Here is a roster of the 13 candidates for the nine open seats in the 2017 election with biographical background from the candidates themselves, LinkedIn pages, websites, and other public databases:
Jason Broad is currently Vice President, Performance Excellence at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He has worked for the Sharp Healthcare system since 2003 and taught as an adjunct professor at USD’s Hahn School of Nursing.
Kate Callen is currently Senior Development Communications Writer at the National Conflict Resolution Center. She was previously a partner in the Cox & Associates Communications marketing firm and a speechwriter at the University of California.
Dionne Carlson (incumbent) is a past chair of NPPC’s Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks & Public Art Subcommittee, NPPC’s current liaison to the Adams Ave Business Assoc., managed an Industrial Design firm for many years, and now runs a specialty custom cabinetry business.
Kathleen Ferrier is currently Director of Advocacy for Circulate San Diego. She was previously Lead Project Consultant, Health Equity by Design for Walk San Diego, a Senior Planner at DeLorenzo Incorporated, and a Project Manager with Carter Reese & Associates.
Marc Gould is Vice president of Next Generation Investments, LLC. He is a developer of affordable housing.
Jonathan Herbert currently works in property management for H.G. Fenton Company. He has won two awards (2015 and 2011) from the San Diego County Apartment Association for his management of H.G. Fenton apartment complexes.
Peter Hill (incumbent) is a former corporate finance professional with over 10 years of volunteer experience serving North Park and the LGBT community in technical, board, and officer-level positions. He currently serves as Chair of the NPPC Urban Design & Project Review Subcommittee, and is incoming Chair of the Citizens’ Advisory Board for the North Park Maintenance Assessment District.
Megan Kucharski is a North Park homeowner. Her Twitter account includes a February 17 retweet of a Bike San Diego post, “Join Your Community Planning Group to Make San Diego a Better Place to Ride.”
Dang Nguyen (incumbent) is owner of Bar Pink and has served three terms on the NPPC board. A resident homeowner in University Heights, he is currently President of the San Diego Music Foundation, Vice President of the Spreckels Organ Society and representative of City Council District 3 to the Balboa Park Committee, as well as being involved with several civic organizations.
Tim Taylor recently retired from his position as Chief Policy Advisor, City Council District 9. He was previously a Council Representative for Council District 7, a Land Use and Environmental Planner for the County of San Diego, and a Project Manager for Velocitel.
Sasha Varone and her husband, Chris Varone, are co-founders and principals of Studio Varone Architecture, Inc., a full-service architectural firm headquartered in downtown San Diego.
Eduardo Velasquez is currently a Research Manager at San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. He previously worked at Wells Fargo Bank as VP/Economist and a Risk Management Consultant for CLG Credit Risk.
René Vidales (incumbent) is a Civil Engineer and sustainability professional with experience in both the private and public sectors. He has contributed in writing two local AEP award publications for the County of San Diego and has given presentations on North Park at two national conferences.