Members have the opportunity to engage with a variety of committees dedicated to bolstering Downtown San Diego. Whether your interest lies in public policy, placemaking, or events, we have a platform for you to share your ideas to shape the future of our community.

Until further notice, all DSDP committee meetings will be held virtually. If you are a member and would like to be added to the email list and digital invitations for these committees, please click the appropriate “Join” button below to be connected to the appropriate DSDP staff. 


Downtown Planning & Public Policy Committee

This group monitors and advocates on public policy issues affecting the design, development, and economic health of Downtown San Diego and provides direction to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors on all matters under consideration by the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

Time & Frequency: 2nd Thursday of the month, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

2021 dates:

  • January 14, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • February 11, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • March 11, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • April 8, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • May 13, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • June 10, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • July 8, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • August DARK
  • September 9, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • October 14, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • November 18, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (note: moved in observance of Veteran’s Day)
  • December 9, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Location: Zoom Meeting. Click “Join” below to request meeting information.

Co-Chair: Brian Fish, Buchalter
Co-Chair: Daniel Reeves, Juniper Strategic Advisors
Staff: Marshall Anderson & Rebecca Rybczyk

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Membership & Events Committee

This group is focused on ensuring that we have a comprehensive membership program offering the right mix of events, benefits, and value to retain and attract new members, so we can successfully grow our organization and deliver on our mission. View the Committee Charter, here.

Time & Frequency: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2021 dates:

  • January 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • February 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • March 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • April 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
  • May 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • June 9, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • July 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • August DARK
  • September 8, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • October 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • November 1o, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • December DARK

Location: Zoom Meeting. Click “Join” below to request meeting information.

Chair: Margie Newman, Intesa Communications Group, LLC
Vice Chair: Angela Merrill Yon, Boretto + Merrill Consulting
Staff: Kaitlin Payne & Kathryn Newstead

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Finance & Budget Committee

This group is responsible for reviewing and providing guidance for the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s financial matters. Specifically, the committee reviews and assures internal controls processes and financial analysis for the organization. Primary focus points are as follows: maintaining accurate and complete financial records, preparing and presenting accurate, timely and meaningful financial statements to the board, helping the board understand the organization’s finances, budgeting and anticipating financial problems, safeguarding the organization’s assets, and complying with federal, state and other reporting requirements.

Time & Frequency: Quarterly and during budget season (more frequently from January – March)
Location: Zoom Meeting. Click “Join” below to request meeting information.

Chair: Phil Rath, Rath Public Affairs
Vice Chair: Steve Cushman, Cush Enterprises
Staff: Justin Apger & Terri Johnson

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Audit Committee

This group is responsible for the review and approval of the annual audit. A critical function of the audit committee is to oversee the organization’s internal controls and risk-management procedures. The audit committee becomes an extension of the board to assure that proper financial management is in place. To carry out that function, the audit committee will meet with both management and the nonprofit’s auditors to gain an understanding of any risks or exposures facing the organization.

Time & Frequency: Annually (November)
Location: DSDP Office – 401 B Street, Suite 100 SD, CA 92101

Chair: Michael Friedman, LevitZacks
Vice Chair: Keith B. Jones, Ace Parking
Staff: Justin Apger & Terri Johnson

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Committee on Downtown Homelessness

This committee meets on an as-needed basis to brainstorm different advocacy and philanthropic avenues that can be used to address the homeless population in San Diego.

Time & Frequency: Quarterly

Upcoming meeting:

July 21

April 14, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Location: Zoom Meeting. Click “Join” below to request meeting information.

Chair: Steve Cushman, Cush Enterprises
Vice Chair: Bill Geppert, The Geppert Foundation
Staff: Alonso Vivas & Ketra Carter & Marshall Anderson

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Placemaking Committee

The Placemaking Committee will be tasked with implementing the recently adopted Placemaking Blueprint, the Partnership’s long-term public space strategy to deliver vibrant and memorable public spaces. Downtown’s public spaces – our streets, pathways, squares, parks, and waterfront – are where we connect with the city and with each other to engage in commerce, express our creativity, and build community. View the Committee Charter, here.

Time & Frequency: Quarterly

Upcoming meeting:

  • May 19, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom Meeting. Click “Join” below to request meeting information.

Chair: Michele Vives, Douglas Wilson Companies
Vice Chair: Stacey Lankford Pennington, SLP Urban Planning
Staff: Sean Warner & Sarah Brothers

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Political Action Committee (PAC)

Voluntary non-partisan political action committee with a focus on candidates and initiatives that further the Partnership’s mission to promote an economically prosperous and culturally vibrant urban center. The Downtown San Diego Partnership PAC supports ballot initiatives and legislative champions that will prioritize economic development, reduce homelessness, and market Downtown to attract, connect, and retain talent.

Time & Frequency: Monthly, or as needed
Location: DSDP Office – 401 B Street, Suite 100 SD, CA 92101

Chair: James Lawson, Presidio Public Affairs Group 
Staff: Betsy Brennan

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Commercial Enhancement Program (CEP)

Time & Frequency: Quarterly, or as needed
Location: Virtual Meeting
Chair: Jason Wood, Cisterra Development
Staff: Alex Gutierrez

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