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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation on Tuesday said it’s seeking board member applications for its 2022 term.

Candidates must live, work or demonstrate engagement within Southeastern San Diego. Applications are due July 31, and the new board member will be selected in September.

To apply, visit this page.

The center seeks “local, invested community members for the volunteer leadership position to support the organization’s mission to build communities and lift lives, especially through real estate development, economic and workforce development and community engagement.”

“As we begin to expand the board and share the responsibilities of governance with community leaders, I am more and more confident in the future of the Jacobs Center and its role in Southeastern San Diego,” said Andrew Hapke, board member. “The expertise, capabilities and commitment we have on the board are the foundation for an exciting future – one where my family’s involvement begins to subside, and community leaders chart our path forward.”

New board members will serve alongside Jacobs family members and continuing members including:

  • Juan Carlos Hernandez, a 30-year veteran of the banking industry and former chairman of the board for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as former treasurer for MANA de San Diego.
  • Louie Nguyen, a longtime skilled investor involved in Southeastern San Diego’s business community, involved with the CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Advocacy Council helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
  • And Paul Robinson, a Southeastern San Diego native and information technology entrepreneur whose focus is on education to careers and local economy initiatives that offer accessible pathways to success for the community.

“I have been participating in the Southeastern San Diego community for several years, primarily assisting small business owners access affordable working capital for their businesses,” said board member Hernandez. “I saw the work that Jacobs Center was doing in this realm and felt the need to join their mission in serving the community.”

Ideal candidates will have expertise in community engagement, real estate development, finance, law, fundraising, economic development and/or government relations.

Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center is focused on building communities and lifting lives.

“As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods,” organizers said. “This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations and partners to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills and educational success.”

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