Chris Kato

Stephen oversees programs, policy research, communications and fundraising for Equinox Center. He has close to a decade of experience working in public affairs. Prior to Joining Equinox Center, Stephen was Communications Director for Councilmember David Alvarez’s mayoral campaign, worked for Jamie Ortiz Communications supporting business and nonprofit marketing efforts and was a policy advisor to San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner. In the community, he’s served on Equinox Center’s Leaders 2020 Steering Committee and the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of directors, as well as volunteering with a number of local environmental organizations and non-partisan political campaigns. He’s a graduate of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, New Leaders Council fellowship and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University.

JOCELYN MAGGARD - Program Administrator

Michael Biediger

Jocelyn supports the managing director with day-to-day operations, including events, programs, policy, communications, administration, and finance. Prior to joining Equinox Center’s staff, she worked as the scheduler for the Fletcher for Mayor campaign and as a freelance writer and journalist, covering a variety of public policy issues. She also served on Equinox Center’s Leaders 2020 steering committee for the last two years. Jocelyn’s enthusiasm for civic engagement began in college at Point Loma Nazarene University, where she earned her B.A in English. She is a proud Southern California native.

External Support Team


Lani Lutar is president of Responsible Solutions, LLC, a public affairs firm specializing in coalition building, government relations and community engagement. She has more than a decade of experience in strategic marketing, public policy analysis, business development and media relations.   Lutar serves as Special Advisor for the Equinox Center, providing support in the areas of public policy research and advocacy, development and special projects.  She earned a Master of Pacific International Affairs degree from the University of California, San Diego and graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University with a BA in Psychology.


Tony ManolatosMr. Forrester is a licensed CPA providing accounting, advisory and tax services to clients in San Diego County for the past 30 years.  The majority of his practice relates to non-profit organizations.  He frequently makes presentations at board of director and committee meetings regarding budgets, cash flows, fund raising and the financial health of his client organizations. He has a working understanding of FASB Statements 116 and 117 as well as GAAP for not for profit organizations to insure compliance with all relevant accounting standards for non-profit organizations. In addition to his CPA license, Mr. Forrester has a master’s degree in finance from Los Angeles State University.



Tony ManolatosTony Manolatos is president of By George Strategies, LLC. He is an experienced communications strategist specializing in media relations, crisis communications, executive media training, community engagement, government affairs, public policy analysis and project management. Manolatos has more than 15 years experience and has a unique blend of public policy/political skills and journalism that shapes the planning of effective and creative strategies. He most recently served as Communications Director for the Faulconer for Mayor campaign during the primary election in 2013, and for the Stop the Jobs Tax campaign in 2014. The Faulconer campaign won the Twitter race during the primary, and polls showed for every one voter who learned about Kevin Faulconer from paid voter contact, two learned about him through earned media. Mayor Faulconer’s convincing 13-point lead to open up Election Night can be traced back to the work done during the primary to introduce him to San Diego and brand him as a collaborative problem solver and effective leader.


John C. O'NeillJohn C. O'Neill's practice emphasizes business transactions, commercial contracts, corporate/venture formations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity offerings, financing, equity compensation, corporate governance and commercial leasing. His clients include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, e-commerce business, non-profit corporations and service businesses. Mr. O'Neill provides pro bono legal services to a number of non-profit organizations including the San Diego Humane Society and S.P.C.A., the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the Poway Unified School District, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and the National Conflict Resolution Center. He received his LLM and JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.



Rozanna ZaneRozanna Zane is the lead Event planner of Affairz Event Consulting. Rozanna launched Affairz Event Consulting in 2003 in San Diego, under the parent company PAC Management and Consulting, inc., serving all of Southern California and has since expanded the business to include coast to coast service. Prior to starting Affairz Event Consulting, Rozanna was the Supply Chain Manager for Carttronics, LLC. (San Diego), Warehouse Manager for Pioneer Van and Storage (El Centro) and a dispatcher for Mayflower Moving Company (San Diego). Rozanna is a graduate of Cal State University San Marcos, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ High Tech Management. Rozanna, a native Californian, lives in Rancho Penasquitos with her husband and two sons.