Military Affairs Advisory Council


The Military Affairs Advisory Council works with Chamber Members, elected officials, topic experts, community leaders, and other organizations to advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for the military community.

Advisory Council Members are responsible for discussing and deciding, by vote, the official position and activities carried out by the Chamber regarding policies that affect the military community in San Diego.

Our advocacy focus includes but is not limited to the following issues affecting active-duty service members, veterans, and their families in San Diego County:

  • Housing
  • Jobs
  • Taxes
  • Unethical practices that impact active-duty service members and veterans

The Advisory Council also facilitates Operation Connect, a San Diego North Educational Foundation program, educating and connecting veterans to businesses within the Chamber and the community to assist their transition to civilian life.

For more information about how to get involved with the Military Affairs Advisory Council, 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.

Advisory Council Co-Chairs

Maggie Meza
San Diego Chapter Director
Blue Star Families

David Yankaskas
Yankaskas Financial Insurance Services

Please click a meeting date below to register. Registration is required. 

Meeting Dates


For more information about getting involved with the Military Affairs Advisory Council, contact Sophia Hernandez.

Advisory Council Members

Alisa Espinoza
University Development Counselor
Grand Canyon University

Andrew Blume
ALECTRONICS Research Center International

Anthony Ewing
MHFA Instructor
Mental Health America San Diego

Brent Ringoot
Residential Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

Carrie Johnson
Technical Learning Architect

Cesar Peraza
Veteran Employment Manager
Towards Maximum Independence

Diana Ramirez
Director of Community Relations
Reborn Cabinets

Garry Garretson
Community Supporter

Herbert Clay
Director, Corporate Security
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Heather Piedrahita
Manager of Alumni Relations
National University

Janis Whitaker
Executive Director

Jeremiah Irvin
Strategic Partnerships Manager
National University

Joe Boscacci
Army Reserve Ambassador-CA
United States Army

Joey Jerome
Community Supporter

Lisa Marcolongo
Media Relations & Veterans Specialist
The Elizabeth Hospice

Marilyn Huerta
Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
California State University San Marcos

Nicole Johnson
Human Resources Assistant
Defense Health Agency

Rachel Solenberger
Rachel M Solenberger Consulting

Randy Lange
Firebird AST

Ronald Ramirez
Dean, College of Business Administration
California State University San Marcos

Stephanie Whittenberg
Government Loan Center Operations Manager
Residential Wholesale Mortgage, Inc.

Terral Christopher
Systems Operator/Safety Coordinator
UC San Diego Health

Tim Brison

Todd Yates
Transition Specialist
Hire Heroes USA

Yannire Thompson, PhD
Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs

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