If you had unlimited resources, how would you change our community for the better?
Community change starts with community engagement. In our profession we are ultimately seeking to affect the economic livelihood of the diverse communities we serve across the County of San Diego. Therefore, changing our community for the better requires working closely with our local population, understanding their unique needs as well as the broader supply and demand constraints across workers and industries and considering these factors when designing our programs.
If you could describe your job role in 3 words, what would it be and why?
Impact, empowerment, improvement. My role oversees the implementation of our programs and the impact we have on our communities, aligning with our City, County and State economic development strategies. It fundamentally supports worker empowerment by supporting our workers with access to resources to support the achievement of their personal goals. Improvement is also fundamental to my role, where I am constantly looking for opportunities to improve the delivery of our services, helping San Diego reach its potential for providing an evolving and adequate range of economic opportunities to support the growing needs of the local workforce.
What's one thing you really love about living in San Diego?
Having had a glorious international career over the past decade and traveling all over the world, I can truly say that within the U.S., San Diego is simply one of the most beautiful, serene and amazing places to both raise a family and work in. Besides the magnificent weather, calm atmosphere and amazing surroundings, I just love that everyone I meet shares the same passion to want to help San Diego develop and thrive as a destination of choice not just for tourists to visit, but for the private sector to consider in bringing the population innovative employment opportunities.