Mayor Todd Gloria announced the following appointments to the City’s newly revamped Youth Commission.
“I am delighted to appoint this group of smart, talented, community-oriented young people to the City’s Youth Commission,” said Gloria. “The Commission has been active for years and I look forward to the important recommendations the Commission will provide to the City to ensure we are supporting and serving youth appropriately.
The new appointments are:
Perla Alcazar Pulido is a senior at the Gompers Preparatory Academy and plans to obtain an engineering degree. She is currently involved with San Diego’s MANA, Hermanitas, a youth mentorship program, Barrio Logan College Institute, a college prep program, and Star Pal’s Making Changes, a community service program. Pulido is also a young ambassador of the United States as part of an exchange program under the Amigos organization. Pulido is a resident of Chollas View.
Devin Green is a motivated student currently attending Idea Center High as a senior. His strong work ethic and organizational skills shone throughout Southeast San Diego. To date, Green has volunteered over 400 hours through the Blue Heart Foundation, March of Dimes, Feed the Hungry, and Breast Cancer Awareness 5k. Green is a Skyline resident.
Elisa Delle Monache has been actively involved in the Cité Universitaire community for several years. She has served as president of the University City High School Democrats, co-president of Casas De Luz, where she helped build homes in Tijuana, Mexico, for less fortunate families, and was a three-time regional synchronized swimming champion. She holds various leadership positions and has an outstanding position as a 4.33 AP student at University City High School. Delle Monache is a resident of the University Town.
Charlie Nieto is a resident of Pacific Beach where he provides emerging leadership in his community. Nieto is currently chair of the Pacific Beach City Council Community Improvement Committee. He is also a talented graphic designer where he donates his talents to nonprofit organizations based in Municipal District 2. Nieto is currently a student at San Diego State University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Administration. Business. Nieto is a resident of Pacific Beach.
Avery Wulf is a resident of Point Loma where she is very dedicated to giving back to her community. Her volunteer experience currently includes serving as Vice President of the Associated Student Body at Point Loma High School, a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony, and an active volunteer for Girl Scout Troop 4920. Wulf is a resident of Point Loma.
Beret Dernbach was born and raised in San Diego. She attended high school at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts with concurrent enrollment at San Diego City College. She now attends the University of California at San Diego, majoring in International Relations in Political Science, with a minor in Law and Society. She is a recipient of the Provost Honors for her academic achievement and is director of professional development for the pre-law fraternity, Kappa Alpha Pi. Dernbach is a resident of Bankers Hill.
Daxton Gutekunst is a resident of District 3 and is a rising student at Bishop’s School. He was the captain of the school’s Science Olympiad team, co-founded the Machine Learning Club, is a member of the Speech and Debate team, and was his class representative on the discipline committee of the school for three years. He was recognized as a Young Researcher by the Davidson Institute and was chosen to serve as Ambassador. He is also a member of the Youth Advisory Council of the UC San Diego School of Medicine Community Health Center, where he advocates for equity in education. Gutekunst is a resident of Bankers Hill.
Chantel Perry is a researcher at the Gompers Preparatory Academy. She is currently a summer intern at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation as part of the Neighborhood House Association Black Youth Initiative. She provides administrative support to the administrative, communications and programs teams. Perry was also a team leader for the American Diabetes Association Camp Wana Kura. She received special recognition from the American Diabetes Association for her contribution to the organization. Perry is a resident of Webster.
Diego Soto Lopez is an academic at Gompers Preparatory Academy who wants to become an engineer and is currently taking an engineering course at San Diego Mesa College while serving the community. He is currently providing feedback on transportation solutions to the SANDAG 2021 Regional Urban Collaboration Project. After attending a Circulate San Diego walk audit to create traffic calming measures on 47th Street, he has also noted the need to organize a cleaning. He is currently helping to organize the cleanup of scholarship recipients to ensure scholarship recipients have safe routes to school. Lopez enjoys finding solutions to help serve his peers and the community. Lopez is a resident of Webster.
