Elected members serve as public officials for a two-year term. Elections are held annually. They year in parentheses is the year the elected official’s term expires.
Resident – Owner: Judy Radke (2017)
Judy is currently serving her second term on the DCPC representing Columbia neighborhood residents. She is originally from Detroit and lived in Chicago and Houston before moving to San Diego in 1999. With a background in nursing she has a Master of Science in Anesthesia and a certificate in Public Health Nursing. She worked as an anesthesia provider before moving to working with the homeless population in free clinics and as Family Nurse for a large homeless shelter.
Since 2000 Judy has been a member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation whose mission is to educate and inspire women to engage in significant philanthropy to strengthen the San Diego region. She served as a tutor for girls in Juvenile Hall as well as on the United Way Vision Council for Child Abuse and Neglect. She is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) with Voices for Children, advocating for foster children in the courtroom, classroom and community.
Judy enjoys daily walks around downtown, boat rides on the Bay, and easy access to the arts and great restaurants. She looks forward to the day when San Diego’s homeless have somewhere to sleep other than the streets. She serves on the Elections Subcommittee, Social Issues subcommittee, and on the CUP/NUP Review Subcommittee.
Resident: JD Wessling (2018)
JD is a native of Iowa who was educated at St. Louis University and began his working career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in St. Louis. His career in financial management took him from St. Louis to Los Angeles and finally to Seattle. After 12 years with a natural gas utility headquartered in Seattle, he retired as CFO in 2005. Retirement provided the opportunity for JD and his wife Linda to join the Peace Corps and serve in the Republic of Moldova as community development volunteers. In 2013, after 19 years in Seattle, they made the decision to move to downtown San Diego.
In addition to his extensive financial experience, JD served on the board of The Pike Place Market Foundation, was a member of the Sound Transit Oversight Committee, was a board member of the King County Governance Org., volunteered with Washington Retired Executives Association, and currently serves as board treasurer of his San Diego HOA.
JD’s leisure time is spent playing tennis, riding his bicycle, reading, and travel.
Subcommittees: Budget/Finance, Preliminary Design
Business Representative: VACANT
Business Representative: Cameron Gharabiklou (2018)
Cameron Gharabiklou is a long time business owner downtown, and former resident. He is the founder/principal at the Justice Law Group, a full service law firm. In addition to operating his business downtown, Cameron has been active with the San Diego/Imperial County chapter of the American Red Cross, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association and the Normal Heights Community Association. Cameron has been a resident of San Diego since 2003 and attended the University of San Diego, School of Law. He joined the DCPC in 2016.
Business Representative: Lindsay King (2018)
Lindsay King has been a member of the DCPC since moving to San Diego in 2010 and is actively involved with the Pre-Design Sub-Committee. Lindsay received her Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida and Master of Architecture Degree from UCLA. Lindsay has worked in the field of architecture & development for the past 10+ years in cities including Milwaukee, Los Angeles and San Diego. She currently works as a Project Manager at Alcorn & Benton Architects in La Jolla.
As an owner of a Cortez Hill investment property Lindsay is interested in the long-term growth and development of Downtown San Diego. In hopes of making Downtown more family friendly, Lindsay often requests that developers consider 3 bedroom residential units, parking and green space. Lindsay enjoys spending her free time with her husband, 1 year old daughter and dog – they can often be found enjoying all the great outdoor activities that San Diego has to offer.
Subcommittee: Preliminary Design
Resident – Owner: Dan Wery, AICP, LEED-AP (2018)
A resident of downtown for the past 11 years, Dan is eager to share his over 20 years of broad professional planning experience to improve the quality of life, use and operation of our built environment downtown.
- Proudly serving as DCPC member since June 2013
- Downtown resident for 11 years
- Committed to improving our quality of life and economy through a complete, sustainable and healthy built environment.
- Focused on ensuring new development contributes to a safe, attractive public realm and enduring value.
- Dedicated to improving our standards and processes to attract and guide development to meet community goals.
