Meet the WDC

2024
Team

The staff and board of World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024 are unified by our shared values of

community
,
connection
Connection
,
collaboration
and
celebration
.

With deep roots throughout the San Diego Tijuana region and longstanding connections to the design community, we all work together to advance the mission of WDC 2024: to design a better future.

WDC 2024 Staff:

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Laura E. Araujo

Chief International Affairs Officer

Maria Fernanda Currea

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Gaela Fernandez Florin

Chief Advancement Officer

Joanna Salazar Harris

Chief Operating Officer

James White

Chief Programs Officer

Bill Anderson

Impact Study Lead

Diana Cervera

Community Program Manager

Miranda Diaz

Executive Coordinator

Maria Fernanda (Mafer)

Content Manager

Bill Fulton

Grant Strategy

Olivia Gale

DAN Program Manager

Patricia Hernandez

Development Manager

Jennifer Matton

Accountant

Ella Napata

Digital Manager

Victoria Plettner-Saunders

Grant Administrator

Juan Carlos Rivas

Community Engagement Manager

Andrew Scherr

Pavillion Manager

Sabrina Cheng

Intern

JoseMar Gonzalez

Graphic Designer

Lily Lopez

Copy Writer

Pedro Muñoz

Translator

Tania Valencia

Graphic Designer

Board of Directors:

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Mai Nguyen

Board Chair

Tad Parzen

Vice Chair

Jordi Morillo

Treasurer

Jonathon Glus

Secretary

Maritza Diaz

Board Member

Juan Manuel Gastelum Rivera

Board Member

Scott Robinson

Board Member

WDC Design Council Members:

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James Brown

Public Architecture, Bread & Salt, Friendship Park

JOSÉ MANUEL CRUZ

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RICARDO ÁLVAREZ CRUZ

Member

Patricia Cué

SD Design Week, Mingei International Museum

Arturo Elenes

Enigma Creative

Jorge Gracia

Gracia Studio, Escuela Libre de Arquitectura

Katie Hendrix

MillerKnoll

Christine Jones

City of San Diego

Taylor Leage

Consortium Holdings

MaeLin Levine

AIGA San Diego

Jennifer Luce

Luce et Studio

Don Norman

Retired

Elena Pacenti

New School of Architecture and Design

Scott Robinson

Fresh Form, DFA

Katalina Silva

Enigma Creative,Tijuana Design Week

David Woodhouse

Nissan Design America

Advisory Board:

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Mary Walshok

Honorary Chair, WDC 2024 Advisory Board, UC San Diego, Retired

John Alessio

Managing Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Lorenzo Berho

Founder and CEO, Vesta

Neville Billimoria

SVP, Marketing & Community Relations, Mission Fed Credit Union

Betsy Brennan

President & CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership

Mark Cafferty

Director and CEO, San Diego Regional EDC

Reid Carr

CEO & Executive Creative Director, Red Door Interactive

Carmen Cuenca

Executive Director, INSITE

Adriana Eguía

Regional Vice President, Vesta

Adolfo Fastlicht

CEO, The Lot

Fritz Friedman

Commissioner, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Martha Gilmer

Director, San Diego Symphony

Robert Gleason

CEO, Evans Hotels

Abe Hughes

Commissioner, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Kerri Kapich

Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Tourism Authority

Mario Lopez

Smart Border Coalition

Katy McDonald

Chief of Staff, San Diego Symphony

Eric Otterson

Chairman of the Board, Connect

Lorenza Fabre Vega

Latattore Foundation

Roxana Velásquez

Maruja Baldwin Executive Director and CEO, The San Diego Museum of Art

Kenia Zamarripa

Vice President, International & Public Affairs San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Our Partners