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Please read about each candidate, and use the form at the bottom of the page to cast your votes for up to three (3) new C-3 San Diego Board Members. Each elected Board Member will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2024. Votes must be submitted by December 1, 2023. 

2024 Board Candidates

Executive Vice President & CEO of AIA San Diego
Leigh Eisen is an experienced executive with a history of working in the built environment. Leigh is skilled in nonprofit management, capacity building, program & event management, government affairs, marketing & communications. She currently serves as Executive Vice President and CEO of AIA San Diego. An alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture with a Masters in Urban, Community and Regional Planning, Leigh would bring nearly two decades of non-profit management experience, as well as public sector/government experience to C-3 San Diego. Leigh has devoted the bulk of her career to organizations whose missions are to improve quality of life and economic vitality in the built environment.
President & CEO, San Diego River Park Foundation
Rob Hutsel is the President and CEO of The San Diego River Park Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2001 to serve as a catalyst in creating a 52 mile long system of parks, trails and open spaces along the San Diego River. Since its founding, Rob has led an effort to build a coalition of 78 organizations partnering with the San Diego River Park Foundation and helped secure California legislation to create a new state agency dedicated to the San Diego River. He is skilled in nonprofit management, volunteer programs, coalition building, and government relations. Rob attended UC San Diego where he studied Urban Studies and Planning. He has been a guest lecturer at UCSD, SDSU and at several national and state conferences. Rob is committed to public service. In addition to his interest in serving on the C-3 Board of Directors, he is also currently on the board of directors of the California Watershed Network, Statewide Steering Committee of the California Urban Streams Partnership, and the County of San Diego’s Park Advisory Board, representing District 4. 

Senior Consulting Biologist & Environmental Planner - ASK 

Holly Smit Kicklighter is a seasoned environmental planner in the San Diego region currently serving as a consultant for ICF. Holly has expertise in Nature-Based Solutions, Sustainable Development, Multiple Species Conservation, CEQA, Endangered Species Act, Habitat Management Plans, Applied Ecology, Biological Resource Analysis and Management, Conservation and Wildlife Biology, Climate Resilience and Adaptation, and Environmental Education. She has been instrumental in the San Diego region’s Multiple Species Conservation Planning programs for many years, including with state and local governments. Holly is currently serving on the C-3 San Diego Board of Directors as Chair of both C-3 San Diego's Mesas, Canyons, and Valleys & Backcountry Knowledge Action Networks under a one year appointment. Through her service on the C-3 San Diego Board of Directors, Holly looks for opportunities to integrate climate resiliency and adaptation into biodiversity management using nature-based solutions and new policy initiatives. She has a Master’s degree in Geography from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology from UC San Diego, Revelle College.


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


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