MISSION STATEMENT

The San Diego Event Coalition advocates for event professionals in San Diego County, and works to educate the industry and government officials on standards for safe operation of events.

ABOUT US

Events create meaningful experiences for the community and celebrate our humanity. The live event industry, often overlooked by public agencies, employs thousands of event professionals in San Diego County.  When SDEC was formed as a grass roots coalition in 2020 our mission  was to create operational protocols to re-open events safely and to help event professionals get back to work after many months of canceled events due to CoVid.  These protocols are still being used by the County of San Diego as the gold standard for events.

 

Fast forward to 2021, and SDEC has been transformed into an advocacy organization.  We work with government officials to bring positive results when it comes to regulations that affect the event industry. We advocate for policies that support event professionals, and we offer education, information sharing, and a forum to address the unique needs of the industry.

 

As a result of the SDEC’s advocacy, we have been able to affect change on multiple levels since 2020.  We continue to work with City, County and State officials and we are often contacted by government agencies for our expertise. 

 

SDEC can only continue our important work with support from our partners.  Please join us to receive full partner benefits. 

CLICK HERE to join SDEC.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Laurel McFarlane
McFarlane Productions
President
 
Yinka Freeman
Triple Pocket Events
Secretary
Martha Henderson
San Diego Pride
Treasurer
Kevin Hellman
SDS Events
Board Member
Rick Bauer
Kennedy & Associates
Board Member
Kira Finkenberg
The Kira Co.
Social Media Manager
Mike Kociela
SoCal Taco Fest
Vice President, Membership Manager
Brent Walla
Snapp & Associates
Board Member
Michelle Metter
Fast Forward Events
Board Member
Sandi Cottrell
ArtWalk San Diego
Board Member
Catherine Miller
Gator by the Bay
Board Member
Tonya Mantooth
San Diego Film Festival
Board Member

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Jenna Thompson
McFarlane Productions
Curt Brooker
ArtWalk San Diego
Peter Oliver
Gator by the Bay
Angela Verdenacci
The Event Factory

STAFF

Kevin Leap
kevinleap.com
Executive Director