The Institute - Session #3 - Interim Mayor Todd Gloria Greets Our Fellows

By Hilary Morefield

For his fifth con­sec­u­tive year, San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Glo­ria spoke to our Insti­tute Fel­lows on Feb­ru­ary 8th, shar­ing his advice and enthusiasm with the class. Glo­ria has returned every year to speak with the Fel­lows at the Insti­tute since its found­ing in 2010.

In the past, Glo­ria has spo­ken about his work as a Dis­trict 3 coun­cil­man and City Coun­cil pres­i­dent. At this ses­sion, he shared his involve­ment in pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics and a num­ber of prac­ti­cal strate­gies to bet­ter pro­mote pol­icy and civic engagement.

Through his time with SDLA, Glo­ria has remained enthu­si­as­tic about the bud­ding pro­gres­sive poten­tial from the Institute’s Fel­lows. After his visit to the Insti­tute last Feb­ru­ary, Glo­ria blogged that the Fel­lows “give me con­fi­dence that the future of the pro­gres­sive move­ment in our region is bright.”

This past year, Glo­ria has begun to see an even greater increase in the influ­ence and involve­ment of the Institute’s alumni within the San Diego community.

“[The Insti­tute] is really pro­duc­ing results… The non-​progressives have a num­ber of sim­i­lar pro­grams, so it’s great to see the pro­gres­sive side mak­ing real changes.”

He pointed out that sev­eral Insti­tute alumni have received appoint­ments within San Diego in the last year. Jes­sica Lawrence, a 2013 Insti­tute alumni, was appointed as a Bud­get and Finance Com­mit­tee Con­sul­tant for the City of San Diego and as a pol­icy advi­sor on Gloria’s own staff.

Lawrence said the Insti­tute helped her tran­si­tion from her pre­vi­ous posi­tion to her cur­rent work on Gloria’s staff. “It really is a mat­ter of the right place and right time…I was ready to step into a lead­er­ship role, and [The Insti­tute] gave me cer­tain skills and con­nec­tions that helped jump the gap.”

Check our blog later this week to hear an update regard­ing our most recent session!

Keep in touch

Sign in with:

Twitter Facebook Email
Donate Volunteer


Alex Southard
Small Business Engagement Specialist, City of San Diego Economic Development Department

Alex Southard serves as the Small Business Engagement Specialist in the Economic Development Department at the City of San Diego. Driven by...