board of directors

The Downtown San Diego Partnership Board of Directors is made up of committed community and civic leaders with a shared passion for advancing the economic prosperity and cultural vitality of DowntownThey help guide the strategic direction of the organization and serve as champions for Downtown’s unique urban neighborhoods 


Chanelle Hawken (Chair)

Cox Communications

James Lawson (Immediate Past Chair)

Presidio PAG, Inc.

Diana Puetz (Vice-Chair)

San Diego Padres

Phil Rath (Treasurer)

Rath Miller

Bill Sauls (Chief Legal Officer)

William H. Sauls, Attorney at Law

Michele Vives (Secretary)

Douglas Wilson Companies

Betsy Brennan (President & CEO)

Downtown San Diego Partnership

executive commitee

Craig Benedetto

California Strategies, LLC 

Whitney Benzian 

California Apartment Association  

Betsy Brennan  

(President & CEO) 

Downtown San Diego Partnership 

Michael Burton  

Flocke & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate  

Steve Cushman   

Cush Enterprises 

Natalie Dahl  


Perry Dealy  

Dealy Development, Inc. 

Brian Fish 


Jeff Forrest 

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP 

Marin Gertler 


Ashley Gosal  

BOSA Development  

Howard Greenberg 

Trilogy Real Estate Management  

Chanelle Hawken  


Cox Communications 

Keith B. Jones  

Ace Parking

John LaRaia 

H.G. Fenton Company 

James Lawson  

(Immediate Past Chair)  

Presidio PAG, Inc. 

Mero Marmé 

Dentons US LLP 

Monica Montano 

Scripps Health

Justine Nielsen  


Sumeet Parekh  

HP Investors, LLC 

Diana Puetz 

(Vice Chair) 

San Diego Padres 

Phil Rath  


Rath Public Affairs 

Daniel Reeves

Juniper Strategic Advisory


Krista Torquato 

Bank of America  


Shawn VanDiver 

Deloitte Services LP 


Ray Varela 

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE 

Michele Vives 


Douglas Wilson Companies  

Martine Zettle 

Turner Construction  

Rick Gentry  

San Diego Housing Commission 

Bill Sauls  

(Chief Legal Officer) 

William H. Sauls, Attorney at Law 

Jim Dawe  


See the full 2021-2022 Board of Directors