Positions & Clients

San Diego Architectural Foundation
  • Leadership and fundraising development
Housing You Matters
  • Build a broad based coalition of nonprofit organizations to create an agenda of policies and practices that lowers the cost of new housing in the San Diego Region
  • Work with the coalition to find agreed upon platform, fundraise and create the structure for effective decision-making
  • Develop a communication strategy and implement
California Economic Summit, San Diego Host Committee
  • Coordinate leadership team fund raising and program development activities

Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana,
Executive Director
  • Implemented new position within organization and set up first time office and systems including website
  • Coordinate more than 50 events/year focused on research and education around best land use practices
  • Over the course of the last 5 years have engaged 100s of members to work on as many as 12 committees
  • Moved organization from $125,000 a year operation to over $300,000 in 9 months from 2007 to 2008
  • Secured ULI Community Action Grants for Binational Mayors Forum, Creative Infrastructure Finance Technical Assistance Panel (TAP), Building Healthy Communities Conference and Innovation Economies Conference
  • Developed strategic alliances with regional organizations, universities, elected officials and the media
  • Positioned ULI in the public arena as a binational regional resource through marketing and public relations
  • Created, developed and implemented annual Smart Growth Awards program honoring projects, plans and people demonstrating outstanding sustainable practices
  • Worked with ULI Young Leaders to develop seven years of successful Forum programs
  • Conduct the overall administration of the organization plus manage membership, sponsorship and Management, Governance and Advisory Committee meetings
  • With Treasurer and Chair, develop and manage annual budget and re-certification process
  • Connect ULI members to national programs such as speaking opportunities at national conferences, Product Councils and authoring articles forUrban Land Magazine
  • Conducted TAPs for the following entities: City of National City; City of El Cajon, Port of San Diego, Jacobs Foundation, SANDAG; City of Tijuana. ULI San Diego/Tijuana charges $25,000/TAP.
  • In partnership with ULI CA district councils, conducted a State-wide TAP on High Speed Rail
  • For the past seven years have developed and coordinated an annual Real Estate Trends Conference
  • International Product Manager for ULI’s Innovation Economy Initiative
  • Participated on national Advisory Panel to develop 10 Principles for Building Healthy Places Report
Lambda Alpha International
  • San Diego Chapter Management
  • Land Economics Weekend International Conference 2015 – Conference Management
American Society of Endobiogenic Medicine and Integrative Physiology
  • National Fellow Program Event Coordination
Bronze Triangle Community Development Corporation, Project Consultant
  • Secured development partner for a $100 million mixed-use affordable housing TOD development
  • Lead team that secured a $1.5 million Smart Growth Improvement Grant from CALTRANS
  • Represented CDC in negotiating long term lease with the San Diego Unified School District
  • Represented CDC throughout pre-development process
  • Coordinated community design charrette for over 200 residents, and 20 architects and developers
  • Coordinated community site tour for 50 architects, developers and banks
  • Implemented EITC site, returning millions of tax dollars to low income families over three years
  • Strategically aligned organization with the business community and elected officials
  • Project awarded planning award from the American Planning Association Awards in May 2004
Stepner Design Group, Project Consultant
  • Coordinated team for Family Justice Center Design charrette
  • Coordinated team for Warner Springs Ranch Specific Plan Update
  • Coordinated team for Colina Park and Logan Heights visioning for the LISC Neighborhoods First program
San Diego Roots, Fund Raising Consultant
  • In partnership with San Diego Natural History Museum and OB People’s Food Co-op worked to secure urban farm land to develop community serving agriculture and education center
San Ysidro Business Improvement District, Project Consultant
  • Designed proposal that secured $300,000 CALTRANS grant for a pedestrian master plan
Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation, Project Consultant
  • Designed and Implemented an Organizational Rebuilding Strategy
Space 4 Art, Project Consultant
  • Worked with Board and Staff to develop a 2 year strategic plan focused on development of a $2 million live/work loft project for artists
Highland Partnership Master Builder – Business Development Director
Smith Consulting Architects – Business Development Director
Downtown San Diego Partnership, Vice President
  • Managed process and campaign for $3 million Property BID for Downtown San Diego
  • Advocated for association before various City and County agencies, media, businesses and other organizations
  • Formed business development programs to promote Downtown San Diego as the region’s center of commerce, government and culture
  • Managed Urban Design and Development, Parking and Transportation, and Maintenance Committees
  • Created International Business Committee, positioning Downtown as an international trade center
  • Created the Social Action Collaborative to focus on addressing issues with the homeless
  • Created the High Technology Committee, positioning Downtown as a High Tech Center
  • Created inaugural Downtown Parking Map
Armed Services YMCA, Director of Communications
  • Created and executed communications strategy
  • Served as agency spokesperson and managed all communications between agency and public
  • Designed and produced quarterly newsletters, and all marketing materials
  • Raised over $60,000 through special events
  • Applied for an received $130,000 in grants for program support
Armed Forces Fleet Week, Executive Director
  • In conjunction with the City, County and Port of San Diego, coordinated annual county-wide celebration saluting the military, consisting of twenty separate events and 45,000 participants
  • Raised $200,000 for program support
Mary Lydon Positions and Clients

Mary Lydon and Joe LaCava at ULI program focused on creating Eco Districts.