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Please join the 2018 SDLA Fellows as we activate, regenerate, and unite in celebrating the "Power of the People" in San Diego’s progressive community.  Proceeds from this event benefit future classes of the SDLA Institute, which ensures that the SDLA Institute remains free for all fellows.

We hope that you will join us, and if you cannot attend but would still like to support the SDLA, please consider purchasing a ticket.

Event Details

Date: May 17, 2018 | 6pm-10pm

Location: The Cellar and Loft at Mission Brewery (1441 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

If you are not able to join us, please consider purchasing an In-Spirit Attendee ticket or making a donation. Please visit our event page to purchase tickets.

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Crystal Page

Screen_Shot_2018-01-18_at_11.29.15_PM.pngCongratulations to SDLA institute alumni Crystal Page (Class of 2014)! Crystal is now the Director of Communications at SEIU California!

Content producer, digital strategist and web developer—Crystal has spent the last decade creating and managing digital content for clients and employers such as SEIU-USWW, Good Jobs LA and Brave New Films. Additionally, while living in Chicago, she gave her time to WLUW 88.7 as a broadcast engineer for community programming. Her syndicated reality show, “A Just Sparkle,” continues to air on CAN-TV teaching viewers how to shop sweatshop-free. Crystal earned an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California and a dual BA in Communication and Theology from Loyola University of Chicago.


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Kimberly R. Simms

Kimberly_R._Simms.jpgSan Diego Leadership Alliance alumni Kimberly R. Simms (Class of 2013) was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the California Cannabis Industry Association. 

Kimberly earned her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California and started her own law practice focusing on the unique legal needs of the medical marijuana community. In this position, she has fought relentlessly for patients’ rights, met with government officials to craft reasonable and effective regulations that allow for safe access, and litigated against cities when they refused to comply with state law. Kimberly is at the forefront of this emerging area of law. She has taught courses on Medical Marijuana Law and has been interviewed by NPR, CNN, and various media outlets as a leading expert in this field.

Furthermore, as a passionate advocate for LGBT rights, Kimberly is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of the LGBT community through legal work, education and public policy work. She is currently expanding her practice to include legal services in adoption and surrogacy matters. Kimberly is a member of the Young Professionals Council, a philanthropic organization supporting the San Diego LGBT Center.

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