Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council

The Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council works with elected officials, community leaders, Chamber Members, topic experts, and other organizations to shape policies that help promote business creation, sustainability, and growth.

Areas of focus include

  • Employment
  • Business and Industry Retention
  • Housing and Living Costs
  • Environmental Regulations, and
  • Workforce Development

Advisory Council Members are responsible for discussing and deciding, by vote, the official position adopted by the Chamber regarding the different public issues that affect businesses and workers in San Diego.

For more information about getting involved with Economic Development & Advocacy, contact Sophia Hernandez.

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

All Chamber Members and their employees are invited to join the meetings and participate in the discussion.

Meeting Dates


Advisory Council Co-Chairs

Joe Britton
Public Affairs Manager
San Diego Gas & Electric

Widney Hawthorne
Business Consultant
CoAdvantage

Advisory Council Members

Laura Bashore
Career Coach/Founder
Anew Resume and Career Services

DeAndrea Brazel
Employee Benefits Advisor
Benefit Pro Insurance Services

Dolores Canizales
Career Education Specialist
Poway Unified School District

Sali Coleman
IT Consultant

Wendy DeCesare
California Area Manager
Hire Heroes USA

Chip Dykes
Director of Community Development
Frontwave Credit Union

Eileen Gaffen
President
Steres Gaffen Media

Chuck Gourley
Owner
Money Mailer San Diego

Samara Hakim
President
CulturGrit, LLC

Natahlie Halcrow
Cofounder, Client Manager
Gearbox Websites

Joni Iglinski
Director of Academic Affairs
University of Phoenix

Patricia Lamparella
Financial Advisor
Prudential Financial

Antonia Luna
Senior Vice President, Support Services and Branch Network
California Coast Credit Union

Neil McCarthy
CPA
Community Supporter

Leila Naderi
Director of Partnership Development
Alliant International University

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

Jolyn Parker
VP External Relations
San Diego Oasis

Christian Plotegher
President
Inter Capital Network

Sanjiv Prabhakaran
President & CEO
Bytes, Inc.

Edward Schwarz
Senior Vice President
Merrill Lynch

Shawn Stout-Jough
Principal Consultant 
Strategic HR Advisory

Tony Teravainen
CEO & Co-Founder
Support the Enlisted Project

Jessica Tufts
General Manager, Community Liason
Staples

Evan Wahl
Director, Project Management & Site Strategy
Catalent Pharma Solutions - San Diego

Brad Weber
Publisher & CEO
Local Umbrella Media

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