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:

  • We must contend with the simultaneous crises of climate change, social inequality, racial injustice, and insufficient public health infrastructure. Addressing these complex and unprecedented challenges requires a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and visionary approach. Through our Knowledge Action Networks, we will seek individuals and organizations across disciplines, cultures, and perspectives to form coalitions and identify solutions.  
  • We must acknowledge the role of historic planning decisions in creating and perpetuating structures of racism and inequity. We will work to understand the roots of our bias and right the past wrongs that have harmed communities across our region.  
  • We aspire to achieve an integrated planning process, which is inclusive of all communities. Through education and sustained support, we will empower citizens to influence the trajectory of their communities with true agency and self-determination.

    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. 


    In its 60 years of existence, Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C-3) has worked with its all-volunteer Board of Directors and members to promote principles of good design and planning to achieve a healthy environment, strong economy, and social progress in the San Diego/Tijuana region. Founded by Esther Scott and visionary architect, Lloyd Ruocco in 1961, with the support of Hamilton Marston and Ellen Revelle, C-3’s objectives were to conserve and promote "a handsome & functional community" through research, education, and coordinated citizen action. 

    C-3’s rich history of advocacy and civic participation in the San Diego region include advocating to stop the expansion of Highway 163, expanding public park space on the waterfront, and protecting County environmental lands from encroaching development. 

    C-3's strategy for preserving its own legacy and ensuring its future is founded on its commitment to membership, partnership, and visibility. C-3's members are among the most informed and influential citizens in the region, and this organization is committed to supporting and strengthening its membership by directly engaging members in its important work. C-3 also knows it can't do it alone and works closely in partnership with other organizations aligned with its mission.

    C-3 President, San Diego Bay KAN Co-Chair

    Principal, POP/ARCH 

    Kate is the founding principal of POP/ARCH, a local placemaking studio that works to transform underutilized public spaces into vibrant community assets. She is actively working to spread inspiration and excitement about placemaking, tactical urbanism, and sustainable development in San Diego through her involvement with community organizations and on the Boards of the San Diego Architectural Foundation and C-3.



    C-3 Vice President, Coastline KAN Co-Chair

    Campaign Coordinator, ReWild Mission Bay

    A career broadcaster and podcast pioneer, Tommy is an environmental advocate who co-founded and served as the original president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, and managed communications and media for the San Diego Surfrider chapter and Oregon Wild. A candidate for San Diego City Council in the 2018 election cycle, Tommy currently serves as the ReWild Mission Bay campaign coordinator with San Diego Audubon.



    C-3 Treasurer, Urban Core KAN Co-Chair

    Retired Urban Planner

    David Abrams is a retired City Planner and Community Association Manager who has the background and time to assist C-3 in fulfilling our mission. He is serving a fourth term as Treasurer for the group and will strive for financial stability and sound accounting practice for the organization.


    C-3 Secretary, San Diego Bay KAN Co-Chair

    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 Past President, Back Country KAN Co-Chair

    Policy Director, Council District 3

    Kathleen is an urban planner with 18 years multi-disciplinary experience working in San Diego. Her passion is creating vibrant, healthy cities where people have equal opportunities too thrive. She currently works as Policy Director for City Councilmember Christopher Ward, District Three. Prior to working for the City, she worked as advocacy and policy director at Circulate San Diego.



    Director, Back Country KAN Co-Chair

    Retired Senior Regional Planner

    Susan Baldwin is an urban planner, recently retired from SANDAG where she worked as a senior regional planer on land use and housing issues for 27 years. Her interest also include historic preservation and the preservation of San Diego's backcountry.



    Director, San Diego Bay KAN Co-Chair

    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.



    Director, Coastline KAN Co-Chair

    Independent Board Director and C-Suite Advisor

    Stewart has a broad business background with over 30 years of experience as the senior financial executive of companies such as San Diego-based Mad Catz Interactive, video game publisher Rock Star Games, and entertainment entrepreneur Russell Simmons' Rush Communications, along with extensive Wall Street experience as a sell side equity analyst and investment banker.



    Director, Urban Core KAN Co-Chair

    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.



    Director, Border KAN Co-Chair

    Civic Engagement and Open Data Consultant

    Xavier is a leader in the field that unites civic technology and community engagement. He has expertise in placemaking, startups, social entrepreneurship, community organizing, collaborative design, Open Data, Open Source software, team leadership, and staff development.



    Director, Urban Core KAN Co-Chair

    Planner, WSP USA

    Suchi is a professional land use and transportation planner and has called San Diego my home since 2006. Her career has been focused on projects that support smart growth principles and improve opportunities for walking, biking, and transit use. She 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, Border KAN Co-Chair

    Principal, Kim Nadel Interiors

    Kim’s life work and passion has been to inspire, educate, and advocate for sustainable and regenerative communities through the power and beauty of architecture, design and community planning. During her time in San Diego, she has had the opportunity to build and design green dream homes, work on USGBC's GAP program for reinstating LEED status for the building structures of Balboa Park, organize Living Future Institute grassroots event for the A+D Community, and participate in the Housing for the Next 1 Million grassroots charrette program.



    Director, Border KAN Co-Chair

    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, Coastline KAN Co-Chair

    CEO, Sustainability Matters

    Kristen's passionate and visionary approach is a catalyst for behavior changes, driven by an understanding of our history and culture and optimizing awareness, collaborations, and experiences to seize moments of opportunity to affect real change.


    C-3's Knowledge Action Networks (KANs) bring together local thought leaders from planning, design, policy, academia, community development, and more to address our region’s distinctive and pressing land use challenges.


    Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C-3) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy on issues of policy, planning, and design throughout the San Diego region. Federal Tax ID: 95-2593199





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