City of Life Endorsement Team

The following individuals / organizations have endorsed the City of Life identifier for San Diego and Cities of Life / Ciudades de Vida for the San Diego / Tijuana binational region:

Malin BurnhamChairman – The Burnham Foundation
Chairman – Burnham Center for Community Advancement
Dave Nuffer
(1932 – 2011)
Former Chairman – Nuffer Smith Tucker
Former Chairman – San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Former Chairman – San Diego Convention Center & Visitors Bureau
Herbert G. Klein
(1918 – 2009)
National Fellow – American Enterprise Institute
Editor-in-Chief – Copley Newspapers, 1980 – 2003
Director of Communications for President Richard Nixon /
White House, 1969 – 1973
Joseph PanettaPresident & CEO – BIOCOM
Tracy MurphyPresident – IQHQ
Research and Development District (RaDD) – being built on San Diego’s waterfront
Tom SudberryChairman – Sudberry Properties
Life Technologies CorporationA locally headquartered global life sciences company with over 10,400 employees and a presence in over 160 countries (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific)
Nicole Murray RamirezChairman – City of San Diego Human Relations Commission
Mayor of Hillcrest – honorary
Greg LucierChairman & Former CEO – NuVasive, Inc.
Former Chairman & CEO – Life Technologies Corporation
Toni AtkinsSenate President pro Tempore, 2018 – present
California State Senator, 2016 – present
Speaker – California State Assembly, 2014 – 2016
Assembly Member – California State Assembly, 2010 – 2016
San Diego City Councilmember, 2000 – 2008
Deputy Mayor – City of San Diego, July 25 – December 5, 2005
Casey Gwinn President – Alliance for HOPE International
San Diego City Attorney, 1996 – 2004
Mark FabianiCounsel – Los Angeles Chargers
Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton, 1994 – 1996
Deputy Campaign Manager for communication & strategy for
Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign
Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and Chief of Staff to
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley
Edward Holmes President & CEO – Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
Dean – UCSD School of Medicine, 2000 – 2006
Keith B. JonesManaging Principal & Partner – Ace Parking
Former Chairman – Downtown San Diego Partnership
Robert Brewer United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, 2019 – 2021
City of San Diego Human Relations Commission endorsement was unanimous
Tad ParzenPresident & CEO – Burnham Center for Community Advancement
Robert Rauch
(Hotel Guru)
CEO – RAR Hospitality
CHA – Managing Partner
Hilton Campus Del Mar and Fairfield Inn & Suites San Marcos
Faculty Associate – Arizona State University
George Mitrovich
(1935 – 2019)
Former President – City Club of San Diego
John ReedHead of Pharma Research & Early Development – Roche
Former President & CEO – The Sanford / Burnham Institute
Barbara BryChief Operating Officer – Blackbird Ventures
San Diego Mayoral Candidate, 2020
San Diego City Councilmember (District 1), 2016 – 2020
Neil SenturaCEO – Blackbird Ventures
Serial Entrepreneur
Freelance Writer – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bill HavilukCEO and builder of Legoland California Park, 1997 – 2003
Former CEO – Legoland Parks worldwide & Six Flags, St. Louis
Ivor Royston Co-Founder & Managing Member – Forward Ventures
Founder of Hybritech, Inc. & Idec Pharmaceuticals
Steve Francis Chairman – AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS)
2005 & 2008 San Diego Mayoral Candidate
Tom Hom & Loretta Lum HomSan Diego Chinese-American Civic Leaders
First person of color elected to San Diego City Council, 1963
Elected Deputy Mayor, 1964; Elected to California State Assembly, 1968
Named Mr. San Diego 2014
Magda Marquet President & CEO – Althea Technologies
Randy JonesPitcher – San Diego Padres, 1973 – 1980
Cy Young Award winner – 1976
Chuck AbdelnourSan Diego City Clerk Emeritus, 1977 – 2005
Board of Trustees – Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Executive Board – Arab American Leadership Council
Alan KiddFormer President – San Diego Hall of Champions
Ken Kuang President & Founder – Torrey Hills Technologies
Company ranked #188 in INC500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America
Company ranked #2 in San Diego Business Journal’s 100 Fastest Private Growing Companies in San Diego
Author & Amazon Best Seller
John EgerProfessor – San Diego State University
Lionel Van Deerlin Endowed Professor of Communications and Public Policy
Former Chairman of Mayor Susan Golding’s “City of the Future” Committee
Advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and
Director of the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy, 1973 – 1976
John “Mac” McLaughlin RADM, USN (Ret.)President & CEO – USS Midway Museum, since 2004
Rear Admiral, two-star, retired – U.S. Navy
Harold “Gil” JohnsonPresident – Procurement Concepts, Inc.
