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Science & Technology: The Next Generation

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The San Diego Foundation - Hoffman Room

2508 Historic Decatur Road

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San Diego, CA 92106

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With breakthrough technology companies and research organizations, the San Diego region is recognized as one of the leading high-tech hubs and most dynamic economies in the nation.


Yet, not all students have the opportunity to explore and pursue STEM-related fields that lead to innovation economy jobs and a robust, diverse talent pool for local businesses. Nationally, just 25 percent of STEM-oriented bachelor’s degrees are awarded to Latino and African-American students.


Join The San Diego Foundation and local students from the Science & Technology program to learn about their work and our efforts to change their trajectory and strengthen our economy. Hear from a panel of experts about the importance of inclusive economic growth and how community leaders are working together to open more pathways for San Diego students to become scientists and engineers.


Light appetizers and beverages will be served. Parking is available in the lot across the street on Historic Decatur Road.


RSVP by Monday, January 28. For questions, please contact Heather Rossetti at (619) 814-1363 or HeatherR@SDFoundation.org.


Our Panelists

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Erik Caldwell, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Smart and Sustainable Communities, City of San Diego

As Deputy COO for the City of San Diego, Erik oversees the Smart and Sustainable Communities Branch which includes the Development Services, Economic Development, Planning, and Sustainability departments. The Branch provides services that engage its citizens and improve service delivery by leveraging Smart Cities technologies. Erik previously advised elected officials at the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, and State of California. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from CSU San Marcos, and a master's degree from San Diego State University.

Carrie Sawyer, Manager of Inclusion and Diversity, Qualcomm

Carrie Sawyer comes from the field of User Experience where she worked for 13 years to understand the needs, expectations and behaviors of people to better inform the design process. Carrie is now applying her people-centered perspective to developing and implementing a diversity and inclusion roadmap for the company. She is working to improve representation in tech and is focused on building teams where each person can feel valued, contribute fully and achieve their career goals. Carrie received a bachelor’s degree in New Media Arts and Science from Indiana University and a master's degree in Human Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan.


Eduardo Velasquez, Research Manager, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
As Research Manager at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Eduardo is responsible for analyzing the scale and depth of impact that industry and development have on the region's economy. Additionally, he is EDC’s Cleantech lead, supporting companies that make up a $1.6 billion industry cluster and directly employ 6,000 people in the region. Prior to joining EDC, Eduardo worked as an economist at Wells Fargo Bank. Eduardo earned a master's Degree in Business Economics in 2008 from UC Santa Barbara, and dual bachelor’s degrees in Business Economics and Law & Society.


Katie Rast (Moderator), Director of Community Impact, The San Diego Foundation

Katie Rast manages the Community Impact Team at The San Diego Foundation, overseeing programs by stewarding and establishing a set of strategies that will support the mission and values of the organization, as well as maximize the impact of philanthropic investments. Previously she served as Executive Director for Fab Lab, Senior Strategy Advisor for UC San Diego Design Lab, Program Lead for LRNG, Director of Marketing for Cal Coast and Manager for the General Electric Brilliant Career Lab pilot initiative. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Society from Goddard College.

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