Board of Directors

Officers and Executive Committee


We are a group of dedicated professionals who believe that people can engage in
challenging conversations with respect, dignity and hope for the future.


  • 0Bill Sailer


    Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm

    Boards/Community Involvement: President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Society, San Diego; Director of the San Diego County Bar Foundation; Trustee of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of San Diego; Director, Kids Included Together, Inc.; Board Member, Junior Seau Foundation.

  • Ben Haddad

    Vice Chair

    Principal, California Strategies LLC

    Former: Senior Vice President for Communications, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); President and Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and served as its Chairman in 2009; ; Senior Vice President for Communications, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); President and Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and served as its Chairman in 2009

    Boards/Community Involvement: San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Former Chair; San Diego Foundation, Executive Committee, Board Member and Former Chair; Former Board Member and Chair, LEAD San Diego; ; Former Board Member of San Diego Symphony, Monarch School, San Diego Center for Children, Red Cross, San Diego County Water Authority, and California Coastal Commission

  • Thomas W. Turner Jr.

    Immediate Past Board Chair

    Vice President, CBRE

    Former: Managing Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP: Commercial Real Estate Attorney

    Boards/Community Involvement: University Club Board of Governors; Past President/Board Member/Executive Committee, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties;; Board, Past President, San Diego County Taxpayers Association; Board, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; ; Former Board Member, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Past President, HomeStart; Past President, San Diego League; Past Board, La Jolla Music Society

  • Jim Linthicum


    NCRC Mediator; NCRC Hearing Officer; and, NCRC Mediator Mentor

    Former: Chief of Capital Programs and Regional Services, San Diego Association of Governments; Director of Mobility Management and Project Implementation, San Diego Association of Governments

    Boards/Community Involvement: American Society of Civil Engineers; Construction Management Association of America

  • Nancy M. Giberson Ph.D.


    Former: Assistant Superintendent, San Diego County Office of Education and Santa Cruz County Office of Education; Principal, Torrey Pines High School and Oak Crest Junior High; School; President, National Council of Administrative Women in Education; Chair, CISC, California County Superintendents Education Services Association; Board of Directors, International Network of Principals' Centers; Advisory Board, National Science Foundation.

    Boards/Community Involvement: Advisory Board, Coastal Community Foundation; Chair, Solana Beach Fund; Alumnae Advisor Committee, Pi Beta Phi, University of California, San Diego.


  • Johanna Afshani

    Attorney, Mediator & Social Justice Activist

    Former: Coach for the Wilmer-Hale Teen Empowerment Conflict Resolution Skills Training Program and Mediator for Mediation Works Incorporated; Former Chair, NCRC-KPBS ; Community Heroes Selection Committee; Chair, NCRC Local Peacemaker Award Committee

  • Richard Bregman

    San Diego Market President and National Co-Head of Healthcare Commercial Banking for Bank of America

    Boards/Community Involvement: Board Chair, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Board Member and Finance Committee, BIOCOM; Previous Board member of CONNECT, Zoological Society of San Diego, YMCA of San Diego County and the United Way of San Diego

  • Michelle Candland

    Former: Managing Director, CBRE

    Boards/Community Involvement: San Diego Downtown Partnership; San Diego Rotary Club; Monarch School; San Diego Women’s Foundation

  • Rudy Castruita

    Professor of Clinical Education, Irving R. and Virginia Archer Melbo Chair in Education Administration, USC Rossier School of Education

    Former: San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District

    Boards/Community Involvement: National Blue Ribbon Schools trainer and evaluator; California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA); California Urban Superintendents; State Superintendent's Advisory Committee; Governance Task Force; California Reading First Initiative Leadership Team; Language Arts Task Force; Blue Ribbon Commission; Scholarship America; Educational Research & Development Institute; Board for Harvard's Urban Superintendent Program; and President's Advisory for Department of Defense Schools

  • Carol Littlejohn Chang

    Dean Emeritus, UC San Francisco School of Dentistry and Health Planning Consultant

    Boards/Community Involvement: Chair, UCSD Foundation Board of Trustees; Chair, Balboa Park Conservancy Board of Trustees; Past Chair; Moores Cancer Center Board at UC San Diego; Past President, San Diego Women’s Foundation; Past President, Board of Trustees, Fleet Science Center

  • Kelly Douglas

    President & CEO, Voices for Children

    Former: General Counsel, University of San Diego; Partner, Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps

    Boards/Community Involvement: Past Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys; Past Board of Directors, NACUA; Past Chair, NACUA’s Committee on Strategic Planning; Board Member and Vice Chair, Goodwill Industries; Member, San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel; LEAD San Diego; Past Board Member, Christ Church Day School

