Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council

The Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council works with elected officials, community leaders, Chamber Members, and other organizations to shape policies that help to promote business creation, sustainability, and growth. Areas of focus include jobs, employment and business retention that stimulates overall economic growth, and improves the quality of life in the region.

The Advisory Council also facilitates the Chamber's Think Local First initiative, whose goal is to support buying, hiring, and contracting locally. For more information about getting involved with Economic Development & Advocacy, email Dylan Fisher or call the Chamber at (858) 487-1767.

Chamber Members are invited to join the meetings and participate during the discussion.

Please click a meeting date on the right to register. Registration is required.

Meeting Dates


Advisory Council Co-Chairs

Joe Britton
Public Affairs Manager
San Diego Gas & Electric

Sanjiv Prabhakaran
President & CEO
Bytes, Inc.

Advisory Council Members

Ryan Beyer
Director of Finance
Newland Real Estate Group

Dolores Canizales
Career Education Specialist
Poway Unified School District

Anastasia Figueroa
Sr. Associate Director
USC Marshall MBA Admissions

Eileen Gaffen
President
Steres Gaffen Media

Chuck Gourley
Owner
Money Mailer San Diego

Jack Greene
Sr. Engineer
Rancho Computer Networks, Inc.

Natahlie Halcrow
Cofounder, Client Manager
Gearbox Websites

Widney Hawthorne
Business Consultant
Human Resources Outsourcing

Dan Hendricks
President
Open Source Maker Labs

Areian Kouros (Representing Self)
Staff Engineer, Airworthiness
Northrop Grumman

Alisha Lapewych
Associate Attorney
Buchalter, APC

Adriana Martinez
Director of Human Resources
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Neil McCarthy
CPA
Dickerson Rix & Company, LLP,CPAs

Jeff Mudd
President & Founder
Best Rate Repair

Leila Naderi
President/Founder
Global Leadership Academy

Mike Nagy
Public Affairs Manager
Southern California Rental Housing Association

Fred Nasseri
Owner/President/CEO
Unicorn Jewelry & Watch Boutique

John O'Reilly
Owner & Founder
O'Reilly Wealth Advisors

Scott Peck
President
Peck, Barr & Associates, CPAs

Christian Plotegher
President
Inter Capital Network

Dan Roberts
Owner, Consultant
Business Bridging Solutions

Julie Schardin
Director of Institutional Engagement
Fleet Science Center

Edward Schwarz
Senior Vice President
Merrill Lynch

Patricia Stanford
Community Engagement Manager
Goodwill Industries of San Diego County

Shawn Stout-Jough
Principal Consultant 
Strategic HR Advisory

Sree Vijayan
Director, ERP Cloud Consulting
Oracle

Désirée Wilson
President & CEO
Oceanside Security Agency

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