Lys Severtson, Chair
Lys is an Executive and Life Coach. She helps people take big goals or problems and convert them into manageable projects. Her business helps people live the lives they have always dreamed of living. Her involvement in Circulate San Diego is with the intent of helping San Diego be the city it has always wanted to be. She has a keen interest in the effects of walkable communities on both physical and mental health.
Gabe Gutierrez, Vicechair
Gabe 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.
Dave Schumacher, Secretary
Dave Schumacher is a founder of WalkSanDiego, one of the two organizations that merged to form Circulate. He retired from the San Diego Association of Governments in 2016 after a 33 year career. He led the transit planning section at SANDAG and was responsible for overseeing the development of the regional long-range transit plan, managing corridor planning for light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects, developing the regional short-range transit plan, and coordinating with the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) on short-term planning and corridor planning activities. Implementation of these studies is guided by the Transit First strategy, a long-range vision on the role public transportation will play in the region.
Dave is currently working part-time with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as a Senior Planning Manager for transit-related studies and projects.
Dave formerly chaired the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on High Occupancy Vehicle Systems. He is a Board member of the San Diego chapter of Lambda Alpha International, and was a former Board member of the City Heights Community Development Corporation. He was also a co-founder and former Board chair for WalkSanDiego, one of the predecessor organizations of Circulate San Diego.
Andy Hamilton, Treasurer
Andy Hamilton has worked on transportation, land use, and air quality issues at the San Diego Air Pollution Control District since 1994, and his work includes promoting alternatives to motor vehicles. He did similar work as a staff scientist at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston between 1986-1993. Andy is the author of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District's publication Tools for Reducing Vehicle Trips Through Land Use Design and WalkSanDiego's Slow Down! Taming Neighborhood Traffic. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in ecology from University of California Davis, and a master's degree in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University in Boston.
Jeff serves as Principal Community Planner for RICK Engineering’s Community Planning and Sustainable Development Division. He manages the preparation of policy planning documents including mobility plans, community and specific plans for public and private sector clients. He also manages all aspects of land use entitlement for land development projects, including re-use and urban infill projects.
Jeff has served on the Clairemont Community Planning Group for eight years, and as Chair for the past three years. With over 30 years of land planning experience, Jeff has extensive knowledge with land use policy, site planning, and environmental regulation in San Diego County. He served as Board Chair for Circulate San Diego in 2016.
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.
Clarissa 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.
Keeley Halsey, Secretary
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.
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.
Ken Kaplan has been President and Chief Executive Officer of three companies serving the information technology industry in publishing, trade show production, and market research. Under his leadership, World Expo, Corp. produced 72 high tech trade shows and conferences in 22 countries. Federal ComputerWeek continues as a weekly newspaper with readership consisting of Information Research Managers (equivalent to CIOs) and staff that head up the federal government’s agencies information technology. The Information Strategies Group provided market research to vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle selling to the federal government, and conducted third-party decision support for the military.
Other career activities include President and CEO of the Thompson Conference Center and consulting with Vaughn College as its Managing Director of Aviation Outreach. To pursue his passion in flying as an instrument rated private pilot, Ken moved to San Diego in 2001. He served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for King Schools, Inc., a distant learning company for pilots. Ken has five children (three grown) and lives in Sorrento Valley with his two school-aged children, wife, and a Golden Retriever named Chloe.
Gary Levitt is the founder of Sea Breeze Properties LLC, a full-service real estate development, investment, and management company that specializes in envisioning unique real estate development opportunities in San Diego County. The company is mostly involved in properties where creative and intelligent planning will enhance both short- and long-term appreciation. Gary has contributed his experience and knowledge back to his community by becoming involved with the community planning groups that are close to his home: he is the chair of the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Group, was a member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Group, and is on the Torrey Hills Community Planning Group. He obtained a Bachelor of Accountancy degree in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Scott Maas is a LEED-certified architect and associate principal at Safdie Rabines Architects, where he works on a variety of project types from urban master plans and infill mixed-use projects to hotels and custom single-family residences. He is a passionate believer in the environmental, physical, social, and economic benefits of walkable neighborhoods and well-designed environments. Scott is a graduate of University of San Diego's School of Business, where he earned his undergraduate degree in finance and business administration. After working in San Francisco as a manager at an investment bank, Scott returned to San Diego to study architecture, receiving his Master of Architecture degree from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in 2005. During graduate school, Scott worked at Estudio Teddy Cruz, where his projects included a non-profit affordable housing and community center near the Tijuana border, and a prefabricated frame system designed to support informal settlements in Tijuana. Scott grew up in Hawaii, which cultivated his affection for bipedalism, running and hiking trails around Oahu and walking the beaches to his favorite surf spots.
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.