Five San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA) alumni have been named Finalists in the San Diego Business Journal "Emerging Generation: 25 In Their 20s" Awards. Roberto Alcantar and Efrem Bycer of the 2012 class, and Sadie Brinton, Wyn Furman, and Rebekah Hook of the 2013 class will be honored at a September 18 reception. Wyn and Roberto are continuing their SDLA involvement as members of our Board. Congratulations to our young leaders!
For more information on the Emerging Generation awards, click here.
With the city of San Diego's political future in flux, the San Diego CityBeat has called upon SDLA to foster the next generation of progressive leaders:
[San Diego progressives are] looking at the viable replacements and they're not seeing any liberals who'll favor the interests of the lower and middle classes over the influential status-quo types who insist upon, say, building unnecessary, obtrusive bridges and parking structures in the city's iconic urban park and earmarking hotel-room taxes for the marketing of private, big-money businesses while basic services are left wanting.
....In November, we'll be offered another choice. We'll need to show up and make the best choice, again among a selection of less-than-perfect candidates. Looking forward, let's hope that groups like the San Diego Leadership Alliance can generate options that are better than Filner.
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This recognition is not the first time SDLA has caught CityBeat attention - in 2012, CityBeat did an extensive profile of our organization.
Indeed, SDLA is committed to fostering the next generation of progressive leaders in San Diego.
Tyler Hewes, a 2010 SDLA Fellow and the Associate Director of Mainly Mozart, was recently interviewed by San Diego City Beat on the subject of generational turnover in arts administration.
San Diego's emerging arts leaders speak
Justin Hudnall, San Diego City Beat, August 20, 2013
...Tyler Hewes, 32, associate director of Mainly Mozart, puts his finger on it: "Across the arts, but also across the nonprofit world, there's this idea you should be willing to take a lesser life because you are working in your, quote-unquote, passion. That's bullshit. That's why so many talented people leave this sector. They're not getting paid what they deserve, and because there's so much stasis in the administration of these companies, they're not going to invest in the younger generation because there's no need. It's like the Hollywood system: There's always another young starlet stepping off the bus from Iowa."
The stasis Hewes talks about, in which nonprofit arts founders and top executives stay in power sometimes for decades, ends up harming the organization.
"If someone offered me the job of Mainly Mozartís executive director upon [current director and co-founder Nancy Laturno Bojanic's] retirement, I would turn them down, because Mainly Mozart is and always will be—until at least three years after she retires—Nancy. As the founder for 25 years, she's given such a wide berth by the board and by the community that the person that follows her is screwed."...
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Gary Rotto - SDLA board member and Director of Health Policy and Strategic Communications for the Council of Community Clinics - recently appeared on KPBS to inform San Diegans about Covered California. Covered California is this state's health benefits exchange - a key portion of the federal Affordable Care Act. Check out his appearance:
Learn more from Gary and others in this KPBS article:
Marissa Cabrera, Alison St John, KPBS.org, July 18, 2013
President Obama today countered criticism of his health reform law from Republicans, saying insurance companies are sending half a billion dollars in rebates to some 8.5 million people.
In spite of efforts in Washington DC to delay the start date of the reforms, in California, the new health insurance exchange, Covered California, is in place. The date when those who are uninsured can start signing up, is barreling towards us but few people know exactly what it will mean for them.
Covered California will begin enrolling individuals for health coverage on October 1. This week the health exchange started training 2,000 workers who will help people with enrollment.
To help you get the answers to key questions we spoke to two San Diego health care professionals: Gary Rotto, Director of Health Policy and Strategic Communications at the Council of Community Clinics and Jeannette Shay, Director of Government and Community Relations at Family Health Centers of San Diego.
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San Diego Leadership Alliance Board Member Sid Voorakkara is profiled by the San Diego Union Tribune for his appointment as senior business development specialist at Governor Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development.
Katherine Poythress, U-T San Diego, May 9, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown this week appointed a specialist to focus on attracting, expanding and retaining businesses in the San Diego area.
San Diegan Sid Voorakkara is the third field specialist to join the California Business Investment Services branch of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The other two serve the Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay areas.
Voorakkara, 42, previously worked at the California Endowment, where he specialized in workforce development. More recently, he came from Ten Page Memo LLC, a firm specializing in strategic planning and government and community relations.
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San Diego Leadership Alliance Board Member Sid Voorakkara has been appointed senior business development specialist at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Sid has been a strong member of the SDLA Board and supporter of young progressives in San Diego. Congratulations to Sid!
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.
Sid Voorakkara, 42, of San Diego, has been appointed senior business development specialist at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Voorakkara has been a partner at Ten Page Memo LLC since 2012. He was statewide program officer and San Diego regional program officer at the California Endowment from 2005 to 2011, field director of public affairs at the United Nations Foundation from 2003 to 2004 and director of production and client services at Home Front Communications from 2000 to 2002. Voorakkara was communications advisor to Minority Leader Richard Gephardt from 1999 to 2000, western communications strategist for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1997 to 1998 and served as a staffer on a variety of federal, state and local campaigns from 1993 to 1997. Voorakkara is a member of the advisory council for the San Diego Community College Board of Trustees and a member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance Board of Directors and the San Diego LGBT Community Center Board of Directors.
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Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry profiled Jared Quient (2010) in their weekly column about entrepreneurship in San Diego. Barbara has also served as a mentor to past Fellows.
Jamie Duitz, 27, and Jared Quient, 31, are not Hollywood stars in a soap opera. They are the archetypes of what the new San Diego is going to look like — if we can retain them.
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Our Co-Director and 2010 alumnus Johanna Schiavoni spoke to KPBS about Equal Pay Day and the wage gap for women in the work place. Johanna is also the president elect of the , an organization dedicated to advancing the status of women in the law.
Equal Pay For Women - The Gender Gap
Peggy Pico, KPBS, April 8, 2013
Equal pay for an equal job still appears to be out of reach for many women in this country. The federal Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963 when women made 59 cents to every dollar a man made. It was set up to prevent wage discrimination between men and women who are equally skilled and doing the same job. Today, some 50 years later, a woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.
Our Co-Director and founder Colin Parent was profiled recently by the U-T San Diego. The profile comes as Parent returned to San Diego as the Director of Policy for the San Diego Housing Commission, after two years working in the Jerry Brown administration.
Colin Parent: Housing policy wonk
Roger Showley, March 18, 2013
Appointed policy director last month, Parent, 32, left a potentially lucrative law practice and the political rat race in Sacramento to return to his hometown to dig in the weeds of affordable housing. He isn't giving up political ambitions entirely, but for now he's happy to operate in the background.
"I've found in the last couple of years in working in the public sector, you can have an enormous, positive impact in the world around you from the back benches," Parent said in his offices at the Smart Corner, a mixed-use project at Broadway and Park Boulevard.
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On February 17, 2013, the U-T San Diego profiled the San Diego Leadership Alliance in a featured story.
FUTURE LEADERS LEARNING THE ROPES THROUGH PROGRAM
Mark Walker, U-T San Diego, February 17, 2013
A group of 20 civic-minded young San Diegans don’t know if they’re going to change the world, but they want to give it their best shot.
They’ve been gathering together every other Saturday to hone their civic engagement skills through a series of lectures, discussions and exercises that organizers say prepares them to become community leaders.
For more click here.