On November 18, Mayor Todd Gloria announced the following appointments to City councils and commissions:
Jaymie Bradford, 49, of Bay Park, is re-appointed to the board of directors of the San Diego Convention Center. Bradford is Executive Vice President and COO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she leads the strategy and vision for the Chamber, and oversees its day-to-day operations. Bradford has extensive experience in municipal administration, having served in various managerial and political positions. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego.
Elaine Cooluris, 74, of Ocean Beach is appointed to the Accessibility Advisory Council. She has over 40 years of experience working for Able-Disabled Advocacy (A-DA) – an organization that provides advocacy, universal technology assistance, disability and accessibility awareness counseling and employment-related services for young people and adults with disabilities. Under his leadership, A-DA was the first organization in the San Diego area to provide computer training and employment assistance to people who are blind, deaf and hard of hearing, as well as people with severe mobility challenges. .
Sunday Gover, 49, of Scripps Ranch is appointed to the Civil Service Commission. Gover is a small business owner with a background in business leadership management, particularly in recruitment, retention and employment policy development. A leader in the LGBT community, she has been an active volunteer with many local organizations ensuring that all voices are heard and received an inclusive and equitable response. Its advocacy is both regional and personal. She is a mother of four, cares for her aging father and runs his business.
Hillcrest’s 59-year-old Dr. Mary McKenzie is appointed to the Accessibility Advisory Council. McKenzie has lived in San Diego for over 25 years and has spent most of his time training students as a professor of political science at the University of San Diego (USD). His volunteer experience includes serving on Hillcrest City Council, Uptown Planners, San Diego Diplomatic Council, and the USD College of Arts and Sciences. McKenzie has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since childhood.
Mr. Nicolaz Portillo, 48, from Southcrest is appointed to the Civil Service Commission. Portillo has a long and distinguished career in San Diego County advocating for and helping the aging and disabled population. Her knowledge and compassion have positively impacted countless families through her work. Portillo’s education includes obtaining a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Francisco.
Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, 34, of Downtown is named to the board of directors of the San Diego Convention Center. Rodriguez-Kennedy is Deputy Chief of Staff for the California State Board Equalization, District 4. He is a former journalist, community organizer, and United States Marine Corps veteran. His volunteering includes serving on the San Diego LGBT Pride Board of Directors, a member of the San Diego Police Department LGBTQ + Advisory Board, and as commissioner of the San Diego County Public Service Commission. Rodriguez-Kennedy will succeed Allan Farwell, who resigned from the board effective December 1.
Melinda Vasquez, 46, of Rancho Peñasquitos is appointed to the San Diego Housing Commission. Vasquez is a lawyer specializing in real estate, labor and family law. Vasquez is the current president of the San Diego Housing Coalition, where she represents a collective of community members, organizations and housing advocates who have been directly affected by the housing crisis. She is also commissioner of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls for San Diego County. She received a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University and her JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Mary Wolford, 65, of Bay Park is appointed to the Accessibility Advisory Council. Wolford spent 43 years serving the residents of the City of San Diego. She worked for over 20 years in the Public Works Engineering Division, executing accessibility related capital improvement projects. In 2011 Wolford joined the city’s ADA Compliance Office. She also worked as a Certified Access Specialist for ADA Self-Assessments and Transition Plans.
In addition, the following appointments were confirmed by the city council this week:
Paul Cooper, 63, of Carmel Valley has been appointed to the ethics committee. Cooper is vice president and legal counsel for the RMD group. Prior to that, he served as Executive Assistant in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. His tenure in the city attorney’s office began in 1993. Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Laws degree from J Law School. Reuben Clark.
Colin Duong, 17, from Mira Mesa was appointed to the Youth Commission as District 6 representative. He has experience working for small businesses and is passionate about entrepreneurship and business building. an environment that helps small businesses succeed. Duong seeks to increase the availability of entrepreneurship programs for young people because he understands that local businesses are essential for economic growth and a source of innovation.
Thomas Hebrank, 61, has been reappointed to the Ethics Commission. Hebrank is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and Partner at E3 Advisors. He served as chairman of the City of San Diego Employee Retirement System (SDCERS) and a member of the city’s audit committee overseeing the city’s financial reporting and internal audit functions. Hebrank holds a BSBA in Accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.
Imani Robinson, 48, of Mountain View, has been appointed to the Arts and Culture Commission. Robinson is an incredible leader in his community and a strong advocate for public spaces and the arts. Originally from San Diego with deep ties to her neighborhood, she is passionate about youth engagement and opportunities. Robinson’s experience includes serving on three school site boards in the San Diego Unified School District and was a member of the District Advisory Board of Trustees for several years. For the past two years, Robinson has chaired the Mountain View Advisory Board, where she worked with the community to host live events, improve safety, and complete beautification projects. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for almost 30 years and has a 10 year career in financial literacy that began with Mind Treasures. She also provides advice to Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek as a program advisor and is a financial literacy coach with Dreams for Change.
Jimmie Slack, 70, of Scripps Ranch has been appointed to the ethics committee. Slack has over three decades of public service experience in the County and City of San Diego. He served as chief of staff to former San Diego County Board of Directors Leon L. Williams, and served in the same position for former San Diego City Council presidents Tony Young and Myrtle Cole, until on his retirement in 2018. He also worked as a regional project manager for Lockheed. Martin / ACS State and local solutions. Slack received her BA in Public Administration / Management from San Diego State University.