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SDLA Alumni Appointed to City International Affairs Board

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By Allison Don

Two alumni of the San Diego Lead­er­ship Alliance (SDLA), Roberto Alcan­tar (Class of 2012) and Mark Leo (Class of 2013) have been appointed to the City of San Diego’s Inter­na­tional Affairs Board. The board aims to fos­ter friendly rela­tions, bet­ter under­stand­ing, eco­nomic coop­er­a­tion, and cul­tural inter­change between the U.S. and other countries.

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The Institute - Session #8 - Canvassing in City Heights

By Hilary Morefield

The spring sun shone brightly through the windows of Shawna’s car as we stepped out into the end of 37th Street in Normal Heights. Today was the canvassing session of the Institute, where the fellows would get the opportunity to get to have face-to-face contact with community members about a particular issue. I quietly trailed SDLA Fellows Luis Osuna and Shawna Held as they made their way down the block, trying to make sense of the address list in hand.

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The Institute- Session #7 - Public Policy - Understanding and Engaging with the Issues

By Hilary Morefield

As soon as I arrived at the seventh session of the Institute, I could see the SDLA fellows had already eagerly started into an engaging and informative day of talks on public policy. After an active team building break outside to kick off the mid-morning, the group jumped into discussions of all kind of policy approaches, ranging from healthcare to environmental impacts and coalition building. The day served as a continuation of the public policy discussion in the 3rd session of the Institute.

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The Institute - Session #6 - Communication: It’s All in the Relationships

By Hilary Morefield

A consultant, a fundraiser, and a rabbi. Not usually the first figures you have in mind as experts on the field of communication.However, for the Communications session of the Institute, SDLA took the path of the less obvious and opted to pull from a diverse spectrum of experience and expertise, making it an interesting and informative jump from speaker to speaker throughout the day.

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The Institute - Session #5 - Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Talks on Her Career and Six Things She Learned in Her 20s

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By Hilary Morefield

When Lorena Gon­za­lez stepped into the room for our fifth ses­sion, her pres­ence imme­di­ately com­manded atten­tion. The assemblywoman’s con­fi­dent, hilar­i­ous and can­did approach had the full room from her first line. Gon­za­lez has been a long-​time ally of SDLA and has spo­ken to past fel­lows on numer­ous occa­sions regard­ing her work as the secretary-​treasurer and CEO of the San Diego-​Imperial Coun­ties Labor Coun­cil, AFL-​CIO but this was her first time speak­ing at the insti­tute as an elected offi­cial. For this ses­sion, she approached the con­ver­sa­tion on a more per­sonal level, dis­cussing her expe­ri­ences as a young pro­gres­sive in her 20s, her career and the some of the lessons she learned along the way.

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