Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of SANDAG and is made up of elected mayors, councilmembers, and county supervisors that are appointed from each of the region’s 19 local governments. The Board of Directors serves as the forum for bringing together our local governments and public agencies to plan, program, and implement cooperative comprehensive planning across the San Diego region.  

To help SANDAG address key public policy and funding responsibilities, the Board has delegated certain responsibilities to six Policy Advisory Committees that are focused on distinct issue areas. All items delegated to the Policy Advisory Committees are subject to Board ratification.

The Board of Directors meetings are generally held at 10 a.m. every second Friday of the month for approximately two hours and at 9 a.m. every fourth Friday of the month for approximately three hours. Meetings provide the public forum for policy decision-making on significant regional issues such as growth, transportation, environmental management, housing, open space, air quality, energy, fiscal management, economic development, and criminal justice. 

Staff contact: Ariana Galvan, 619.699.1977,

Membership - As of December 6, 2023

Hon. Nora Vargas

First Vice Chair
Hon. Sean Elo-Rivera

Second Vice Chair
Hon. Lesa Heebner

City of Carlsbad
Melanie Burkholder, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Priya Bhat-Patel, Mayor Pro Tem
(A) Hon. Keith Blackburn, Mayor

City of Chula Vista
Hon. Carolina Chavez, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Alfonso Gonzalez, Councilmember
(A) Hon.  Jose Preciado, Deputy Mayor 

City of Coronado
Hon. John Duncan, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Mike Donovan, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Richard Bailey, Mayor

City of Del Mar
Hon. Terry Gaasterland, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Tracy Martinez, Mayor
(A) Hon. Dave Druker, Councilmember

City of El Cajon
Hon. Bill Wells, Mayor
(A) Hon. Steve Goble, Deputy Mayor

City of Encinitas
Hon. Tony Kranz, Mayor
(A) Hon. Kellie Hinze, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Joy Lyndes, Deputy Mayor

City of Escondido
Hon. Dane White, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Michael Morasco, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Joe Garcia, Councilmember

City of Imperial Beach
Hon. Jack Fisher, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Mitch McKay, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Matthew Leyba-Gonzalez, Mayor Pro Tem

City of La Mesa
Hon. Jack Shu, Councilmember 
(A) Hon. Mark Arapostathis, Mayor
(A) Hon. Patricia Dillard, Councilmember

City of Lemon Grove
Hon. Racquel Vasquez, Mayor
(A) Hon. Jennifer Mendoza, Councilmember
(A) Hon. George Gastil, Councilmember

City of National City
Hon. Ditas Yamane, Vice Mayor
(A) Hon. Jose Rodriguez, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Luz Molina, Councilmember

City of Oceanside
Hon. Ryan Keim, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Peter Weiss, Councilmember

City of Poway
Hon. Steve Vaus, Mayor
(A) Hon. Caylin Frank, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Brian Pepin, Councilmember

City of San Diego
Hon. Todd Gloria, Mayor
(A) Hon. Raul Campillo, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Marni von Wilpert, Councilmember

Hon. Sean Elo-Rivera, Council President
(A) Hon. Vivian Moreno, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Joe LaCava, Councilmember

City of San Marcos
Hon. Rebecca Jones, Mayor
(A) Hon. Ed Musgrove, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Sharon Jenkins, Mayor Pro Tem

City of Santee
Hon. John Minto, Mayor
(A) Hon. Laura Koval, Vice Mayor
(A) Hon. Ronn Hall, Councilmember

City of Solana Beach
Hon. Lesa Heebner, Mayor
(A) Hon. David A. Zito, Deputy Mayor
(A) Hon. Jewel Edson, Councilmember

City of Vista
Hon. Katie Melendez, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Dan O’Donnell, Councilmember
(A) Hon. John Franklin, Mayor

County of San Diego
Hon. Nora Vargas, Chair
(A) Hon. Terra Lawson-Remer, Supervisor

Hon. Joel Anderson, Supervisor
(A) Hon. Terra Lawson-Remer, Supervisor

Imperial County
Jesus Eduardo Escobar, Supervisor 
(A) Vacant

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Tony Tavares, Executive Director
(A) Gustavo Dallarda, Director, District 11
(A) Ann Fox, Deputy Director, District 11

Metropolitan Transit System
Hon. Matthew Leyba-Gonzalez
(A) Hon. Carolina Chavez

North County Transit District
Hon. Jewel Edson
(A) Hon. Priya Bhat-Patel
(A) Hon. Sharon Jenkins

United States Department of Defense
Dennis Keck, Executive Director, Navy Region Southwest
(A) Anna Shepherd, Navy Region Southwest

Port of San Diego
Hon. Joe Stuyvesant, President/Chief Executive Officer
(A) Vacant

San Diego County Water Authority
Mel Katz, Representative
(A) Nick Serrano, Alternate
(A) Consuelo Martinez, Alternate

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Gil Cabrera, Chair
(A) James Sly, Board member

Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association
Hon. Cody Martinez, Chairman, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Hon. Erica Pinto, Chairwoman, Jamul Indian Village of California

Mexico (Consulate General of Mexico)
Hon. Carlos González Gutiérrez, Cónsul General of Mexico
(A) Hon. Gilberto Luna, Deputy Cónsul General of Mexico
(A) Hon. Natalia Figueroa, Vice Cónsul General of Mexico