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.

Meeting Dates


Advisory Council Co-Chairs

Maggie Meza
San Diego Chapter Director
Blue Star Families

Chris Thorne
Owner & President - HR Consultant - Chris Thorne Consulting
President - Gary Sinise Foundation San Diego Chapter

Advisory Council Members

Andrew Blume
ALECTRONICS Research Center International

Joe Boscacci
Army Reserve Ambassador-CA
United States Army

Tim Brison

Terral Christopher
Systems Operator/Safety Coordinator
UC San Diego Health

Herbert Clay
Director, Corporate Security
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Anthony Ewing
MHFA Instructor
Mental Health America San Diego

Garry Garretson
Community Supporter

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

Joey Jerome
Director of Military Relations and Program Enhancement
Armed Services YMCA, San Diego

Carrie Johnson
Technical Learning Architect

Randy Lange
Firebird AST

Lisa Marcolongo
Media Relations & Veterans Specialist
The Elizabeth Hospice

Heather Piedrahita
Manager of Alumni Relations
National University

Diana Ramirez
Director of Community Relations
Reborn Cabinets

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

Rachel Solenberger
Rachel M Solenberger Consulting

Yannire Thompson, PhD
Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs

Janis Whitaker
Executive Director

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

Todd Yates
Transition Specialist
Hire Heroes USA

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