Network 9 History and Political Science

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Colt Hall Forum
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Interact with nine or more professionals from your field of interest. Learn more about what they do, where they work, and how they got started – all at an event that’s small enough to promote real conversations.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Colt Hall Forum

5:00 p.m. Check-In and Pre-Networking
5:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

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Moderator, Megan Ekard- Collins, Director of Community Outreach and Governmental Relations, Point Loma Nazarene University


City of San Diego
David Alvarez – Councilmember

David Alvarez is a graduate of San Diego State University of California where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2002.  He worked as a District Representative for the California State Senate from 2005 to 2010.  Alvarez was elected to the San Diego City Council in November of 2010.  As a Councilmember, he is working to correct the inequities that District 8 has faced over the years. His assignments include, Chair of the Natural Resources & Culture Committee, and he is a member of the Land Use & Housing, Public Safety & Neighborhood Services, and SANDAG Borders Committees.  Additionally, he serves on the Ad-Hoc Committee on Redevelopment, Otay Valley Regional Park Policy Committee, Bayshore Bikeway Working Group and the SAFE/AVA Board.  Prior to being elected, Alvarez started his career as a social services worker and after-school teacher before being selected to the prestigious Capitol Fellows Program and served under the Secretary of State.  After completing his fellowship in Sacramento, he returned to San Diego to work with a company that develops new opportunities for affordable housing. Over the last six years prior to his election, Alvarez represented Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny as a liaison to the communities of District 8. 

Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Tom Andrews - Research Historian and Special Collections, Special Assistant to the Dean of the Library

Dr. Tom Andrews is a Pasadena College alumnus.  He received the Distinguished Achievement Award last year from the PLNU Alumni Association.  He was a dearly loved history teacher at Pasadena College.   Rather than relocating to San Diego when the school relocated,  Dr. Andrews went to teach at Azusa Pacific University and then became VP and Academic Dean at Westmont.   Dr. Andrews later became Executive Director of the Historical Society of Southern California, but later returned to APU to continue teaching in 2005 and has been there ever since.  The PLNU alums keep requesting he attend their class reunions, introduce them if they’re receiving a PLNU alumni award, etc.   He is still very popular with our alums.  Dr. Andrews has  been in the midst of a 400 year celebration /exhibition of the King James Bible for APU recently. He also administers a program called Keeping History Alive where history teachers from K-12 are awarded grants. This past year was the 8th year and they passed the $1 Million Dollar mark!

Naval Facilities Engineering Command, SW
Alex Bethke, Historian and Cultural Resources Program Manager

Alex Bethke is a graduate from the University of San Diego, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science in 2004.  Alex continued his education at Arizona State University where he received his Master of Arts in Public History in 2007 while also interning for the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office. After his graduate work, Bethke served as a Historic Preservation Planner for the Delaware County Planning Department outside Philadelphia and conducted private consulting on the side. Bethke currently works as the Southwest Cultural Resource Program Lead for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Navy Region Southwest. For these two organizations, Bethke and his team provide contract support, technical expertise, and cultural resource policy and strategy to military installations across the Navy's award-winning Southwest programs.  Under this obligation, Bethke and his team are responsible for programming, receiving, and contracting an annual region budget of around $2.5M annually and dealing with overages and shortfalls in today's changing economy. Specifically, Bethke facilitates the Navy's management of historic resources in compliance with Sections 106 and 110 of NHPA, among other federal regulations. Such management includes conducting historical research, providing expertise on survey/evaluations, nominations, mitigation, and management (Cultural Resource Studies, ICRMPs, Research Designs, etc.) to balance historic preservation regulations with Navy and Marine Corps mission critical projects.

