Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday appointed businessman and community leader Reese Anthony Jarrett as the next head of Civic San Diego, the city’s nonprofit for public-private development projects and programs.

Civic San Diego head Reese Jarrett.
Civic San Diego head Reese Jarrett.

Jarrett will focus on projects in Southeastern neighborhoods of the city, and his appointment was announced by Faulconer and Councilmember Myrtle Cole as they stood in a vacant lot in Encanto.

“I’m proud to stand with Mayor Faulconer to announce a key appointment in developing areas like this in my district,” said Cole. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there is a dire need for economic development and neighborhood revitalization in this district. Our new leader of Civic San Diego, Reese Jarrett, is a native San Diegan with a long history in this community.”

Jarrett’s professional career spans over three decades and includes all facets of real estate development, community engagement and financing. He was most recently president of E. Smith and Co., a real estate firm.

“I’m looking forward to creating economic development and capital investment opportunities in our neighborhoods that have been neglected and under-invested in,” Jarrett said.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.