- Professional Planner for over 20 years:
- Consultant to Cities, Counties and Developers
- Policy and Ordinance Development
- Development Project Review and Approvals
- Comprehensive Plans
- Design Guidelines
- Environmental Regulations
- Hundreds of development project reviews and public meetings
- Active in many professional organizations and committees:
- Past Director San Diego American Planning Association (SDAPA)
- SANDAG Regional Plan Public Health Stakeholders Group
- Complete Streets Task Force – SDAPA/Walk San Diego
- ULI Smart Growth Awards Committee
- City of SD Technical Advisory Committee
- City of SD Code Monitoring Team
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Subcommittees: Preliminary Design, Public Spaces
Resident: Kay DiFrancesca (2018)
I have lived in San Diego since 1972 and have been a resident and owner in Cortez Hill since January 2002. I have worked in San Diego as a forensic psychologist for 42 years. I have served on local, state and national committees and local boards that serve the homeless and the mentally ill.
In cooperation with the other elected DCPC members from Cortez Hill, my goal is in represent the needs and concerns of the residents in Cortez Hill and work in concert with all board members for the benefit of all of downtown.
Subcommittees: Budget/Finance, Public Spaces
Business Representative: Pat Stark (2017)
Pat Stark is a 30-plus year veteran of the construction industry. He grew up in Pacific Beach and La Jolla, and is currently living in Lakeside. With Roel Construction Company he was involved in many downtown projects including Petco Park, Salvation Army Silvercrest, Hilton Gaslamp, Renaissance Condominiums, and a variety of tenant improvements. He is a member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. His background in construction project management led him to the DCPC. As the owner of an East Village condo he is interested in the ongoing development of downtown as a regional economic engine and international urban center and attraction. He is currently Chair, and sits on the Preliminary Design Subcommittee, and is Chair of the Budget/Finance Subcommittee.
Business Representative: Andrea Ferentz Vinci (2017)
Andrea Ferentz is a 13 year San Diego resident and currently serves as the Transaction and Project Manager for H.G. Fenton Company. Andrea has over 8 years of real estate experience with expertise in the development and management of retail, multi-family, and mixed use projects. Through her experience working on projects in downtown San Diego, Atlanta, and Houston, Andrea developed a passion for urban redevelopment, most recently with the completion of the new East Village multi-family project, Urbana. As an East Village representative for H.G. Fenton Company and a resident of the East Village, she is particularly interested in the future growth and redevelopment of the East Village neighborhood.
Subcommittees: Budget/Finance, CUP/NUP Review
Resident Owner: Claudia Escala (2017)
Claudia Escala got elected to represent East Village resident owners in 2013. With a degree in architecture she currently sits as Chair on the Preliminary Design Subcommittee, is on the Public Spaces Subcommittee, and the Social Issues Subcommittee.
A native of Lima-Peru, she moved to San Diego in 1992 to pursue a Master in Architecture from the University of California, San Diego. Since 1994 she has worked in downtown and has been responsible for the design and project development through construction administration of various mixed used projects throughout downtown.
Witnessing the multifamily housing boom that brought many people to seek urban living, in 2005 with her husband and two young children they decided to make the move from the suburbs and bought a condo in East Village. At the time they joined only three other families with young children in a building with 230 units. Since then things have changed and more families have enjoyed living downtown, but Claudia has seen, first hand, neighbors leave when their kids reach school age. For this reason she joined DCPC to be a voice for families with young children who wish to live in a neighborhood that also offers great school choices from pre-K to high school. Anticipating her kids growing as teens in downtown and as they seek more independence Claudia is also particularly interested in issues of safety and homelessness.
With a passion for all things outdoors you can always find her with her family exploring the neighborhood on their bikes, scooters or roller blades. At the top of Claudia’s list is also to contribute to making downtown a more pedestrian and bike friendly place with ample open space for recreation. As part of recreational opportunities, she supports bringing back artistic locales that were present in East Village prior to the multifamily development. She also welcomes new creative cultural venues, which will result in the enrichment of the arts and culture of the neighborhood she represents.
Claudia currently works as a Project Manager at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. She continues to be deeply involved in many residential projects downtown and recently expanded her experience into corporate architecture by working as Project Architect on the New Sempra Energy Headquarters currently under construction in East Village.
Pre-Design Subcommittee Chair, Public Spaces Subcommittee
Resident: Alex Ward (2017)
Alex Ward is serving his first term on the DCPC. Alex’s background is in community finance and real estate development. Currently, he works for a local business improvement district. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Geography and received a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University with a focus on neighborhood development. His interests include retrofitting/reuse, placemaking, & safer streets. He currently sits on the Budget/Finance Subcommittee, and the Communications Subcommittee.
