Education & Engagements

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, June 1985, Bachelors of Science
  • LEAD San Diego Inc. – Class of 1996
  • American Society of Association Executives – Certified Association Executive (CAE) – 1995
  • Harvard Kennedy School – Executive Leadership Program – 2010
Professional and Civic Engagement
  • id8 High Academy, Advisory Board for a new high school for downtown San Diego – 2016
  • Open House San Diego, Co-chair, a global event focused on bringing architecture to citizens at large – 2016
  • Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group 2015, City of San Diego – Appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer
  • American Society of Association Executives Member
  • City of San Diego Planning Commissioner – Appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders – 2009 to 2013
  • Lambda Alpha International – Honorary Land Use Organization
  • Urban Land Institute – Chair, San Diego/Tijuana District Council, 2004-2006
  • University of San Diego California Urban Studies Department – Planning Team
  • International Economic Development Council
  • San Diego Civic Solutions – Canyonlands Committee – created a San Diego Canyonland Park video in conjunction with UCSD for public television station
  • Gaslamp Quarter Historic Foundation – Past Board Member
  • Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club – Past Secretary, received “Service Above Self Award”
  • Friends of Downtown, Past President – Selected as “Woman of the Year” for developing Expanding Horizons, a program for at-risk teenage girls
  • Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation – Received Distinguished Service Award for Trash Tigers Youth Program – June 1995
  • Hillcrest Association – Past Board Member
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker at many southern California universities, national and international conferences including the Aspen Institute’s Creative Arts World Summit in Muscat Oman in 2011
  • Author of numerous San Diego Daily Transcript, Voice of San Diego, and San Diego Union Tribune articles
Mary Lydon and Mike Stepner in Barcelona

Josep Pique, CEO of 22 @ Barcelona conducting a tour of the innovation district with Mary Lydon and Mike Stepner 2012.