Neil was the author of 12 books including “Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel” (with Judith Morgan), and “Westward Tilt.” As a journalist, his decades of prodding regional efforts have helped to make San Diego a center of higher education and scientific research. Neil passed away in February, 2014. The Neil Morgan Fund for Investigative Reporting was created in his honor.
Buzz Woolley is a retired venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is President of Girard Foundation which has provided funding for K-12 education projects in San Diego County since 1986.
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Reid Carr is the President & CEO of Red Door Interactive. Named a Top Small Company Workplace by Inc Magazine, Red Door works with clients such as Petco, Cricket Wireless and Rubio’s. In 2011, iMedia Connection named Reid one of the 25 Hottest Digital Marketers. His civic involvement includes membership in Rotary International’s Club 33 and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a 2010 graduate of INFLUENCE San Diego.
Olga Diaz is a council member on the Escondido City Council representing District Three. She currently works at Palomar Community College as the Director of Student Success & Equity. She is a founding member of the Route 78 Rotary Club, a past member of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club. She previously served on the CSU San Marcos President’s Advisory Committee as well as the San Diego Union Tribune Latino Advisory Board. In 2014, Olga was selected by the UT for the Latino Champions Civic Leader Award as well as the San Diego County Democratic Party Legislator of the Year award.
Bob Kelly served as the President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation for two decades. Since retiring from TSDF in 2014, Bob has held the role of Executive in Residence at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy and has continued his work to foster strategic partnerships between organizations and community leaders. Bob joined the VOSD Board in 2015.
Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. Based in Sacramento, Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities.
Cynthia Morgan-Reed is a land use and real estate transactional attorney at Morgan Reed Law. She has been involved in numerous organizations and Boards but is most proud of her involvement in Civic San Diego, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and SDVLP’s Women’s Resource Fair.
Bob owns a media management company which is actively engaged in newspaper and magazine consulting. Prior to forming his own company, he owned three community newspapers in suburban San Diego. He is a former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Boston Herald. In 20 years with United Press International, he rose through the ranks to become executive vice president and general manager.