PAT ZAHAROPOULOS, Esq., President & Chief Executive Officer
MURTAZA H. BAXAMUSA, Ph.D., AICP, Secretary-Treasurer
Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa is a certified planner by the American Planning Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego City-County Reinvestment Taskforce. He has over 10 years’ experience in economic development and sustainable urban planning, and is author of the blog, The Middle Class Thinker. He is currently the Director of Planning and Development for the Family Housing Corporation.
Dr. Baxamusa received his doctoral (PhD) degree in Planning from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2008. He received a Master's degree in Planning an USC, and Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology. Prior to moving to San Diego, Dr. Baxamusa was a researcher at the USC Center for Economic Development. He worked on sustainable development strategies for cities in Southern California.
In his last position as the
Deputy Director at the Center on Policy Initiatives, Dr. Baxamusa authored
numerous policy briefs and studies on issues concerning working families, and
is frequently cited by the media and legislators as an expert on these issues.
The City of
San Diego proclaimed June 17, 2008 to be “Dr. Murtaza H. Baxamusa Day” in
recognition of his work in the city. He lives in Bird Rock with his wife and two daughters.
PAT WASHINGTON, Ph.D., Vice-President
Dr. Pat Washington has held, or holds, a number of leadership positions that promote the full inclusion of-- and equity for—LGBT individuals and families, women, people of color and other under-served populations, particularly within education. She has participated in a broad range of political and social justice activities, including, among other things serving as President of the San Diego Democratic Women’s Club, 78th Assembly District alternate to the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee and E-Board Rep, South Region co-Chair for the FilAm Caucus of the CDP, Director of Community Outreach for the SDCDP and as Co-Chair of We Advocate Gender Equity (WAGE). Dr. Washington has worked in voter outreach and voter engagement efforts including the “No on 54,” “No on Prop 8, Re-elect Assembly member Marty Block and other pro-Democratic campaigns. Currently, Dr. Washington is engaged in advocacy endeavors that enhance parent engagement in education, promote educational equity and access, the inclusion of LGBT, African/African American/Latino/API and under-served populations in San Diego and California redistricting and efforts to insure that all SDUSD students will graduate career and college-ready.
Linda LeGerrette draws on a lifetime of community service prior to joining the board as a director of the Middle Class Taxpayers Association. Her reputation as an individual who can “reach across” has earned her the ability to work successfully in all segments of the San Diego community.
Ms. LeGerrette has made a tremendous contribution in helping students, parents and community members find their own voice and to take an active role in making change in their communities. Linda holds a strong personal understanding of the power of people collectively working together for the good of all and credits her successes to the early support and close relationships with her mentors, Cesar Chavez and Sol Price. Under the tutelage of Mr. Price, LeGerrette became a small business owner having developed the Price Club business delivery program. Costco still offers this program to its members in many areas of the nation.
For the last decade, Linda and her husband Carlos, founders of the Cesar Chavez Service Club have dedicated themselves to teaching leadership development, which has empowered over 2500 young students to believe in themselves and to know that they can make a difference.
Linda is a product of San Diego’s public schools, and married 44 years with her husband, Carlos. They have one daughter, two grandchildren, two dogs, and have lived in their South Park home for over 40 years.
BOB E. NELSON
Bob Nelson has served in government and politics for 40 years. He built one of America's largest independent public relations agencies, which is now part of Porter-Novelli Group. His principal clients have included The Irvine Company, Anheuser-Busch Companies, and the Association of American Railroads. Mr. Nelson's public service includes appointment as President Clinton's small business representative on the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council. Locally, Bob has been chair of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, San Diego Convention Center Corporation, and City of San Diego Revenue Review and Economic Competitiveness Commission. In January he was appointed by the San Diego City Council as one of its three representatives to the seven-member Board of Port Commissioners. He lives in Bankers Hill area with his husband, Murray Olson.