Hailing from Atlanta, Alex moved to San Diego by way of the Northeast citing the perfect weather, great urbanism, and amazing food and craft beer as the top reasons for relocating. He lives in the East Village with his husband and dog. He enjoys spending his free time hiking, cooking, and taking pictures.
Subcommittees: Budget/Finance, Communications, Public Spaces
East Village – North
Resident – Owner: Bob Link (2018)
East Village – South
Business Representative: Robert Weichelt (2018)
Since 1986, Robert has served in virtually every capacity of the Real Estate industry – as a Title Account Executive, Mortgage Banker, and Real Estate Broker.
Robert Weichelt ~ Broker / CEO of Weichelt Real Estate Services, is your partner in San Diego Real Estate. Robert prides himself on his knowledge, honesty and professionalism. He is highly motivated with the goal of providing the best service available in the industry as well as a Board of Director for the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS, as well as various committee work such as YPN & RPAC.
Robert is active in his community, holding Board of Director’s positions with the East Village Residents Group “EVRG” where he serves as Vice President and East Village Association “EVA”. He is also an active elected member of the Downtown Community Planning Council “DCPC” & Downtown Parking Management Group “DPMG”. You can see Robert on TV as a Real Estate Expert on Cox channel 4 on the American Dream as well as on the radio, KCBQ 1170AM.
Robert and his wife Carla have been married since 1990, both born and raised here in beautiful San Diego, and have two children, a daughter Brittney and son Brandon.
Subcommittees: Budget/Finance, Public Spaces, Elections/Bylaws
Gaslamp – Horton:
Business/Investment Property Owner Representative: Cynthia Blair (2018)
Cindy Blair, AIA, LEED AP and Urban Project Services principal, is a downtown resident and business owner in the Marina District since 1982. Cindy has served on DCPC since 2010. A licensed professional architect and LEED acredited professional, she has worked in the architectural and development industry for 35 years, including many aspects in the commercial area but particularly urban mixed use, retail, and university projects. Owner/operators of Kansas City Barbeque, she and her husband enjoy walking the downtown and waterfront area, partaking of the great variety of downtown restaurants and businesses.
Cindy currently sits on the Preliminary Design Subcommittee, Budget/Finance Subcommittee, is Chair of the Public Spaces Subcommittee and the CUP/NUP Review Subcommittee.
Resident*: Figaro Nauta (2017)
Figaro Miguel Nauta is an international sales representative for Tulip Medical Products, a local medical product development company. He is a San Diego native and Gaslamp resident for over 20 years, though he has lived in Colorado, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, and Baltimore. Figaro has experience in the hospitality industry while at the University of San Diego and a downtown community organization in Baltimore. Well traveled, Figaro developed a world perspective on life, business, and social issues. He knows both residents and businesses need each other to thrive. Figaro’s focus is to represent Gaslamp residents and ensure their needs are considered and their rights are protected.
Figaro currently sits on the Public Spaces, Elections/Bylaws and Social Issues Subcommittees.
Business Representative: Kimberly Brewer (2017)
Kimberly Brewer is the Vice President of Development for Westfield LLC. Westfield is the owner of Horton Plaza as well as five other large shopping centers in San Diego. Kim has been with Westfield for eighteen years and has been in San Diego for the last five working on development opportunities for Horton as well as North County in Escondido. Prior to moving to San Diego Kim lived in Los Angeles where Westfield has their corporate headquarters for the United states and worked on very large redevelopments in LA and previous to that she was on the management side of the company. Kim holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of San Diego. She currently is on the Horton Theater Foundation Board as well as the Downtown San Diego Partnership Board. Since moving back to San Diego she has been a resident of downtown and in her free time loves to travel and is on a competing sailing team in San Diego Bay. She has held the Horton business seat for several years and sits on the Public Spaces Subcommittee
Business Representative: Luke Vinci (2017)
Luke was an original founder and COO of the American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI). He also has extensive experience in managing political campaigns across the state of California. Currently, Luke serves as an advisory member to various organizations and is the Honorary Mayor of Little Italy in San Diego. Luke also operates as a public servant and has served for 8 years in his elected seat to the Center City Advisory Committee (CCAC), a community organization that works to advance the growth and redevelopment of downtown San Diego by providing a link among citizens, the CCDC, the City Council and Redevelopment Agency now known as the Downtown Community Planning Council (DCPC). April of 2013 Luke was named to San Diego’s young influential list. Luke is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and currently resides in San Diego.
Subcommittees: Preliminary Design, Budget/Finance, Public Spaces, CUP/NUP Review
Resident – Owner: Bill Orabone (2017)
Bill Orabone has made San Diego his home after living all over the U.S. Now retired, Bill was a very successful serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor whose companies created thousands of new jobs. Bill graduated from Purdue University with a degree in chemical engineering. He has worked with Governors, US and State Representatives, Mayors and other elected officials as well as sitting on numerous corporate, not for profit and community boards and is currently on the San Diego Downtown Residents Group board.
With some projections of the downtown area virtually tripling over the next 15 years, thoughtful and intelligent planning and effective use of our resources is needed. Bill’s experience in other areas of the country will bring San Diego solutions which help make San Diego a leader and not merely a follower.
Bill and his wife Jeni live at Breeza in Little Italy and have two daughters – Koryn who is a senior at SDSU and Ellen who runs a teaching garden in Austin, Texas.
Subcommittees: Elections Subcommittee Chair, Social Issues, Communications
Resident: Tom Cervello (2018)
Originally from Youngstown Ohio, Tom Cervello has lived in Southern California for over two decades and has been an active member of the Little Italy San Diego community for 7 years. He is licensed Realtor® at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties with over 10 years of experience in residential real estate, spanning from Los Angeles and Orange County to San Diego. A Little Italy Association Board Member serving on several committees, he is a devoted representative on behalf of its members and his neighbors’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion, and economic development while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the neighborhood. He is an active participant and advocate for a number of community, charitable and non- profit organizations.
Social Issues Subcommittee
Business Representative: Michael Rosenbaum (2017)
An elementary school ‘Mathlete’ and student of Gematria, Michael has always been fascinated with the power of math and numbers. He grew up in the Chicago Suburbs as the son of a Realtor riding along with buyers showing property and serving as the de facto tech support for his mom’s Real estate office. This period of dramatic change in technology during the late 80’s and early 90’s gave Michael a rich understanding of the personalities, lifestyle and marketing needs for agents and their clients.
Prior to beginning his mortgage loan origination career, Michael moved to San Diego in late 1999 and immediately began work in the booming dot-com environment. He provided technology leadership and development while consulting at some of the largest mortgage and related vendor institutions including Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, RELS, and First American Title Corporation amongst others. Moving to the Realtor vertical, Michael began consulting with agents and assisting with technology solutions enhancing online and offline marketing.
In 2006, Michael earned his license and began originating mortgage loans. Almost immediately after entering the industry, the market began its crash. Building a career, client base and team in one of the toughest housing markets and with a tight credit market has allowed Michael to bring a new streamlined, professional and secure approach to lending relying on the traditional values of trust and leveraging key relationships to grow. Doubling his loan sales production each year of his career, Michael has made himself a top producer and is now recognized among the most respected, visible and reputable mortgage lenders in San Diego.
In 2012, Michael and his team opened their boutique mortgage office located in the TR Office building, directly across from Petco Park in the East Village of Downtown San Diego before moving to a larger space at the historic Marina District ‘Royster Building’ in 2014.
Michael’s mastery of mortgage lending and perspective are sought regularly by media as he has been quoted over the past few years in articles published by Reuters, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, MSN Real Estate, Deseret Times and others. He consistently ranks among the top reviewed mortgage lenders in San Diego on Yelp while having similar visibility and placement in Google, Yahoo and other key web search engines.
Michael is committed to contributing to change through community participation and involvement. He has two young children and lives in Downtown San Diego Marina District. He previously lived in Little Italy having been elected to serve that community on the San Diego Downtown Community Planning Council (DCPC). He is a co-founder of Kavod Elementary Charter School and an advocate for Charter School Development and education. Michael also is an active participant in the San Diego real estate community; a previous elected Committee member of the Downtown San Diego Realtor Caravan, and manages their website and social media, performing similar volunteer work for the METRO San Diego Realtor Caravan and Coronado Real Estate Association.
Michael currently sits on the Public Spaces Subcommittee, Elections/Bylaws Subcommittee and is Chair of the Communications Subcommittee.
Residential Owner: Deb Herscovitz (2018)
They say find out what your passion is and do it! My passion IS real estate…….and finally after an extensive career selling in the high tech industry of Silicon Valley I’m finally doing what I always wanted to do. Having been born and raised on the East Coast (a great place to be from!) I ventured West following friends and the good weather to Northern California where I spent 28 years honing my sales skills in the semiconductor industry. A move in 2002 to even better weather and California’s second largest city, San Diego, I’m pursuing my second career and my dream……..I became a Realtor. Downtown San Diego is where I live, work and play……where else can you work, dine, shop, play (sports, boating, etc.) and never have to get in your car? This is such a vibrant city, still in its infant stages of growth and it’s wonderful to be part of such a captivating place! I’m looking forward to being on this committee and being involved in the Downtown communities and their future.
Public Spaces Subcommittee
Resident: Ann Potter
I am a full time, Owner Resident Occupant, who has lived in the Marina District for 5 years. I live in the Atria complex and serve on the HOA Board. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by profession and value public service and public engagement.
Social Issues Subcommittee, Public Spaces Subcommittee
At Large: Jon Baker, FAIA, LEED AP (2016)
Mr. Baker is an architect and partner with the BakerNowicki Design Studio located at 731 Ninth Avenue, downtown. Specializing in the design of educational & civic facilities Jon’s professional experience covers 30+ years of professional practice. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, holds an NCARB certificate with licenses to practice architecture in 10 states and is a Fellow with the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Baker has lived in San Diego for 35 years and has been an active participant on numerous community, civic and professional organizations and boards over the years. Currently he is president of the California Architects Board as a Governor appointee overseeing the licensing of California architects and is Regional Chair for the Western Council of Architectural Registration Boards covering 12 Western states. He is an active member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Planning & Public Policy Committee.
Preliminary Design Subcommittee, Public Spaces Subcommittee
Civic Organization: James Lawson (2017) – Downtown Partnership
James currently sits on the Elections/Bylaws, Communications Subcommittees and is Chair of the CUP/NUP Review Subcommittee.
Civic Organization: L.C. Cline (2017)
Living in Downtown the past 10 years, I have made it a point to get involved with the community and stay informed as the city changes and develops. My real estate career began in 2010, so working for Willis Allen Real Estate is quite an honor. With an extensive background in marketing and finance I felt confident to work along side some our local industry’s veteran elite. Serving on the Downtown Real Estate Caravan Committee has become a cornerstone of what I believed to be an important part of my growth and success in this business. I have built some great working relationships, and you become good friends with people who inspire and support you. I also serve on the Downtown San Diego Partnership PBID committee for Clean & Safe and I’m a member of Friends of Downtown. When I’m not working with clients or exploring the ‘mysteries’ of Paragon, I spend my ‘down time’ with my dogs Rosie & Puck or watching a Padres game.
L.C. currently sits on the Preliminary Design Subcommittee.
Cultural Organization: Monica Ball (2018) – UPLIFT San Diego
Monica Ball has always lived or worked in Downtown throughout her 35 years in San Diego. She believes a thriving urban core is vital to the health of any metropolitan area and dedicates time and resources to promoting and protecting that in San Diego. Serving others has been her primary motivation from the early days of managing for Nordstrom Horton Plaza to current real estate sales for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. She loves the vibrancy of urban life and encourages active civic engagement for all. Monica currently sits on the Communications Subcommittee, and Chairs the Social Issues Subcommittee.
She has served as DCPC Charitable Organization Representative since 2011. Monica volunteers at street level and in leadership roles with multiple Downtown organizations, PATH & Neil Good Day Center homeless shelters, Washington Elementary & e3 High School, STAR/PAL, Downtown Fellowship and the New Central Library. She is a Board Member of UPLIFT a 27 year old Downtown outreach and past President of Downtown Kiwanis Foundation. Maximizing all available resources and facilitating collaboration between groups is a priority to her. She believes working as a team is essential to address our challenges of literacy, poverty, homelessness, housing and employment.
She also enjoys travel with her husband and loves spending time with their children, grandson and friends.
Subcommittees: Social Issues Chair, Communications, CUP/NUP Review