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“Engaging at the committee level with EDC has introduced me to a network of professionals dedicated to moving San Diego forward. They want to roll up their sleeves and make a positive impact. I’ve received a significant return on my investment of time both personally and professionally.”

Economic Development Committee Chairman Julian Parra, SoCal market executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
June 16, 2016

EDC Investors and Board Members lead initiatives through the following committees:

Economic Development

In 2017, the committee has several efforts underway to retain, expand and attract companies and talent in the region. Committee projects for the year include development of strategies for approaching local conferences, protecting San Diego’s military assets, attracting and retaining local talent, and creating a stronger regional platform for inclusive economic development. All projects are volunteer-led, significantly supported by EDC staff:

  • Chair Julian Parra, Bank of America
  • EDC Staff Kate Gallagher
  • Meetings: Quarterly on the last Friday of the month, 7:30-9 am


Infrastructure Issues Forum

Monthly briefings on infrastructure impacting regional economic development. Join more than 20 investors for informative presentations related to transportation, significant developments and projects, utilities and other regional assets. 

  • Chair Phil Blair, Manpower
  • EDC Staff Raquel Elbachri
  • Meetings: 4th Tuesday of the month, 12-1 pm


Global Competitiveness Council (GCC)

A group of senior business, academic, government and civic partners overseeing World Trade Center San Diego, and the implementation of the region's overarching trade and investment strategy. GCC advises on WTC San Diego programming, helps to generate public support, financial resources and coordination mechanisms for the broader strategy; and issues periodic trade and investment policy recommendations on behalf of the region.

  • Chair Magda Marquet, Alma Life Sciences
  • EDC Staff Nikia Clarke and Drew Garrison
  • Meetings: Quarterly on the 2nd Friday of the month, 2-3 pm


Research Advisory Committees

EDC produces a variety of research products including in study sector economic impact reports. We engage volunteers to form advisory committees comprised of sector experts to guide each study. In 2016, EDC will release sector reports on Software, Cybersecurity, Robotics, CleanTech and Water Technology.

  • EDC Staff Kirby Brady
  • Meetings: Advisory groups meet as required related to projects



The Committee is responsible for ongoing review and recommendations to enhance the quality of the Board of Directors, governance and annual audit oversight.

  • Chair Bob Brower, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • EDC Staff Lauree Sahba


Brand Alliance

A group of more than 100 San Diego company representatives (majority HR and marketing professionals) that are committed to telling San Diego’s story. This group serves as unofficial advisors to San Diego: Life. Changing., a regional branding campaign to attract talent to San Diego.

  • Chair Michelle Sterling, Qualcomm
  • EDC Staff Sarah Lubeck
  • Meetings: Quarterly, and as needed

Learn more about being an EDC investors and contact Lauree Sahba for more information. 


Leadership Spheres

EDC unites business and civic leaders around strategies to enhance our economic competitiveness.

  • Chairman’s Competitiveness Council
    EDC, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and CONNECT, along with other partner trade organizations, convened a coalition of senior business leaders from their board of directors and key contributors to focus on the global competitiveness of the region in the four key economic drivers — military, innovation, tourism and local.

  • Strategic Roundtable
    Strategic Roundtable taps into the collective experience and influence of the region’s retired executives and former public officials. Its purpose is to align these longtime civic entrepreneurs around opportunities to improve San Diego. Roundtable meets monthly to lend its expertise to regional challenges and opportunities.