When I joined Intesa in 2016 to build our government relations practice from the ground up, my goal was to represent clients seeking to do meaningful business with governments across the region from the South Bay to North County, and everywhere in between.
Over the years, we’ve provided counsel to a variety of respected companies and causes such as San Diego State University, SeaWorld San Diego, Brookfield Properties, H.G. Fenton Company, SBCS, and vrbo.
We’ve also delivered big wins and positive outcomes for our client partners, including the final acquisition of SDSU Mission Valley that made way for SnapDragon Stadium, neighborhood support for development projects that will bring much needed housing to our region, and working alongside SBCS as they led Project Artemis, the convention center shelter for unaccompanied migrants in 2021.
Intesa’s role in transformational community projects like these is what I’m most proud of. To me, helping to create a better San Diego is what it’s all about.
One personal note; as a mother of two young boys, Project Artemis was a partnership especially meaningful to me as we worked with community, nonprofit, and government leaders to ensure a successful shelter for the thousands of young children who made the tortuous trek across our borders in search of a better life.
Project Artemis was a true collaboration that resulted in re-unification of more than 2,400 children with family members and sponsors. The resiliency of the children we served and the spirit of partnership amongst the volunteers and providers was remarkable. I will carry that experience with me for the rest of my life.
In addition to my focus on client success, much of my attention goes to my role as a Partner and co-owner at Intesa. I am vigilant about the importance of cultivating an intended culture of a humans-first workplace. (Exhibit A: our 2021 team scavenger hunt in Carlsbad) From our PTO policy (unlimited), health benefits and 401K match (4%), to our annual team retreats and handwritten notes of appreciation, we are fully invested in our people.
Intesa is a hybrid work environment where the brightest, most trusted, and proven professionals do their very best work, and have fun while they’re at it. Maintaining that culture takes constant effort and it’s a responsibility that brings me great joy.
“Off the clock” I enjoy serving the San Diego community in a variety of ways. I am especially proud of my service on local nonprofit boards including Civic San Diego/Civic Community Ventures (Board Chair); U.S.S. Midway Museum (Executive Committee Member, Education Committee Chair); Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (Advisor); County of San Diego Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board (Board Member).
This year, Intesa is proudly celebrating 10 years of doing our best work for companies and people we believe in. I’m honored to recognized for my role in co-leading a business that puts people first and helps thoughtful leaders shape San Diego for the better. We approach our business partnerships and culture the way we do for no other reason than we believe it’s the right thing to do. To be recognized for success with that business model is quite special.