion of the Resident Leadership Academy she facilitates at Mountain View Recreation Teen Center as soon as the City reopens. Imani is a licensed Cosmetologist for almost 30 years and is continuing her 10 year career as a Financial Literacy Facilitator with Mind Treasures, and has finally turned her volunteering into a career as a consultant for Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek as their Program Advisor, and a Financial Literacy Coach for Dreams for Change. Imani is excited to work and build equity and equality in public spaces for San Diego Families.
Commissioner Hernandez was raised in San Ysidro and has been actively engaged in community building and empowerment since she was in high school. She graduated from University of California Berkeley with a degree in Chicano studies and an interdisciplinary focus in social justice, cultural studies and multimedia. In 2004, she began her professional career at Casa Familiar as a Community Development Specialist, and later became the first Arts & Culture Director and cofounder of The Front: A Collaborative of Arts, Culture Design & Urbanism. For 6 years, she was a case manager at the YWCA of San Diego, assisting domestic violence and human trafficking survivors, homeless families and displaced immigrants and refugees.
Katherine Johnston joined the San Diego Parks Foundation as its first Executive Director in February 2021. Katherine is a seasoned nonprofit and public affairs professional with extensive experience in public policy development, strategic communications, and community outreach. Most recently, Katherine served as Vice President of Presidio PAG, Inc., where she managed a portfolio of nonprofit and corporate clients. Prior to her work at Presidio, she served as a senior policy and communications advisor to the Mayor of San Diego. In this role, she managed the development and legislative approvals of the City's annual $3.3 billion budget, oversaw the administration’s economic development and workforce development initiatives, and spearheaded major capital and environmental projects. Katherine currently serves as Chair of the City of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Committee and Balboa Park Committee as a volunteer.