City Heights Community Development Corporation
Stephanie has a passion for community engagement among hard-to-reach populations. She was born and raised in Southeast San Diego, where she was first introduced to sustainability by her father, a garbage truck driver. “As a child, my father would take me to the San Diego Waste landfill to show me the negative impact waste has on the environment. Despite his broken English and third grade education, he motivated me to become an advocate for sustainable changes in my community.”
Growing up, Stephanie witnessed how hard her parents worked to provide for her and her four sisters, always emphasizing the importance of education and helping others in need. Their determination to seek a better life for their whole family inspired Stephanie to focus her career on not only serving low-income families but also improving the social well-being of working-class, border communities.
In 2017, Stephanie obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution with a specialization in Environment and Security from San Diego State University. After college, Stephanie served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the American Red Cross, where she assisted in disaster relief across the state and prepared hundreds of families for emergencies through community outreach. Prior to City Heights CDC, Stephanie worked on empowering communities across Southern California to learn about clean transportation, specifically electric vehicles.
Stephanie is now the Transportation & Planning Program Coordinator with CHCDC, a local non-profit where she works with community members to shed light on transportation and environmental inequities. Stephanie is also an alumnus of the Aaron Price Fellows Program, Barrio Logan College Institute, and a proud member of MANA de San Diego. Stephanie currently serves as a Board Member with the National City Chamber of Commerce and Chair for the Binational Sustainability Committee.
Waylon Matson is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of 4Walls International, a leading nonprofit focused on advancing sustainable solutions to some of the most complex social and environmental problems facing urban watersheds worldwide. Guided by the four pillars of Science, Policy, Finance and Community, 4Walls advances and facilitates many initiatives and collaborations with diverse stakeholders including public, private and academic institutions. In 2017, 4Walls launched the Border Impact Bond, an innovative binational take on the pay-for-performance financial model, promoting green infrastructure as an effective solution to source manage waste on both sides of the Mexico - U.S. border. Through community based incentivization and education, whether as an artist, advocate or albañil, Waylon strives to permeate the cross-cultural landscape of the border region to draw attention to the shared environmental issues. Over the course of eleven years Waylon has designed, built and tested the behavioral engineering concepts needed to prioritize bottom-up decision making and collective action. Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Waylon attended California State University San Bernardino where he graduated with a B.A. in Social Science with emphasis in Geography, Economics, and Political Science. Waylon currently sits on the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team Steering Committee, is a 2015 Kinship Conservation Fellow and a 2017 Pomegranate Methodology for Creative Placemaking Fellow.
Jacqueline L. Reynoso
Director of Programs and Policy for Cordoba Corporation
Ms. Reynoso has worked in the non-profit, public, and private sectors in education, science and technology, laboratory research, law, state and local government, community and economic development, banking, and business development.
On July 1, 2008, Jacqueline assumed her position as CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce. Here, she oversees the Chamber’s programs, planning, fundraising, and operations. She is committed to promoting business growth and job creation, and representing membership in business friendly legislation.
Ms. Reynoso maintains active participation with the Small Business Development & International Trade Center Advisory Board, Southwestern College Local Planning Team, Mexican American Business and Professionals Association, International Hispanic Network, California Association of Local Economic Developers, International Council of Shopping Centers, United States University Board Member, South County Economic Development Council, Proposition O Steering Committee, Western Association of Chamber Executives, California Chamber of Commerce, Unites States Chamber of Commerce, National City General Plan Update Business Committee, Small Business Association (SBA) Advisory Board, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Board Member, Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center Board Member, ARTS Board Member.
Jacqueline Luna Reynoso was born and raised in the City of National City in San Diego, CA. She graduated with Honors as Valedictorian from Point Loma High School in 1998. She received a full tuition scholarship to study at The University of California, Berkeley as a Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2002, Ms. Reynoso graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berkeley and received a B.A. degree in Psychology and Public Policy. In 2006, Jacqueline received a Masters Degree in Public Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is married to Alexander Colón Baez and they have two Children, Diego Alexander (9) and Siena Luna (7).
Binational Sustainability Conference Intern
Melina (she/hers) recently graduated from the University of California - San Diego with a degree in Political Science-International Relations and a minor in Human Developmental Sciences. She was awarded the Marshall College Citizen Cord Award and the Marshall College Distinguished Senior Service Award. She is currently continuing her education and is seeking certificates in the French Language and General Economics.
Melina attributes her interest and passion in international relations and development to growing up in the San Diego border region. While at UC San Diego, Melina completed research on International Development, specifically in the following areas: reducing teenage pregnancies in Honduras with community based programming, inadequate access to education for children with disabilities in Jamaica, and the prevalence of gender-based violence in Mexico.
Melina has worked in local government offices as well as international government offices. She spent last summer interning at the Embassy of Mexico in the office of Cooperation for Development while participating in the University of California - Washington D.C. program.
Her future ambition is to attend graduate school for a Master's of Science in Foreign Service degree to further her knowledge of international relations.