The San Diego Diplomacy Council’s Advisory Board meets bi-annually to guide our council, to open doors to new opportunities, to make suggestions on how we can improve, and to create connections.
Retired Foreign Service Officer
George is a retired American diplomat (Foreign Service Officer). In addition to co-chairing the San Diego Diplomacy Council’s Advisory Board, he currently serves on the City of San Diego’s International Affairs Board, on the Executive Board and as Liaison Officer for the House of Pacific Relations (HPR) and the House of Peru in Balboa Park, and chairs HPRs New International Cottages Construction Committee. Read more
He is also a member of the Steele Canyon High School Board and San Diego County’s Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group. He periodically offers lectures on international topics for local universities (SDSU, UCSD, Pt Loma, USD) and other organizations, specializing in East Asian Pacific region and the Middle East. His languages are English, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Korean. He and Gladys own and operate Vineyard Hacienda (vineyardhacienda.com), a boutique accommodation and events property in Spring Valley.
Honorary Consul of Peru in San Diego, Emeritus
Gladys, a proud native of Peru, educated in Europe and having traveled or lived all over the globe, brought her discerning taste and keen eye to oversee the development of Vineyard Hacienda these past twenty years. Along with her late father, Abelardo, they designed and planted not only the vineyard but all of the extensive grounds on this special 9-acre property. Read more
In addition to her vital role as caretaker of Vineyard hacienda, Gladys raised a family and became extremely involved in her community as a volunteer. Among her many activities she has served as Honorary Consul of Peru and on the Executive Board of the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
Gladys and her children Julissa, Katty and Joseph founded the House of Peru, and she has served as a Board member of Boys and Girls Foundation, Sustainer at Junior League of San Diego, Board Member at the Committee of 100, on the Group of Twelve – the list goes on and on. Gladys has shared her graciousness, generosity and the spirit that has become Vineyard hacienda throughout San Diego
Judge Richard Huffman
Fourth District Court of Appeal
Justice Richard Huffman was appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of California by Governor George Deukmejian in October of 1988 following his tenure as a Judge of the Superior Court for San Diego County since April of 1985. Read more
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Huffman served as Chief Deputy District Attorney for over 10 years and as Assistant District Attorney for the remainder of his 14 years service with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. In those positions he was responsible for the overall supervision of a staff of 450, while at the same time personally taking to trial a number of complex and sensitive cases. His contributions to the administration of justice and his trial skills brought him four singular honors: “Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year” by the California District Attorneys Association, “Outstanding Public Lawyer” by the San Diego County Bar Association, “Prosecutor of the Year” by Citizens for Law and Order, and selection for membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was also the recipient in 1988 of the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association’s “Trial Judge of the Year Award.” In 2012 Justice Huffman was presented with the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence by the Judicial Council of California.
Director, Center for Environment and National Security, UCSD/Scripps
Reno L. Harnish III is the Director of the Center for Environment and National Security (CENS) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography UC San Diego. He was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service (American diplomat) and formerly served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science. Harnish received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, a Master’s in International Studies from American University, and a Master’s in Economics in 1975. Read more
Before entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Harnish worked as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, an international economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and as a clerk for Congressman Dave Martin of Nebraska.
Later, he served as the Environment, Science and Technology Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, as Economic and Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy to the German Democratic Republic, in the Office of Developed Country Trade at the Department of State, as an Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, a Political Officer in the Status Liaison Office in Saipan, and an Economic Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria.
Mr. Harnish speaks German, Italian, Swedish, and some Azerbaijani. He was honored for Presidential Meritorious Service, received Senior performance pay twice, and has been awarded a Meritorious and two Superior Honor Awards.
