Center for Civic Engagement

The Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation is where community comes together to learn and discuss challenges and opportunities to create a more vibrant and cohesive San Diego region.

We convene diverse perspectives and champions for Our Greater San Diego Vision advanced through a WELL framework: Work, Enjoy, Live and Learn.

To learn more about the CCE, read our report to the community or view our event discussions.

Future40 Event Series

To celebrate The San Diego Foundation’s 40th Anniversary milestone, we look ahead to the next 40 years. The CCE Future40 event series engages experts in their fields to raise provocative questions, highlight new possibilities and challenge our assumptions. Join us in this discussion and in our work to fulfill the vision for San Diego and embrace the change the future brings.

Attend An Upcoming Event

CCE Advisory Council

CCE Advisory Council members provide valuable guidance in shaping the work of the Center for Civic Engagement as we strive to offer collaborative opportunities to facilitate dialogue and active involvement of residents across the county.

Council Members

Samantha Begovich
Deputy District Attorney

Amy Bernal
Project Manager and Site Lead Intuit Women’s Network, Intuit

Trevor Blair
Workforce Development Manager, Manpower

Gisele Bonitz
Executive Officer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

Marcela Escobar-Eck
Principal, Atlantis Group Land Use Consultants

Miranda Ko
Analyst, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

David Lopez
Executive Director, Teach for America

Colin Parent
Director of Policy, San Diego Housing Commission

Lori Holt Pfeiler
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity

Ahmed Sahid
President & CEO, Somali Family Services

Elizabeth Schott
Executive Director, Accion San Diego

Megan Thomas
Senior Director of Collaborative Philanthropy, San Diego Grantmakers
Board Member, United Way of San Diego County

Claudia Valenzuela
Public Affairs Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Sid Voorakkara
Senior Business Development Specialist, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Pat Walsh
Chief Impact Officer, Stay Classy

Mary Walter-Brown
Publisher and COO, Voice of San Diego