Latham & Watkins LLP
Aaron Friberg - Associate

Aaron Friberg earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy/Theology from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2004. After graduating, Friberg worked at a local hotel for two years where he became active with the Hotel Employees/Restaurant Employees labor union. Subsequently, he graduated from UCLA School of Law. Prior to starting his legal practice, Friberg was the field director for the David Alvarez for City Council campaign.  His current practice focuses on representing institutional lenders in the hospitality/gaming space. Aaron currently serves as a board member on the Consolidated Plan Advisory Board, a city commission that advises the San Diego City Council on HUD money allocations.

San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Lorena Gonzalez - Secretary-Treasurer & CEO

Lorena Gonzalez earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Stanford University.  She continued on to receive her Master of Arts in American Government at Georgetown University in 1995 and went on to graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles – School of Law in 1999.  Upon graduation, she worked as the Senior Advisor for the office of Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante for the next 7 years.  Since 2006, Gonzalez has served as the Secretary – Treasurer and CEO at San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  Gonzalez has extensive experience working on political campaigns, public policy, and political analysis.

Monte Vista High School
Michael Johnson - Teacher Economics, Government, and Advanced Placement Geography

Michael Johnson is a veteran high school teacher and author. He holds his Bachelor's Degree in History and teaching credential through George Mason University. He also has a Master's in Business Administration through National University.  Johnson has worked with numerous students to make the transition to and through college as a teacher in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program.  As an outgrowth of this experience, he has authored The College Field Manual: A Young Adult’s Guide to Faith, Finance, and Education.  Johnson routinely supervises student teachers and has served as a mentor to new teachers through the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.  Johnson currently teaches economics, government, and Advanced Placement geography at Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, California. In addition, he serves as the school’s staff adviser to the No Compromise Christian Club.  A servant at heart, Johnson is a member of Pathways Community Church and resides in Santee, California, with his wife and four children.

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Mike Kulis - Director, Inter-Governmental and Community Relations

Mike Kulis graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1991.  After graduation, he accepted a job at the U.S. Senator Arlen Specter’s office where he worked as a Legislative Assistant for the next five years.  In 1996, Kulis accepted a position with the San Diego County as Deputy Chief of Staff Supervisor at Dianne Jacob’s office.   He currently works as the Director, Inter-Governmental and Community Relations at the San Diego Country Regional Airport Authority where he has been since the summer of 2003.

City of San Diego – Council District 6
Job Nelson – Chief of Staff

Job Nelson serves as the Chief of Staff and handles policy duties for Councilmember Zapf. Prior to coming on board, he served Mayor Jerry Sanders as the Director of Intergovernmental Relations. The Intergovernmental Relations Department oversees the City’s lobbying efforts in Sacramento and Washington D.C., as well as serving as the City’s interface with SANDAG, Regional Airport Authority, and other regional governmental efforts.  He served as the City’s liaison to the California Big 10 Mayor’s Alliance and was one of the City’s representatives at the Urban Partnership Advisory Group run by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Nelson’s career in public service includes serving as Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former San Diego Mayor Susan Golding and as a Policy Consultant to the California Senate Minority Leader.  Nelson’s private sector experience includes heading up University Relations for Point Loma Nazarene University, serving as a Director with Public Policy Strategies and as a Research Analyst with the local polling firm, Competitive Edge Research. Nelson obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University.

County of San Diego
Jill Monroe – CAO Staff Officer for the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)

Jill Monroe is a 2007 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in History and International Studies. Upon graduation, she served in the office of Mayor Jerry Sanders as the policy liaison for Parks and Recreation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Homeless, Social Services, and domestic violence issues. In 2009 she joined the County of San Diego and served as legislative staff to County Board of Supervisors, Dianne Jacob and Pam Slater-Price. During her time with the Board, Monroe developed her knowledge of health policy, focusing on issues of physical and behavioral health, childhood obesity, self sufficiency programs and prescription drug abuse. For the past two years she has served as the CAO Staff Officer for the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) with the County of San Diego. In this role she is a member of the HHSA Leadership Team, serving as a liaison between the HHSA Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO), County Chief Administrative Office (CAO), the Board of Supervisors, other County departments and local community organizations.