Welcoming San Diego is a multi-sector effort to advance the civic, social and economic integration of immigrants and refugees. We envision a vibrant, inclusive, and safe binational region that attracts families and businesses from around the world and that all San Diegans can flourish in.

As the birthplace of California, San Diego is a gateway for newcomers searching for freedom and opportunity. Our strength and future is tied to our ability to ensure New Americans can fully participate in civic life, access public resources, and contribute their skills.

San Diego was recently awarded the Gateways for Growth grant to bring together local government, nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses to develop a strategic plan on immigrant integration. We will convene residents and community leaders to contribute ideas throughout first half of 2018 that will culminate in a plan that includes recommendations on policies, practices and innovations to create a more welcoming environment and improve the quality of life for all in our dynamic binational region for the next three to five years.


Mary Abad

San Diego International Affairs Board

Abdi Abdillahi

County of San Diego

Paola Avila

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Karim Bouris

Business for Good

Ciria Brewer

San Diego Unified School District

Dwayne Crenshaw

RISE San Diego

Carlos Turner Cortez

San Diego Continuing Education

Joel Day

City of San Diego

Dale Fleming

County of San Diego

Denice Garcia

Office of Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Erin Tsurumoto Grassi

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium

Stephen Groce

San Diego Human Relations Commission

Andrea Guerrero

Alliance San Diego

Linda Caballero Sotelo

New Americans Museum

Mark Tran

The California Endowment

Samuel Tsoi

UC San Diego; RISE San Diego

Eduardo Velasquez

San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Tom Wong

UC San Diego

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