Anusha Kadiyala is a youth activist and youth lawyer at COMPACT Youth Court based in Escondido, a program dedicated to providing a fair environment for young offenders to be represented by their peers. She is a frequent volunteer at the North County Food Bank and an avid debate enthusiast. Kadiyala is a resident of Black Mountain Ranch.
Kenan Pala founded Kids4Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with local charities and volunteer organizations to encourage children ages 5 and up to get involved in charitable ways. He is also Chairman of the Lucky Ducklings Youth Advisory Board, another non-profit organization whose mission is to promote youth participation in community issues, particularly to help address the issue of youth homelessness. He is also a varsity athlete on the Francis Parker School Cross Country Team. Pala is a resident of Rancho Bernardo.
Maria Fernanda Freaner is currently a high school student and resident of District 7 where she has extensive experience volunteering at City Tree Christian School with teachers and preschool students. Freaner plans to pursue a career in film telling the stories of people from diverse backgrounds. Freaner is a resident of Serra Mesa.
Andrew Levikow is currently a high school student and resident of District 7 where he is an active leader at Patrick Henry High School. He is one of three students who sit on the school site board and was also the only student on the interview committee for the hiring process to find the new principal for Patrick Henry High during his first year. Levikow currently serves the youth in his community as a volunteer Little League referee for the Mission Trail Little League Minor Division, as well as co-chair of Athletes Training Athletes, which trains students with special needs for annual Special Olympics competitions. Levikow is a resident of Tierrasanta.
Jesus Martin Gallegos-Munoz is currently a student at the University of California, San Diego, District 8, studying International Studies and Latin American Studies with a focus on the Frontier. He served as a College Outreach Ambassador and volunteered with the San Diego and Imperial Counties ACLU, Center on Policy Initiatives as an Economic Justice Fellow. Currently an intern in District 8, Gallegos-Munoz has assisted with voter and records services, helped organize community events, and door-to-door in the community to educate residents on city services. Gallegos-Munoz is a resident of Otay Mesa West.
Oscar Rendon is currently a student at San Diego City College, District 8, studying international relations and pre-law. During his studies, he served as Associate Student Government President, District Student Administrator of San Diego Community College, and Associate Student Government Senator with Lions Club International and Shriners International. Rendon also has experience as a project coordinator for the Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, providing resources and support to program participants and their families. Rendon is a resident of City Heights.
Fartun Adan recently returned to San Diego as a graduate of UC Berkley District 9, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She most recently served as Director of Organization and Community Development at the Bridges Multicultural Community Center, where she oversaw the development and execution of the Bridge Fellowship class, coordinated the strategic vision of the organization’s campaigns. and managed day-to-day communications for the recruiting and retention center. $ 1.5M renovation project. Adan has also been involved with UC Berkley’s Black Recruitment and Retention Center, the Mid-City Community Advocacy Network’s Youth Council and the City Heights Area Planning Committee where she previously held a youth position. Adan is a resident of City Heights.
Evelyn Gomez is currently a student at Hoover High School in District 9. She is inspired, engaged and determined. She is a representative of the 2023 class, is active in student organizations and shows impressive dedication to her academics and her sports. Last summer, she worked as an assistant to the Eviction Prevention Case Manager with City Heights Community Development Corporation, assisting tenants with rent assistance. In addition to her data monitoring and administrative tasks, her involvement extends to many other spaces, including Reality Changers, where she has been delegated; Cesar Chavez Service Club, as president and vice-president; Rady’s Children Hospital, as a volunteer for the construction of clinical hours; and other organizations such as Ocean Discovery Institute, San Diego Canyonlands, and Aaron Price Fellows. The daughter of immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico and a self-proclaimed product of City Heights, Gomez is passionate and invested in her people. Gomez is a resident of City Heights.