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.
Why I Joined SDPF
I not only joined it, I started the San Diego Parks Foundation out of an awareness of the inadequacy of taxpayer funding for public parks in San Diego. Through my work as president of two advisory boards designated by the City to advise the Parks & Recreation Department, I saw many examples of the limited resources available for park improvements and operations. Through La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc., I had also become aware of the increasingly important role of non-profit auxiliaries to public institutions like parks and libraries. So I asked for the opportunity, in concert with P&R, to form this new organization. As I have learned more about the funding model for public parks and recreation centers, I have also become sensitized to the significant disparities in facilities and programming between newer and older communities and am delighted that this Foundation will provide a vehicle for addressing those disparities as well as providing a platform to engage local communities in the wellbeing of their neighborhoods, especially their parks, canyons and other recreational resources.