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 – 9:30 am.
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

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Events & Membership 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.

Time & Frequency: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Meeting. Click “Join” below to request meeting information.

Co-Chair: Chanelle Hawken, Cox Communications
Co-Chair: Margie Newman, Intesa Communications Group, LLC
Staff: Kaitlin Payne, Taylor Stahl

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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
Staff: Justin Apger, Aimee Newman

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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: Phil Rath, Rath Public Affairs
Staff: Justin Apger, Aimee Newman

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Homelessness Ad Hoc Committee

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
Location: Zoom Meeting. Click “Join” below to request meeting information.
Chair: Bill Geppert
Vice Chair: Steve Cushman
Staff: Alonso Vivas, Ketra Carter, Marshall Anderson

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Placemaking & Placebranding Committee

The Placemaking & Placebranding Committee will be responsible for shaping the Downtown San Diego 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.

Time & Frequency: Quarterly
Location: Varies

Chair: Nikki Clay, The Clay Company
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: Sumeet Parekh, HP Investors
Staff: Marshall Anderson, Betsy Brennan

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Commercial Enhancement Program Committee (CEP)

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

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