Thank you to all who attended!

Center on Policy Initiatives 2010 Gala

Living Wages, Dignity, & Community for San Diego

October 6, 2010 | Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay

Honoring Our County Workers

Congratulations To Our Honorees:

Outstanding Leadership

Carol Wallace

President and CEO, San Diego Convention Center

Community Advocate

San Diego LGBT Community Center

Spirit of Service

Safety Net Workers of San Diego County

Keynote Speaker:

Robert C. Fellmeth

Founder and Executive Director, the Center for Public Interest Law and the Children’s Advocacy Institute, University of San diego


Greg Akili

CPI board member and NAACP regional field director

Rabbi Laurie Coskey

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County

Musical Entertainment:

Charlie Imes & The Hodad Surf Club


Event Details


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay

1355 North Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

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Congratulations To Our Honorees:

Outstanding Leadership

Carol Wallace

Carol Wallace is president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where she has led the bayside facility for nearly 20 years. She is responsible for the overall management, marketing and operation of the facility, and oversees a staff of more than 550 and an annual budget that exceeds $32 million.

Ms. Wallace's hard work and dedication have earned her numerous industry and community accolades. Most recently, she was selected as the North American representative on the AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) board of directors. Last year, KPBS honored her with a "2009 Black History Month Local Hero Award" for her high level of commitment, community participation and work to positively impact the San Diego Community.

Community Advocate

San Diego LGBT Community Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, (d.b.a., The Center) is the nation's second oldest and third largest LGBT community center. Functioning as the LGBT community's leadership organization, The Center is led by an 18-member board of directors, employs over 40 paid staff and utilizes more than 800 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights.

The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, working families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and all those struggling with HIV. In 2010 The Center served more than 46,000 San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.

Spirit of Service

Safety Net Workers of San Diego County

Caregivers and service providers who uphold San Diego County's social safety net.

Thank you for your support!


San Diego Building Trades Council & Family Housing Corporation



AFSCME Local 127 & District Council 36

American Federation of Teachers Local 1931

Bill & Lisa Barkett

Lawrence & Suzanne Hess

Painters & Allied Trades District Council 36

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLC

San Diego LGBT Community Center

San Diego Municipal Employees Association

SEIU Local 721

SEIU Local 1000

Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

UFCW Local 135

United Domestic Workers of America


Barbara Bry & Neil Senturia

IBEW Local 569

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice

Iron Workers Local 229

Laborers Training & Community Development Alliance

Laborers Local 89

MAAC Project

Gracia Molina de Pick

Harle Montgomery

Sara Moser

Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 230

San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council

San Diego City Firefighters

San Diego Convention Center Corporation & Centerplate

San Diego Education Association

San Diego Police Officers Association

SEIU Local 221

Fern Steiner

Sheet Metal Workers Local 206

Teamsters Local 36

Sandra Timmons

Tosdal Smith Steiner & Wax

William L. Curtis Retirees Club of San Diego

Carol & Martin Wilson


Deborah Szekely & Rancho La Puerta

Ivan Cooper & Lowe's of Mission Valley

Ruben Camacho & Konica Minolta

Sun & Moon Vision Productions

Greg Akili

Rabbi Laurie Coskey

Raffle Winners

A Week for Two at Rancho La Puerta

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds

Two-Night Stay at the Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay

Pat Zaharopoulos

Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets! All proceeds benefit CPI.