By Allison Don
Charlie Gillig and Jessica Nare of the San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA) 2013 Class have been appointed to the City of San Diego’s Human Relation’s Commission, which, among other activities, works to ensure that all city residents have equal access to economic, political and educational opportunities and equal access to service protection and accommodation in all businesses and public agencies.
“I am proud to serve on the Human Relations Commission because I fully believe in its mission to protect the basic human and civil rights of all San Diegans,” Gillig says. “I am excited to learn from the other experienced and dedicated Commissioners and I hope to soon contribute in a meaningful way.”
Adds Nare, “I am truly honored to serve on the Human Relations Commission and I look forward to being involved in discussions about human rights in San Diego. My academic and professional career has been centered on examining oppression, specifically the ways in which women, LGBT populations, and people of color are often marginalized. I am eager to learn more about discrimination on a local level in San Diego. The Human Relations Commission is uniquely situated to hear from the community and respond to expressed needs. It is an opportunity to have generative conversations about identity, access, and education that are desperately needed in our diverse community.”
Jessica L. Nare holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in women’s studies from San Diego State University. She currently works at Jewish Family Service of San Diego where she supervises the Youth Leadership Department. Jessica has traveled widely to study women’s issues with scholars and community organizers throughout Europe and Asia. She brings these experiences to her work as a core faculty member in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University and a lecturer in Women’s Studies at SDSU.
Charlie Gillig is an attorney and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of RemitRight, LLC, an online marketplace created to assist immigrants with international money transfers. As a Skadden Fellow, Charlie founded and directed Casa Cornelia Law Center’s satellite office in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, providing free legal services and representation to indigent immigrant victims of human and civil rights abuses. Charlie currently serves as on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Karen Organization of San Diego, a non-profit organization that provides services and advocacy on behalf of refugees from Myanmar. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Charlie is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to graduate school, Charlie served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.
SDLA trains its fellows on how to effectively apply to and participate in civic organizations such as a city commission. “I need to give a shout out to the SDLA for encouraging Fellows to be active civic participants,” says Gillig. “The session on Boards and Commissions inspired me to serve where I do today!”