DWAYNE CRENSHAW
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Dwayne Crenshaw is a native San Diegan and lifelong resident of southeastern San Diego. His deep knowledge of San Diego’s neighborhoods and his community activism, which began at the age of thirteen, are invaluable in his role as a nonprofit and community leader. As CEO of RISE San Diego, Dwayne Crenshaw is responsible for the organization’s effective management and operation on a day-to-day basis. Read more.
TONY YOUNG
President & Co-Founder
Tony is a former president of the San Diego City Council. He authored the city’s first fair banking ordinance, as well as legislation to create the Gang Prevention and Intervention Commission and the small business contracting ordinance. As president of RISE San Diego, Tony is responsible for building strategic partnerships and advancing the organization’s community relations. Read more.
 
ANNAMARIE TILL
Partnerships Manager
Annamarie is a writer and copyeditor with nearly a decade of program management experience supporting the creation and development of community-based initiatives. Previously, she worked as a senior writer and research and shared learning manager at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.
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WILLY GLORIA
Special Events and Social Media Consultant
Willy oversees the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) AmeriCorps Program at MAAC where he engages adults in intensive community service work. He has been recognized nationally as AmeriCorps Member of the Year and recently as AmeriCorps Director of the Year.
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ROXANNE KYMAANI, Ph.D.
Leadership Development Consultant
Roxanne is a proven leader in the development and implementation of change initiatives in business and educational operations, including programs and people. She specializes in team effectiveness, dialogue, group problem solving, and community building, emphasizing communication, creativity, and discovery...
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MARK CAFFERTY
Board Chair
As president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Mark has been instrumental in creating a culture of collaboration, bringing together business, trade, and education, as well as community leaders, to cement the region as a key stakeholder in the global economy.
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AUDIE J. DE CASTRO
Board Member
Audie is a lawyer with over fifteen years of experience focusing on business disputes/litigation and sophisticated transactions. He is the founder of the firm de Castro, P.C. Attorneys & Counsel, located in downtown San Diego. With a practice of international business clients, the firm has an affiliate in Manila, Philippines.
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PAMELA GRAY PAYTON
Board Member
Pamela is the assistant vice president for digital and media communications at the University of San Diego. Appointed in 2003, she works closely with the university’s president, vice president of university relations, and other senior administrators to develop and implement strategies that advance the university’s mission by educating and...
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LISETTE O. ISLAS
Board Member
Lisette has more than fifteen years of experience in community development and philanthropic organizations. Currently, she is the director of partner and civic engagement at MAAC, a 50-year-old nonprofit that provides programs, services, and advocacy in the areas of health, education, workforce development, and housing...
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BEN KATZ
Board Member
Ben is a serial entrepreneur who is recognized as one of the top leaders in the software development industry with a unique approach to software development. He is the CEO and founder of JSX, Inc. In 2000, he began building contact management and government compliance software that allowed for real-time sharing of...
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CARLOS LEGERRETTE
Board Member
Carlos has been committed to service, equality, education, and social justice for nearly half a century. In the 1960s, he and his wife, Linda, joined Cesar Chavez in fighting for the rights of farmworkers. Decades later, they created the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs to honor the labor leader’s life and commitment to community service.
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NANCY SMITH
Board Secretary
Nancy has over thirty years of experience in the nonprofit sector providing technical assistance expertise in program, organizational, and resource development as well as program evaluation. With a broad base of experience that includes directorship of several nationwide technical assistance projects, serving as...
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PEDRO VILLEGAS
Board Member
Pedro is the director of regional public affairs and interim director of communications for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fortune 500 company Sempra Energy, which is based in San Diego. He is responsible for SDG&E’s relations with local governments and special districts...
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