Former Vice Chair – Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC)
Former Board Member – San Diego Regional Economic
Development Corporation (EDC)
Len Novarro Editor – Asia: The Journal of Culture & Commerce
Bob WittyEditor – Copley News Service, 1993 – 1998
Associate Editor – The San Diego Tribune, 1981 – 1993
John AsmusResearch Physicist – UCSD Institute for Pure & Applied Physical Sciences,1974 – present
Co-Founder – UCSD Center for Art/Science Studies
April BolingCPA – Boling & Boling
Former Chairperson – San Diego Convention Center Corporation
Former Chairperson – San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Michael AguirreSan Diego City Attorney, 2004 – 2008
2013 San Diego Mayoral Candidate
Les WilliamsonFormer President – Serra Mesa Community Council
Ralph Pesqueira President – El Indio Mexican Restaurant
Faith Bautista Executive Director – Mabuhay Alliance, Filipino Community
Mark CasadyChairman & CEO – LPL Financial Services, 2006 – 2016
(LPL is America’s largest independent broker / dealer with over 16,000 financial advisors)
Erik BruvoldPresident & CEO – San Diego Institute for Policy Research
Terrence Caster Chairman – Serving Hands International, a non-profit 501c3 corporation
Nghiep Le Former President – Vietnamese Federation of San Diego
Mel Yoakum Curator – Francoise Gilot Archives (, 1987 – 2010
Robert Copeland President – The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation
Partner – Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Ashley WalkerExecutive Director – City of San Diego Human Relations Commission
Robert Noble, AIACEO – Envision Solar
Former CEO – Tucker Sadler Architects
H. Michael Collins Former Chairman of the Board – Sharp Healthcare
Brian Caster President & CEO – The Caster Companies
Standish Fleming Co-Founder & Managing Member – Forward Ventures
Larry NufferDirector of Marketing Communications – CDC Small Business Finance
Gregory SmithAssessor / Recorder / County Clerk – County of San Diego, 1983 – 2008
James T. HubbellInternationally Recognized Artist –
David FergusonPartner – Goldman Ferguson Partners
Board Member – San Diego & Imperial County Better Business Bureau
Founder – HolesforHeroes.Org
Sandy MurphyCommunity Leader
John ChalkerManaging Director – LM Capital Group, LLC
President – ASAP21
Ester Araujo García de ParedesA Panamanian-American residing in San Diego
Rich ToscanoReal Estate Columnist – Voice of San
Floyd MorrowSan Diego City Councilman, 1965 – 1978
2008 San Diego Mayoral Candidate
Phil MonroeCoronado City Councilmember, 2000 – 2008
Jim Mulvaney, Jr. Vice President – Alliant Insurance Group
Board of Directors – Father Joe’s St. Vincent de Paul Village
Karny StefanFormer CEO – Walden Family Services
Mike LewisGeneral Manager – Pearson Ford Fuels
Chairman – San Diego Environmental Foundation
Rob MullallyPresident – Del Mar Rotary Club
Caryl IsemanCommunity Leader
Linda JalvingOwner – Jewels by the Sea
John FragerExecutive Managing Director – CBRE San Diego Region
Mario AmayaWeb Developer
Annie Caldwell CBRE San Diego
Daisy Lara Community Leader
Bryan WatteCommunity Leader
Bob AngelloBusinessman
Herb SnitzerWorld-renowned photographer of the great jazz musicians
Ankur ShahEngineer Designer
George MullenPrincipal of
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