BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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DANIEL MERK-BENITEZ

Acting Chairperson

Daniel (he/him/his) has been active with the HTC since 2014 and served in various capacities. Born and raised in San Diego, Daniel has lived in Hillcrest for nine years and loves the vibrancy and diversity of the neighborhood. Professionally, Daniel is an interior designer. Unprofessionally, Daniel likes throwing any kind of gathering that gets a lot of different people in the same space.

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MARY MCKENZIE

Vice Chairperson

Mary McKenzie has lived in Hillcrest for roughly 20 years and has served on the Board of the Hillcrest Town Council since 2013 (with a brief absence in 2020). She views the HTC as an essential conduit of information for the residents of the Hillcrest community.

Mary is a long-time adjunct professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego. She received her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara and in 2006, she was awarded her J.D. from USD.

Mary has been an active member of several organizations in San Diego: these include the San Diego World Affairs Council, the San Diego United Nations Association, the San Diego Diplomatic Council, and the Uptown Democratic Club. 


When we are not in a pandemic, Mary enjoys travelling, trying new types of food, and going to live music. But she is also content at home where she hangs out with her three cats and her chihuahua, Lula. 

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BYRON ROSS

Treasurer

Byron Ross is our newest addition to the HTC Board. Being a native, he has loved watching San Diego and the surrounding areas continue to grow into the beautiful city we live in today. Byron has lived in Hillcrest for a little over a decade and has been involved in the community ever since! By day, Byron is an Insurance Broker for Commercial Businesses. In his off time, Byron enjoys meeting new people and traveling to new places, in total he has been to 19 countries and plans to add many more to his list!

 

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