Leaders 2020 Steering Committee
Sarah Dawe is a native San Diegan and licensed California attorney. Sarah is currently a Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer where she works on various issues including women's health, healthcare, and the judiciary. Sarah attended Seattle University School of Law where she worked for two years as a research assistant to an environmental justice professor. She also volunteered in her school's legal clinic where she helped clients appeal Medicaid funding denials for surgical procedures. Before law school, Sarah worked as a contributing writer and editorial assistant for Seattle Magazine and for San Diego public relations firm Southwest Strategies. Sarah graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in History and a minor in American Ethnic Studies. In addition to her work with Leaders 2020, Sarah is particularly involved with Women Give San Diego as co-chair of the group's Advocacy Team and as a member of Francis Parker School's Alumni Council. In her free time, Sarah especially enjoys reading, hiking, and yoga.
Kyle is an Associate at LaSalle Investment Management, where he manages commercial real estate investments for institutional investors. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies with an emphasis in politics and socioeconomics from UC Santa Barbara and an International Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego with a focus on entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. While pursuing his MBA, Kyle traveled to Uganda and assisted a rural non-profit organization in planning a children’s hospital by developing businesses that would subsidize the hospital’s operations. He also worked with CleanTECH San Diego to defeat proposed legislation designed to stall the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).
Stephen represents Councilmember Sherri Lightner, City Council Distric 1, in the Black Mountain Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos and Torrey Highlands communities and assists her on the Natural Resources and Culture Committee. Prior to working for Council District One, Stephen completed an internship in the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department and worked on local and national political campaigns. He also spent many years volunteering for local community groups. Stephen has a B.S. in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University.
Having traveled and lived internationally as well as throughout the United States, Georgette brings a diverse background from various industries and markets. She has great enthusiasm for regional and community development, technology, green energy, education and public policy and a strong passion for the new age of digital marketing, Web PR 2.0 and social media development. In 2003 Georgette moved to Cyprus where she began university studies. In 2005, Georgette transferred to the University of Indianapolis to complete her last two years of university, graduating in 2007 with a B.S. in Communications, emphasis Public Relations, and a Minor in Marketing. Georgette feels that building and investing in one's community is important and has volunteered with several non-profits. Georgette was previously a member of Tulsa's Young Professionals (TyPros) serving on both the Downtown Redevelopment Committee and Events Committee. Georgette also served on the Communications Committee for the Child Abuse Network and served as a board intern for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Upon her return to Sacramento in 2010, Georgette joined the Public Relations Committee for Sacramento MetroEDGE before moving to San Diego in the Spring of 2011.
Pauline Ma is a learning & development coordinator at Encore Capital Group. She is responsible for developing and administering training courses to ensure internal employees stay current with compliance and regulatory issues related to debt management. Previously, Ma was a program manager at CleanTECH San Diego. She supported member events and programs including the Thought Leadership Series, Capital & Resources' SCRUB program and CleanTECH Showcase. She also serves on San Diego State University's College of Extended Studies Green Advisory Board and on Point Loma Nazarene University's OSV Advisory Council. Ma graduated from UC Berkeley with double bachelors' degrees in political economy and legal studies. Her specialties include marketing, branding, event organization, client management and program development. Her interests include start-ups, sustainability, civic engagement, swimming, pilates, good food and travel.
Jocelyn joined the Leaders 2020 Steering Committee in July 2012. She moved to San Diego in 2006 to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. Jocelyn has worked in journalism, communications, and political campaigns, and she is currently an administrative assistant at The West Health Institute. Jocelyn joined Leaders 2020 because she values civic engagement and the future of San Diego. Outside of work and Leaders 2020, Jocelyn enjoys water sports, reading, dancing, and running through Balboa Park.
Chandler is the Director of Trade, Border and Community Programs at the Institute of the Americas, a public policy think tank that engages Western Hemisphere nations in advancing policies that foster economic development. In her professional and civic roles, she has worked on a range of for-profit, non-profit, academic and governmental initiatives to promote economic development, facilitate environmentally and socially responsible practices and encourage cross-border collaboration. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an International MBA from the University of San Diego and a Master’s in Marketing from the EGADE Business School at Tec de Monterrey-Mexico City.
After being born and raised in northern San Diego County, Sterling attended Point Loma Nazarene University. While there, he spent a semester at American University in Washington D.C. - studying American politics, a summer in Guadalajara, Mexico – studying Mexican language and culture, and spent many summers in Northern California -- working with his brother’s construction company. In addition to his academic studies, Sterling enjoyed three internships, one fellowship, and multiple leadership capacities in PLNU organizations. Post graduation, Sterling spent over a year with the San Diego office of California Strategies, LLC, as a Policy Associate. The full service government relations firm afforded Sterling the opportunity to work closely with policies that govern the region, while providing strategic consulting and policy support for a wide range of clientele. With a desire to work in public service, and the blessing of the California Strategies team, Sterling acquired a position in the District Office of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, and California’s 75th Assembly District. As a District Representative, he currently works as a member of Team Fletcher to identify public problems and bring innovative solutions, while building a coalition of support to get things done. When not working, he enjoys a multitude of outdoor activities, music, and time with his family and friends.
Anthony (Tony) Mendiola, native of Ohio, grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego High School. He competed a Master’s degree in City Planning from San Diego State University in 2012. He is particularly interested in community development and neighborhood revitalization, public space, New Urbanism, Transit Oriented Development, and sustainability. As an undergraduate, Anthony studied International Security and Conflict Resolution, also at San Diego State, inspired by a childhood visit to Washington, D.C. that sparked a long-standing interest in public policy and international affairs. A seasoned traveler, Anthony has taught English as a Second Language in Mexico, as well as Spain and Italy. Anthony’s professional experience also includes working as an immigration officer for three years and working in the cities of Vista and Chula Vista on downtown economic development strategies.