CFO, Quantum Design International
Mr. David M. Schultz serves as Chief Financial Officer of Quantum Design, Inc. Mr. Schultz joined Quantum Design in 1991. Mr. Schultz serves as the volunteer Chief Financial Officer of the Arthritis Foundation San Diego Chapter. He has primary responsibility for Quantum Design’s financial affairs and has overseen a steady stream of record profits. He also manages banking relationships which have allowed Quantum Design record growth without dilution of the owner’s equity interest. Read more
Prior to joining QD, he was a regional controller for Blockbuster Entertainment and an audit manager with Coopers & Lybrand. He is a director of Quantum Design Japan and a manager of MagnaBioSciences, LLC and QD Advanced Research, LLC. He is on the board of directors of the Arthritis Foundation San Diego Chapter and the San Diego World Trade Center. He has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from University of California, Irvine.
Government Relations, San Diego Airport Authority
Kamaal Martin is a Government Relations Specialist at San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. He has been the District Director and Special Assistant to the Speaker of the California State Assembly. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in History and International Studies from the University of Oregon. He is also a Board Member of Project New Village.
Darlene G. Davies
Balboa Park/Old Globe/SDSU Emeritus
Darlene Davies graduated San Diego State in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication Administration and her Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders in 1965. She’s a published writer in Speech Pathology, San Diego history, and co-producer of educational videos on international topics among others. Read more
With her long standing love of theatre and the arts, and her commitment to improving our community, Darlene served for eight years as a member of San Diego City Commission on the Status of Women, two terms on San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, nine years on the City Park & Recreation Board (simultaneously serving on the Balboa Park Committee, four years as Chair), twelve years on the Old Globe Theatre Board, and five years on the Board of YWCA of San Diego County. Darlene Davies achieved a unique trifecta of honors, November 14, 2006 which included “Darlene Davies Day” proclamations by the San Diego City Council, San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the State of California.
JP Morgan Chase
Mike Clark is an industry recognized business designer and a member of the Business Architecture Guild Advisory Board. Mike grew up interested in both the complications and detail of engineering and the thoughtfulness and simplicity of art. Across his career he has applied these interests to define numerous business design frameworks across a variety of industries and solve the elusive outside in and inside out alignment. More recently Mike became an advisory board member of the business architecture guild. He previously held positions at JP Morgan Chase and other institutions.
Susan L. Shirk (born c. 1945) is an expert on Chinese politics and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. She was in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia). She is currently a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Senior Director of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, where she assists clients with issues related to East Asia. She is married to Samuel L. Popkin, another prominent UCSD professor. Read more
Susan Shirk was born circa 1945. She received her B.A. in political science from Mount Holyoke College in 1967, her M.A. in Asian studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1968, and her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. She first traveled to China in 1971 as a member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars.
Shirk is the Ho Miu Lam Endowed Chair of China and Pacific Relations in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). She heads the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, a track II diplomatic initiative.
Elena Salsitz is one of the community’s leading experts in the field of protocol, diplomacy and management of visits of dignitaries, diplomats and high-level international and domestic guests of the city. After working as chief of protocol for the NASA/Johnson Space Center and an assignment at the White House, she amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing all logistics and details surrounding visits of hundreds of dignitaries from across the country and around the world. Read more
Elena has extended the reach of the protocol office to several organizations, including the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association, World Affairs Council, San Diego World Trade Center, Japan Society of San Diego/Tijuana and the San Diego Concierge Association. She also coordinated making the 9/11 Day of Remembrance and established strong ties with the San Diego area military community. Elena has established strong ties with many sectors and sub-communities within the city, and during her tenure, San Diego has gained an additional two sister cities: Jalalabad, Afghanistan and the Shannon Region of Ireland.
Elena has also coordinated or participated in visits by the President, White House officials, international officials and many other notable visitors. Elena participates in community organizations including the Japan Society of San Diego/Tijuana, Citizens Diplomacy Council of S.D., KPBS, Crawford High School Somalian/Ethiopian Refugee Education Program, Bird Rock Elementary’s Homework Help Center, READ San Diego’s Citizenship Exam Preparation Program, Duke University Alumni Admissions Agency, Refugee Services Agency, Better Business Bureau, American Cancer Society and is a graduate of Leadership Houston. Her awards include being listed in Who’s Who Among American Women; the NASA/Johnson Space Center’s Certificate of Commendation, Outstanding Performance Award, Superior Achievement Award and Go the Extra Mile Award; and the NASA Administrator’s Commendation for management of JSC Distinguished Visitors Program.
