C-3 San Diego is dedicated to preserving and improving our region's built and natural environments. Our objective is to influence critical policy, planning, and design through education, empowerment, and advocacy.
Each generation must rise to meet the challenges of the modern era. We believe that resolving racial inequality, expanding our public health infrastructure, and building climate change resilience is critical to ensuring the future of our city, our region, and our planet. How we develop our lands and structure our communities today will have lasting and potentially climacteric impacts. C-3 San Diego is pledging to meet these challenges through the following actions:
Temporary Paradise? A Look at the Special Landscape of the San Diego Region, originally printed in 1974, resulted from a grant gifted to the City of San Diego by the Marston family, enlisting the expertise and creativity of two nationally noted planners, Kevin Lynch and Donald Appleyard. Together, Lynch and Appleyard provided a comprehensive, forward-looking, and beautifully illustrated blueprint, by which the San Diego-Tijuana region could grow and prosper while preserving and accentuating its unique and special characteristics.
For over 40 years, Temporary Paradise? has provided guidance to C-3 in our advocacy and education efforts. In the years since its release, C-3 has generated two complementary documents to it: most recently, Sustainable Paradise, released on our 50th Anniversary. The message of Temporary Paradise? is just as relevant today as when it was written.
Temporary Paradise? A Look at the Special Landscape of the San Diego Region by Kevin Lynch and Donald Appleyard, 1974
Toward Permanent Paradise by C-3 Board of Directors, 1998
Citizens Coordinate and the Battle for City Planning in San Diego by Clare Crane, 2010
Sustainable Paradise by C-3 Board of Directors, 2011
2023 Board of Directors
President; Chair - Organizational Development Committee
Suzanne is a San Diego native who has spent the last three decades facilitating policy makers, academic institutions, government agencies, and industry leaders in defining and achieving success. Her work has focused on fostering strategic intent, building resource development capacity, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and demystifying organizational dynamics.
Vice President; Chair - San Diego Bay Knowledge Action Network
Principal, Cook + Schmid
Jon has more than 25 years of experience in communications, both as a journalist and a public relations and marketing professional. At Cook + Schmid, Jon develops strategic and integrated campaigns for clients that include public agencies, private and public companies, and nonprofits. His prior experience includes more than a decade of work as a professional journalist, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Jon grew up in San Diego and is board member of the San Diego Maritime Museum and the San Diego Bay Holiday Parade of Lights. Jon earned an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Secretary; Chair - Marketing & Membership Committee
Kaylee is a designer at BNIM in their Pacific office. At BNIM, Kaylee is involved in projects addressing homelessness in the region as well as sustainability initiatives. She is a southern California native and relocated to San Diego in 2015 to pursue a degree in architecture with a minor in construction and urban design from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. In addition to her involvement with C-3, she sits on the board for the Balboa Committee of 100 where she chairs the Archives committee.
Treasurer; Chair - Finance Committee
Senior Associate, Strategies 360
Ryan is a Senior Associate at Strategies 360, a full-service research, public affairs, and communications firm based in the Western United States. He previously worked as a research analyst for UNITE HERE! Local 30, San Diego's hotel workers union. Before moving back home to San Diego in 2017, Ryan spent eight years in national politics and was an appointee in the Obama Administration, where he worked on climate change and international development at USAID.
Director; Chair - Media Content & Management Committee
Director of Policy and Communications, Regional Task Force on Homelessness
Jordan Beane is the Director of Policy and Communications for the Regional Task Force on Homelessness. Jordan’s role includes developing and implementing a strategic communications plan, elevating RTFH’s visibility and increasing the awareness of RTFH initiatives. Prior to joining RTFH, Jordan served as the Communications Director and Environmental Policy Advisor to a San Diego City Councilmember. He also helped craft policy on some of the Councilmember’s biggest priorities in the environmental space. Before working in the public sector Jordan spent a decade in the NFL as a digital media professional for two different teams, winning three local Emmy awards for his work.
LAWRENCE (LARRY) HERZOG
Director; Chair - Bi-National Border Knowledge Action Network
Lawrence Herzog (Ph.D.) is a Design Scholar-in-Residence in the UCSD Design Lab and a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies &Planning. He is also a podcaster, writer and professor emeritus of city planning in the School of Public Affairs at SDSU, San Diego, California.
Since 2022, Herzog’s UCSD-based Whose City? podcast brings in guests speaking about urban design, planning, and policy in the cross-border San Diego-Tijuana region. He is author or editor of 11 books on urban planning, design and global/cross-border development, including: Global Suburbs (Routledge) and From Aztec to High Tech (Johns Hopkins). Herzog has lectured at universities in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom, and served as urban/regional planning consultant to U.S. and foreign clients. He has published many essays in the popular media including the Los Angeles Times, San FranciscoChronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Voice of San Diego.
HOLLY SMIT KICKLIGHTER
Director; Chair - Backcountry Knowledge Action Network
Senior Biologist, ICF
Holly is a Senior Biologist with ICF with more than 25 years of experience. 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 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.
Director; Chair - Urban Core Knowledge Action Network
Planner, WSP USA
Suchi is a professional land use and transportation planner and has called San Diego her home since 2006. Her career has been focused on projects that support smart growth principles and improve opportunities for walking, biking, and transit use. Suchi has a degree in Urban Studies & Planning from UC San Diego and a Master of Science in Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.
Director; Chair - Operations Committee
President & CEO, San Diego Housing Federation
Steve is a values-driven professional who is committed to achieving lasting, positive changes in the urban communities of San Diego.
His efforts are directed through the conscientious practice of architecture, personal investment in sustainable economic development, and advocacy for quality affordable housing & public transit.
ELIZABETH OCAMPO VIVERO
Director; Chair - Breakfast Dialogues Committee
Principal Planner, RRM Design Group
Elizabeth is the Principal Planner at RRM Design Group, a multidisciplinary design firm. Her experience includes participating in multiple aspects of local planning, focusing on land use, urban design, community outreach, and implementation. Prior to joining M.W. Steele Group, Elizabeth worked as a Senior Planner for the City of San Diego Planning Department and was assigned to various communities in central and south San Diego. Elizabeth is also a board member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association and is part of its Diversity and Equity Subcommittee.
Director; Chair - Coastline & Wetlands Knowledge Action Network
Environmental Director, Surfrider Foundation
Zach is Associate Director of WILDCOAST, an international team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. Over the past 12 years working in coastal and marine conservation, Zach has helped advance California's marine protected area network, protect wilderness coastline on the Baja California Peninsula, launch a coordinated blue carbon effort in the US and Mexico, and facilitate capacity trainings in California, Mexico, Philippines, and Ecuador.
Director; Chair - Student Engagement & Internships
Francesca is a designer at obrArchitecture in North Park and a lecturer at SDSU, Interior Architecture department. She is interested in sustainable design in an urban context. She is a LEED Green Associate and her previous work includes a placemaking project on the Lemon Grove Promenade, a proposal to activate the Palisades in Balboa Park, and design collaboration with Public Architecture for the Binational Friendship Park.
Director; Chair - Oral History Committee
Land Use Analyst, Latham & Watkins LLP
Clif is a Land Use Analyst in the San Diego office of the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP. Clif works with real estate developers, investors and energy clients on complex government entitlement and regulatory matters and with governmental entities throughout the western United States. Prior to joining Latham, Clif served as Chief of Staff to the San Diego City Council President, and served as the Committee Consultant to the San Diego City Council’s Land Use and Housing Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. Clif has also run political campaigns for state and local candidates and ballot propositions.