March 7, 2017 – San Diego, CA – Xavier Leonard has joined The San Diego Foundation as Director of the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement (CCE).

CCE brings community together to learn and discuss social challenges and opportunities by facilitating partnerships and collaborative action to create a vibrant San Diego region. In 2016, CCE convened more than 4,000 meetings and events to influence positive community change.

Under Leonard’s leadership, CCE will champion sustainable change across San Diego communities while developing partnerships and measuring regional quality of life throughout San Diego County.

As the former Public Technology and Data Strategist for the City of San Diego Civic Innovation Lab, Leonard brings a wealth of expertise in facilitating cross-sector collaborations to improve the civic experience for San Diegans. He co-founded FAB LAB San Diego and also served as a Chairperson for the California Broadband Policy Network, where he advocated for inclusion of community-based organizations as beneficiaries of California’s Teleconnect Fund, and for policies that improve access to internet technologies and digital opportunities for underserved communities.

Leonard has spoken on the deployment of technology to empower and develop communities at the United Nations’ World Summit, and he has been honored as a Z-Fellow of the Zero Divide Foundation, an Ideas Institute Fellow of the MIT Media Lab, and a TEC Champion by the United States Congress.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,