C-3 is dedicated to preserving and improving our region's built and natural environments. Our objective is to influence critical policy, planning, and design through education, empowerment, and advocacy.
Each generation must rise to meet the challenges of the modern era. We believe that resolving racial inequality, expanding our public health infrastructure, and building climate change resilience is critical to ensuring the future of our city, our region, and our planet. How we develop our lands and structure our communities today will have lasting and potentially climacteric impacts. Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 is pledging to meet these challenges through the following actions:
Temporary Paradise? A Look at the Special Landscape of the San Diego Region, originally printed in 1974, resulted from a grant gifted to the City of San Diego by the Marston family, enlisting the expertise and creativity of two nationally noted planners, Kevin Lynch and Donald Appleyard. Together, Lynch and Appleyard provided a comprehensive, forward-looking, and beautifully illustrated blueprint, by which the San Diego-Tijuana region could grow and prosper while preserving and accentuating its unique and special characteristics.
For over 40 years, Temporary Paradise? has provided guidance to C-3 in our advocacy and education efforts. In the years since its release, C-3 has generated two complementary documents to it: most recently, Sustainable Paradise, released on our 50th Anniversary. The message of Temporary Paradise? is just as relevant today as when it was written.
Temporary Paradise? A Look at the Special Landscape of the San Diego Region by Kevin Lynch and Donald Appleyard, 1974
2021 Board of Directors
Senior Associate, Strategies 360
Ryan is a Senior Associate at Strategies 360, a full-service research, public affairs, and communications firm based in the Western United States. He previously worked as a research analyst for UNITE HERE! Local 30, San Diego's hotel workers union. Before moving back home to San Diego in 2017, Ryan spent eight years in national politics and was an appointee in the Obama Administration, where he worked on climate change and international development at USAID.
C-3 Vice President, Director of Development
Suzanne is a San Diego native who has spent the last three decades facilitating policy makers, academic institutions, government agencies, and industry leaders in defining and achieving success. Her work has focused on fostering strategic intent, building resource development capacity, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and demystifying organizational dynamics.
C-3 Treasurer, Director of Board Governance
Executive Director, North Park Main Street
Angie is the Executive Director of North Park Main Street where she has worked eight years to promote North Park as a destination for locals and travelers, and advocated for small business policies that positively impact entrepreneurs in the neighborhood. She previously worked as a Legislative Aide to Councilmember Christine Kehoe, and as an educator with San Diego Unified School District. She is a graduate of San Diego State University.
C-3 Secretary, Director of New Audiences & Partnerships
Economic Development Specialist,
City of National City
Megan is the Economic Development Specialist for National City where she developed a 5-year Economic Development Strategic Plan including the creating and management of a Facade Improvement Program, an Adopt a Place Program, and a new placemaking program called Activate the Right of Way (AROW). Prior to joining National City, Megan worked with the Hillcrest Business Association where she oversaw the expansion of the Hillcrest Farmers Market and the development of a four-day park pop-up that is now under construction.
SUSAN BALDWIN, AICP
Executive Committee Member, Director of Policy
Retired SANDAG Senior Regional Planner
Susan is a retired city/regional planner who worked for SANDAG, and the cities of San Diego and La Mesa. While at SANDAG she worked on land use and housing issues. Since retirement she managed the Save Our San Diego Countryside (Measure A, March 2020) campaign, and is an advocate for affordable housing, smart growth, and parks. Before moving to San Diego in 1981, Susan worked on historic preservation issues in Colorado.
Director, Chair of the Back Country KAN
Executive Director, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
Trish brings over 25 years of experience in conservation and environmental protection. She previously worked for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, where she oversaw the implementation of the Multiple Species Conservation Program and managed the award-winning County Trails Program. She coordinated the County’s acquisition of over 7,100 acres of open space lands. Trish also volunteers as a crisis interventionist with the City of San Diego Police Department.
Director of Government Relations
Vice President, The Clay Company
Denise has more than 25 years experience in public affairs. Her background included working in government at the state and local levels including several years as District Director for Senator Toni Atkins. Denise is currently Vice President of the Clay Company, a well known and highly respected government and community relations firm.
Director, Chair of the Coastline & Wetlands KAN
Associate Director, WILDCOAST
Zach is Associate Director of WILDCOAST, an international team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. Over the past 12 years working in coastal and marine conservation, Zach has helped advance California's marine protected area network, protect wilderness coastline on the Baja California Peninsula, launch a coordinated blue carbon effort in the US and Mexico, and facilitate capacity trainings in California, Mexico, Philippines, and Ecuador.
Director, Chair of the Mesas, Valleys & Canyons KAN
Francesca is a designer at obrArchitecture in North Park and a lecturer at SDSU, Interior Architecture department. She is interested in sustainable design in an urban context. She is a LEED Green Associate and her previous work includes a placemaking project on the Lemon Grove Promenade, a proposal to activate the Palisades in Balboa Park, and design collaboration with Public Architecture for the Binational Friendship Park.
ELIZABETH OCAMPO VIVERO
Director, Chair of the Bi-National Border KAN
Director of Planning & Urban Design, M.W. Steele Group
Elizabeth is the Director of Planning and Urban Design at M.W. Steele Group, a local planning and architecture firm based in Barrio Logan. Her experience includes participating in multiple aspects of local planning, focusing on land use, urban design, community outreach, and implementation. Prior to joining M.W. Steele Group, Elizabeth worked as a Senior Planner for the City of San Diego Planning Department and was assigned to various communities in central and south San Diego. Elizabeth is also a board member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association and is part of its Diversity and Equity Subcommittee.
Director, Chair of the Urban Core KAN
Planner, WSP USA
Suchi is a professional land use and transportation planner and has called San Diego her home since 2006. Her career has been focused on projects that support smart growth principles and improve opportunities for walking, biking, and transit use. Suchi has a degree in Urban Studies & Planning from UC San Diego and a Master of Science in Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.
Director of Architecture & Design
Principal, KIM NADEL / GAIA INSPIRED DESIGN AND CONSULTING
Kim’s life work and passion has been to inspire, promote and foster wellness through thoughtfully planned design within truly equitable and sustainable living. An Eco Districts and LEED accredited professional, she advocates for regenerative communities through the power and beauty of design that connect people and nature. Originally from Montreal, Kim has a degree in Organizational Psychology from McGill University and a Masters of Science in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in NYC.
Director, Chair of the San Diego Bay KAN
Principal, Cook + Schmid
Jon has more than 25 years of experience in communications, both as a journalist and a public relations and marketing professional. At Cook + Schmid, Jon develops strategic and integrated campaigns for clients that include public agencies, private and public companies and nonprofits. His prior experience includes more than a decade of work as a professional journalist, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Jon grew up in San Diego and is board member of the San Diego Maritime Museum and the San Diego Bay Holiday Parade of Lights. Jon earned an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.