People of the Year 2018


Photo by courtesy of Vesper Vineyards

Alysha Stehly is a fourth generation farmer who is one half of the brains and bodies of Vesper Vineyards, as well as the winemaker for Stehelon Vineyards. Read more

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Philomena Marina is a Barrio Logan resident, community environmental justice activist and a member of the Barrio Logan Planning Group. Read more

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Kate Clark is the director of Immigration Services for Jewish Family Service (JFS), and works with the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN), supporting families in San Diego impacted by increased immigration enforcement. Read more

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Photo courtesy of OutCo

Allison Justice is the vice president of Cultivation at El Cajon-based OutCo, the first licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the county that today includes indoor growing and research capabilities. Read more

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Photo courtesy of the Timken Museum

Megan Pogue is the executive director of the Timken Museum in Balboa Park. Before that, she worked for the San Diego Symphony for over a decade. Read more

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Dilkhwaz Ahmed is the executive director and co-founder of License to Freedom, an El Cajon-based nonprofit that assists refugee and immigrant survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Jill Steeves

Jill Steeves is a former homeless citizen and community director with Wakeland Apartments. Read more

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Photo by Andrew Marttila

A newcomer to San Diego, Shaw educates cat lovers on kitten rescue nationwide as the Kitten Lady and rescues kittens with her new, local nonprofit, Orphan Kitten Club. Read more

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Photo by Kimberly Mufferi

Daniella Benitez works with Build a Miracle, a nonprofit that builds homes for families in Mexico. She is also a board member of Kidbox’s Kids Board of Directors. Read more

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Tasha Williamson is the co-founder of The Compassion Project, a small group of community activists who support families when they lose a loved one to violence. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman is a prominent historian on LGBTQ communities and the immigrant experience. Read more

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Photo by Jim Sullivan

Mariah Brownwood is part owner of Royale!, a Point Loma burger and cocktail joint, as well as a farmer. Read more

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Photo by Sergey Kolivayko

Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins is currently the executive chef and partner of El Jardín, an upscale Mexican restaurant focusing on the variety of regional Mexican cuisines that opened this year in Liberty Station. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Tammy Greenwood

Tammy Greenwood is a novelist and educator. Read more

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Photo by Cody Howell / Dear Survivor

An actress and director, Nadia Guevara is associate artistic director of New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad, and a producer for NVA’s bilingual, bicultural program, Teatro Pueblo Nuevo. Read more

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Photo by Karen Farmer

Nichole MacDonald is an entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Sash. Read more

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Photo courtesy of UCSD Health

Steffanie Strathdee is the associate dean of global health sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Read more

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Photo by Earnie Grafton

Known as “The Craft Beer Attorney,” Candace Moon is on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Brewers Guild. Read more

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Photo by Kristy Walker

Shelbi Bennett is truly one of the hardest working women in show business. She plays and sings in multiple bands, performs at countless shows and is also a music teacher. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Vivian Moreno

Vivian Moreno is the newly-elected San Diego City Councilmember representing District 8, which includes Barrio Logan, Greater Logan Heights, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. Read more

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