Honorary Consul of Philippines in San Diego
Audie de Castro has 17 years of legal experience in both transactional law and litigation. He started his career working on high stakes estate and trust litigation for a boutique firm in San Francisco. He aggressively litigates business, corporate, real estate and investment matters, including those involving fraud or misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, securities, and franchise violations, and breach of contract. Read more
Utilizing his forensic accounting background, he has successfully prosecuted claims against controlling shareholders, directors and principals. He has obtained large settlements and has won trials. He serves on the Board of Governors for the San Diego Foundation, the largest foundation in the county. In 2011, he was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego as Chairman of the Consolidated Plan Advisory Board for the city, which advises the City Council on the distribution of millions of dollars of community development block grant funds (CDBG).
He is former Vice-Chair and Commissioner of the City of San Diego Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission. He is also past President of the Asian Business Association of San Diego and the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of LEAD San Diego (2003). Mr. de Castro graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was a senior staff member of the University of San Francisco Law Review and McAuliffe Honor Society (top 10%). He is a member of the State Bar of California. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Southern and Central District, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of San Diego.
James C. Clark
Executive Director, San Diego/Tijuana Smart Border Coalition
James Clark is the Managing Director and Director of Development for California/Bajio Associates. C/BA works to link academic, business and civic enterprises between the Californias (California/Baja California) Read more
Clark is a native of Illinois, and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana with a B.S. in Marketing. After military service in New York, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Würzburg, Germany, he began his professional career in San Diego as an advertising account executive. Among his clients at the time were the San Diego Padres, Caliente Racecourse and various real estate developments. With a partner, he moved north to found a Los Angeles-based magazine company to publish airline in-flight magazines. When he left that company—East/West Network—ten years later, more than 60 percent of all flights in the United States carried the company’s magazines. Following publishing ventures included serving as President/Publisher of San Francisco Magazine, the city magazine for the Bay Area, and Publisher of The Executive, a business magazine that profiled Los Angeles and Orange County companies through the eyes of those companies’ chief executive officers. Clark was also Director of Magazine Development at Freedom Communications in Irvine, and interim publisher of both World Trade and Latin Trade magazines, based in Irvine and Miami, respectively.
Prior to leading the California/Bajio Associates, Clark was the Founding Executive Director of the San Diego/Tijuana Smart Border Coalition (2007/2017). The Coalition is the leading bi-national organization working to ease border wait times between California and Baja California. It is the only regional organization with board members equally from Both San Diego and Tijuana. The Coalition also promotes the San Diego-Tijuana Region for investment, and is an advocacy group for bi-national border efficiency issues in Mexico City and Washington.
Clark was the founding Director of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Mexico Business Center and led the organization for 11 years (2003-2014). Before joining the SDRCC, he was Director for the Californias of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, based in Los Angeles (1997-2003). The United States-Mexico Chamber is headquartered in Washington, D. C. with sub-headquarters in Mexico City.
He was an International Friendship Commissioner for the City of Chula Vista, and has served on the Advisory Boards of San Diego Citizen’s Diplomacy Council, XLNC1 Classical Radio and LEAD San Diego. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Community Foundation and Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center as well as having served as the U.S. California Regional Team Leader for FUMEC and BIMI (Border Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative). He is a member of the North American Competitiveness Initiative of the George W. Bush Center, Dallas. He also continues as an Honorary Board Member of the San Diego/Tijuana Smart Border Coalition as well as being an honorary board member of Mainly Mozart 25 and the South (San Diego) County Economic Development Council. He was inducted into the Tijuana Paseo de la Fama in 2015.
Clark has been honored by the Congress of the United States, California State Senate, the State of Baja California, the Consulates General of Canada, Mexico and the United States, Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, Tijuana Innovadora, Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, and the Mayors of San Diego and Tijuana among others for his service to the region.
House of Pacific Relations, Balboa Park
Eugenie A. King is the President of the House of Pacific Relations of Balboa Park.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego