Board of Directors

Gabe Gutierrez, Chair

Gabe_Gutierrez.jpgGabe Gutierrez works for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in the community relations department. His responsibilities include corporate and employee philanthropy, public affairs support and the management of large scale employee giving initiatives. Additionally, Gabe serves on the Chula Vista Planning Commission and previously served on the Chula Vista Safety Commission.

Previous to working for SDG&E, Gabe served as a Policy Advisor to San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts where he recommended Land Use and Public Safety Policy. During his time at the County, Gabe managed the creation and implementation of an advanced incident command system for public safety that is now used by the state of California and governments throughout the world.

Gabe earned a Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University, School of Public Administration. Additionally, Gabe participated and graduated from the America’s Leaders of Change program an executive leadership program developed by the National Urban Fellows through the University of Kansas. Gabe resides in Chula Vista with his wife Janice. 

Eduardo Velasquez, Vicechair

Eduaro_s.jpgEduardo is the Research Manager at San Diego Regional EDC, responsible for analyzing the scale and depth of the impact that industry and development have on the region's economy. Additionally, he is EDC’s Cleantech industry lead, supporting companies that make up a $2 billion cluster and directly employ 6,000 people in the region. Prior to joining the EDC, he worked as an Economist at Wells Fargo Bank for nearly eight years. Eduardo relies on public transit for his commute from North Park to Downtown, serves on his neighborhood planning group, and sits on the Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure, Housing, and Land Use Committee. He holds an MA in Business Economics, as well as a Double BA in Business Economics and Law & Society from UC Santa Barbara.

Clarissa Falcon, Treasurer

Clarissa_Falcon.pngClarissa Reyes Falcon is Principal Consultant and Owner of Falcon Strategies LLC. With 20 years of experience, Clarissa has demonstrated expertise in the government, community, and non-profit arenas. She served as District Director for the 40th California State Senate District represented by Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny from April 2003 until November 2010 overseeing three district offices in Chula Vista, El Centro, and Coachella. Prior to working for Senator Ducheny, Clarissa worked as key staff on public policy for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (SDREDC). In that capacity, she helped to develop the organization’s public policy priorities and provided regular communication to elected officials and partner organizations on the SDREDC’s strategic goals and mission. Clarissa is experienced at forming coalitions to support key policy and initiatives, and has dedicated fourteen years to serving the most disadvantaged and underserved communities in California.

Clarissa resides in Bonita with her husband, Michael, and her two children, Benjamin and Ella. 

Stephen Haase, Secretary

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As the Senior Vice President of Baldwin & Sons, Stephen provides entitlement support for the company’s land development projects, from conceptual design through the entitlement process to the delivery of infrastructure improvements and implementation of individual neighborhoods and projects. He oversees a project team that includes internal staff and professional consultants in the preparation of policy, environmental, and engineering documentation to achieve project approval. Stephen leads the forward-planning efforts for projects in the award-winning master plan community of Otay Ranch in Chula Vista. He is actively involved in project design and community outreach to achieve the company’s goal of delivering the highest quality communities. Stephen is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), NAIOP, and the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego.

Aaron Contorer

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Aaron is the CEO of FP Complete, a software company based in the San Diego area. He is president of the Contorer Foundation, which focuses on environmental sustainability and wealth studies. Aaron is a partner and board member of San Diego Social Venture Partners, working to increase regional philanthropy, and is co-founder and chair of SDSVP's Environment Accelerator Fund. He is also a board member of Equinox Center. Aaron was awarded Channel 10’s first-ever Environmental Leadership Award in 2009.

Aaron is a former executive of Microsoft Corporation, where he helped to build products including Windows, MSN, Visual Studio, and in-house engineering tools. He served on the CEO's staff and founded the Microsoft Big Gift Club for new philanthropists. He was also an inventor, named in several patents in computer networking and security, and was an executive of three other small software companies.

Clint Daniels

Clint Daniels leads a transit forecasting and transportation analytics group with RSG, a national transportation planning and market research firm. Clint has worked at the intersection of transportation planning and software analytics for 15 years including roles in the planning departments of New York City and Los Angeles. Most recently before returning to the private sector, Clint led the transportation forecasting and analytics group at SANDAG. Clint’s current focus is helping cities and regional planning agencies understand the impacts of transportation investment and policy decisions. Clint spends most of his time working on transit projects including in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

Clint has a Bachelors of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois, Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, and an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. Clint is an avid beer geek and baseball fan. You’ll most likely find him at a local brewery, Petco Park, or south of the border watching the Tijuana Toros.

Dave Gatzke

Dave_Gatzke.pngDavid manages the successful execution of new or redeveloped commercial, residential and mixed-use developments for H.G. Fenton Company. He guides new development projects from concept through construction completion, leading the approval process with jurisdictions and support from community members and key stakeholders. David has over 20 years of real estate development experience, nearly half of which was with Community HousingWorks, a California nonprofit focused on affordable housing. David enjoys problem solving to advance projects as well as the opportunity to shape the creative vision for what a new building can offer its neighbors, future residents or business tenants. Best of all is seeing that vision become a successful reality.