  • Imam Taha Hassane

    Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego

    Former: High School Teacher and Imam in Algeria; Youth Counselor, Colorado Muslim Youth Foundation, Denver, CO

    Boards/Community Involvement: Preacher & lecturer at schools, colleges, churches locally & nationally; Religious adviser of the Muslim Students Association at University of California, San Diego; Board member of the Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego; Member of the National Catholic-Muslim dialogue; Board member of the Interfaith Shelter Network; Member of the Arab-American Advisory Board of the San Diego Police Department; Member of the Interfaith Advisory Board of the San Diego District Attorney Office; Volunteer Chaplain at San Diego Prisons & Hospitals

  • Jane Howard-Martin

    Vice President Labor & Employment/Plant Support Toyota Legal One, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

    Former: Partner with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP in their Los Angeles and Pittsburgh offices; Partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Boards/Community Involvement: Howard-Martin has been featured in a number of publications and symposiums. ; She authored a column on employment issues for, a treatise on Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act; served on the Editorial Review Board of the Pennsylvania Labor Letter; appeared as a panelist on MSNBC's "Today in America"

  • Steve Jennings

    Executive Director, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation; Senior Vice President, Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center

    Former: Assistant Vice Chancellor, Development for the College of Letters and Science at UCLA; Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Development

  • Peter James MacCracken, APR

    Principal, Strategic Communications

    Boards/Community Involvement: Advisor, Equinox Project; Public Policy Committee of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Susan McClellan

    Chair of A Path Forward Task Force

    Boards/Community Involvement: Current: Board Vice President of San Diego Zoo Global Foundation; Co-Chair of Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science Committee; Board Member and Nominating Committee for Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund; Board Member of La Jolla Community Foundation; ; Previous Board Member Make-A-Wish Foundation; LEAD; San Diego; ARCS (Achievement Awards of College Scientists) Foundation; Las Patronas; ; Voices for Children; Capital Campaign Committee for Monarch School; Former Treasurer, Former Secretary San Diego Zoo Global Board; Past President of Junior League of San Diego; National Charity League; Past Chair Las Patronas Jewel Ball; ; National Charity League Senior Presents; San Diego Zoo RITZ (Rendezvous In The Zoo); KPBS-TV Auction; Founding Member San Diego Women’s Foundation

  • Judy McDonald

    Commissioner, City of San Diego

    Boards/Community Involvement: San Diego Rotary, Parker Foundation; Neighborhood Funders supporting the Diamond Neighborhood Initiative; NTC Foundation; Arts District at Liberty Station; DEEP (Diamond Education Excellence Project); RISE San Diego

  • Rich Paul

    Mediator, West Coast Resolution Group

    Former: Partner, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

    Boards/Community Involvement: Adjunct Professor of Employment Law at USD Law School; Editorial Review Board for the California Employment Law Letters; Past Chairman of the Board of The San Diego Blood Bank

  • Ted Roth

    President and Head of Investment Banking, ROTH Capital Partners, LLC

    Boards/Community Involvement: Board Member and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center; Board Member and Past Chairman of the San Diego Sports Commission; ; Past Chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the California Democratic Leadership Council; Former Member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Padres Baseball Team

  • Eric Sandy

    NCRC Mediator; NCRC Credential Program Evaluator; NCRC Hearing Officer; NCRC Lead Trainer; NCRC Credential Program Coach

    Former: Lieutenant, Community Services, City of Del Mar; President-Elect, ADR San Diego and Editor; Sociology Instructor, San Diego State University; Editor, California Lifeguard Magazine; ; West Coast Contributor, American Lifeguard Magazine; Instructor, Mediation International; Instructor, California Enforcement Officer Association; Port of San Diego, Employee Dispute Resolution Board

  • Jeff Silberman

    President and CEO, Carleton Management, Inc.

    Former: Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith

    Boards/Community Involvement: Past Chair-Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego; Past Chair-Francis Parker School; Past President-Congregation Beth Israel; Chair Elect-University of California San Diego Foundation; and President-Seacrest Holdings Corp

  • Steven R. Smith

    Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Emeritus, California Western School of Law

    Boards/Community Involvement: Past Chair, American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; Past Chair, San Diego Foundation; ; Director, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program; and Board of Directors, Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program

  • Paul Vaden

    Corporate Consultant; Keynote Speaker; Founder, Answer the Bell, Inc.

    Boards/Community Involvement: Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Chapter Board President; Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

  • Pedro Villegas

    Former: Director of Community Relations, SDG&E, SDG&E Regional Public Affairs Director; SDG&E and Southern California Gas Company Manager of Regulator Relations; Research Associate, Pacific Counsel at the University of California San Diego Center for U.S. -Mexico

    Boards/Community Involvement: The San Diego Foundation