Alexis Dixon

Based in San Diego, Dixon has mediated disputes for troubled government agencies, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 corporations across the U.S. and abroad. Employing humanistic psychotherapy, Dixon leads clients to solutions that honor all parties’ essential interests.

In addition to his practice, Dixon lectures at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. He also oversees Notes to Our Sons and Daughters, an art project that shares the wisdom of corporate and societal elders with the next generation.


Tracy Johnson

Her lab has most recently been interested in the coordination of these reactions with RNA synthesis and chromatin modification. Dr. Johnson is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and serves on a number of scientific boards and federal Grant Review panels. In 2013, she received the UCSD Chancellors Associates Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and in 2013 was selected as one of the Top 20 Women Professors in California. In 2014, Dr. Johnson was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. As one of 15 leading scientist-educators, the distinction recognizes leadership in research and education, and provides $1 million over five years to create innovative activities that integrate research with undergraduate education.


Luisa Reyes

In her former position as STEM program manager at the Institute of the Americas, she has taken STEM Programs to an international audience designing workshops for students and instructors in Argentina and Mexico.


Sean Elo-Rivera

After law school, Sean came to work in District 9 as a director at Mid-City CAN, a local nonprofit. While there, Sean led a team of dedicated community organizers as they worked with the community to turn their hopes and dreams into reality. They fought for no-cost bus passes for youth, better food in schools, and for critical changes to prevent our young people from being treated unfairly by the justice system. He also helped build a civic engagement team to help ensure District 9 voices were represented at the polls.


Rear Adm. Len Hering Sr.

Hering holds a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, a M.S in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and an M.B.M from Salve Regina University.

His sea assignments included duty aboard USS Santa Barbara (AE 28), USS Fahrion (FFG 22); USS Aries (PHM 5) as Commanding Officer and USS Doyle (FFG 39) as Commanding Officer. His assignments ashore include duty on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twelve; aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Naval Warfare; Action Officer Joint Operations Directorate J-33, The Joint Staff; 1st Battalion Officer and Ethics Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy and Commanding Officer of Naval Base San Diego.

His Flag Officer assignments include Commander, Naval Surface Group Pacific Northwest; Commander, Navy Region Northwest, and Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

While a Flag Officer, his principle efforts were focused on everything from renewable energy to responsible water use and conservation of all types. He built a team recognized throughout the Department of Defense as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation. Within three years, the team reduced energy consumption by nearly 42%, diverted 70% of Navy waste from landfills and reduced water consumption by more than one billion gallons, saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. Hering instigated wind, thermal, photovoltaic and conversion technology at all levels in Navy facilities. President Bush awarded Hering a 2005 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.


Karen E. Nelson

Dr. Nelson is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. Other honors include being named ARCS Scientist of the Year 2017; a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology; being inducted into the Indian National Academy of Sciences in 2018; and being appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies as well as a Helmholtz International Fellow.

Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial physiology and metagenomics. Dr. Nelson has led several genomic and metagenomic efforts, and led the first human metagenomics study that was published in 2006. Additional ongoing studies in her group include metagenomic approaches to study the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, studies on the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal disease conditions, reference genome sequencing and analysis primarily for the human body, and other -omics studies.


J. Craig Venter

Dr. Venter and his team at JCVI continue to blaze new trails in genomics. They have sequenced and analyzed hundreds of genomes, and have published numerous important papers covering such areas as environmental genomics, the first complete diploid human genome, and the groundbreaking advance in creating the first self-replicating bacterial cell constructed entirely with synthetic DNA.

Dr. Venter is one of the most frequently cited scientists, and the author of more than 280 research articles. He is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, public honors, and scientific awards, including the 2008 United States National Medal of Science, the 2002 Gairdner Foundation International Award, the 2001 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize and the King Faisal International Award for Science. Dr. Venter is a member of numerous prestigious scientific organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Society for Microbiology.

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Amb. Jamal Khokhar

From 2006-2008, he took leave from government to join the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. where he was Chief of Staff to the President of the Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, and later led the creation of the Bank’s Department of Outreach and Partnerships – a department dedicated to establishing innovative social impact partnerships with the private sector, NGOs, and private foundations.

Mr. Khokhar has studied at McGill University in Montreal, the University of Ottawa, and the American University in Washington DC. He was a Fellow of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Institute for International Affairs in 2002-03. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for leadership and excellence in strategy development and implementation of Canada’s engagement in the Americas.