David has a bachelor of arts from UCLA and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Having visited 49 of the 50 states, the proud father of two loves exploring cities in America and across the world when he’s not spending time engaging with his colleagues and community stakeholders.

Keeley Halsey

Keely Halsey is an environmental and land use attorney, and the former director of legislative affairs for the City of San Diego. Keely's background includes experience in environmental policy and resource management, sustainability and climate change initiatives, as well as elections, ethics, and intergovernmental affairs. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of San Diego School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Keely's interest in transit planning stems from her involvement in long-range land use planning and smart growth initiatives. She promotes the development of safe and convenient transit in order to improve the quality of neighborhoods and help the region meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. 

Ginger Hitzke

Ginger Hitzke, the President of Hitzke Development Corporation, is a first-generation real estate developer and has 22 years of experience in the field of affordable housing development. Ms. Hitzke has participated in the development of over 1,500 apartments and affordable homes totaling more than $430,000,000 in real estate activity throughout California.  

Ms. Hitzke began her career at Affirmed Housing Group in San Diego first as an Administrative Assistant then as a Project Coordinator, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Vice President of Development.  After serving as Vice President of Development for Affirmed Housing Group, she formed Hitzke Development.  She specializes in the development of affordable rental housing (including permanent supportive housing) on infill, transit-oriented sites.  

Ginger is the past-President of San Diego Housing Federation, is past-President and current Treasurer of the non-profit Los Angeles-based organization Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), is a member of the Capital Improvements Committee, Auction Committee and Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, and is member of the Board of Directors of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.  

As a youth, Ms. Hitzke grew up in a lower-income single parent household.  Growing up, housing affordability, among other domestic issues, was a problem.  Her family moved often and she attended many different schools.  She was labeled as a disruptive troublemaker quite early on and struggled with school throughout her entire childhood.  Fortunately, she was able to attend a continuation high school in Vista, California and was finally able to thrive in school although housing stability remained an issue for her until she was an adult.  Because of her personal experience, matters of housing and economic security for all is of great importance to her.

Pedro Orso-Delgado

Mr. Orso-Delgado is currently the principal of his consulting firm “Under Construction” he created the company in a quest to assist bridging a gap between engineering firms, construction firms and developers with Public Agencies (Caltrans, Sandag and Local Agencies). He also consults with Public Agencies to seek performance improvements within these agencies.

He served in the capacity of City Manager for Santee from 5/2014 till 7/2015, were he was responsible for all the activities associated with the functioning of the City Services and implementing the Mayor and Council policies.

He was named the City of Santee’s Deputy City Manager/Director of Development Services in August 2009. Were he provided executive management support to the City Manager in overseeing City departments and operations. As Director of the Department of Development Services, he oversaw the functions of Planning, Engineering, Land Development, Capital Projects, Building and Information Technology.

Mr. Orso-Delgado had a 25 year career at Cal-trans. There he was District 11 Director from 2001-2009, overseeing a budget in excess of $150 million and a capital budget of over $3 billion, and helping the District through a decade of major construction projects on nine regional freeway systems, while contending with the challenges of transportation funding cuts. Served as the chair of the Border Governors Infrastructure working table for 3 years, lead the team from Caltrans that applied and within a record time obtained the presidential permit for the new border crossing at Otay Mesa II

Mr. Orso-Delgado is a San Diego native, attended schools in both San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and began his career with Caltrans in 1984.

Mr. Orso-Delgado enjoys Yoga, travelling, photography and skiing and mostly doing these activities with his two daughters.

Gonzalo Quintero, Ed.D.

Gonzalo_Quintero_-_Cropped.jpgDr. Quintero was born and raised in San Diego. A lifetime resident of the South Bay, he has dedicated his time and energy to the service of his fellow man. He earned his Master of Public Administration in 2008 from SDSU and hi Doctorate in Education from SDSU in 2011. As an educator he has provided service to students of Southwestern Community College as well as San Diego State University's College of Extended Studies as an instructor and administrator. Public service has also been his passion and he realizes it in the City of National City having served as Traffic Safety Committee member, and later as chair, for 6 years. He is currently serving his first term as Planning Commissioner for his home town of National City. An advocate for small business, you can find Dr. Q serving day in and day out as General Manager of La Bella Pizza Garden in Chula Vista. Dr. Quintero's spirit of collaboration has kept the 62 year old small business relevant in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. Seeing firsthand the needs of public and alternative modes of transportation for students and staff Dr. Quintero understands the dynamics of our mission and vision. 

Deanna Spehn

Deanna has a long track record of public service serving as staff to elected officials.  She currently serves as Special Assistant to Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins.  She was previously Policy Director for California Senator Christine Kehoe, and Committee Consultant for the City of San Diego’s council committee, Rules, Budget & Intergovernmental Relations, as well as a Senior Policy Analyst for former San Diego Mayor Susan Golding.


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