Welcoming San Diego is a City of San Diego initiative designed 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 awarded the Gateways for Growth grant to bring together other local government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses to develop a strategic plan on immigrant integration. In February of 2019, the City of San Diego formally launched the Welcoming San Diego Initiative accompanied by the Welcoming San Diego Strategic Plan. 


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

Photo by: San Diego-Union Tribune/ZUMA Press


San Diego Community College District

San Diego Continuing Education

San Diego County Community Action Partnership

San Diego Diplomacy Council

San Diego Economic Development Corporation

San Diego Foundation

San Diego Grantmakers

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium

San Diego LGBT Pride

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Peace Corps Association

San Diego Public Library

San Diego Refugee Forum

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

San Diego Workforce Partnership

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc.

San Diego Welcome Back Center

San Diego Youth Development Office

Scholars Strategy Network – San Diego Chapter

SEIU Local 221

Survivors of Torture, International

Trans-Border Institute, Kroc School, University of San Diego

UC San Diego Center for Comparative Immigration Studies

UC San Diego School Center for US-Mexican Studies

UC San Diego Yankelovich Center on Social Science Research

United Nations Association – San Diego

USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

Welcoming America

World Education Services

YMCA of San Diego County