Spirit of the Barrio

Spirit of the Barrio

Environmental Sustainability in the Barrio

Friday, May 17, 2024
Registration & Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program & Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Logan Heights Family Health Center
1809 National Avenue, San Diego CA 92113

About the event:

Join us for an engaging discussion on environmental sustainability in the barrio from our diverse panel!

Come to our flagship clinic in Barrio Logan on Friday, May 17, to have your questions answered by our panelists and don’t forget to enter the raffle for a chance to win exclusive local merchandise and certificates.


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About our panelists:

Jen Lebron
Director of Public Affairs
SD Community Power

A San Diego native, Jen Lebron, has dedicated her career to making her hometown a better place. After getting her start in journalism with the San Diego Daily Transcript, she worked as a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune and The Arizona Republic.

Lebron made the pivot to public service in 2014 when she worked as a communications official for the Port of San Diego. She later served in several roles in Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s administration including press secretary, director of public safety and neighborhood services policy and LGBTQ+ liaison. As the director of communications for Mayor Todd Gloria, she was the lead author on his first State of the City address and led media strategies as San Diego emerged from COVID-19 lockdowns. She left the City of San Diego in 2021 to start her own public affairs firm.

Lebron seized the opportunity to be a part of San Diego’s newest public agency, San Diego Community Power when she stepped into the director of public affairs role in 2022. Lebron is focused on strengthening the organization’s outreach efforts and ensuring that San Diegans have the choice for clean, renewable energy at competitive rates for decades to come.

Philip Gibbons
Program Director of Climate and Sustainability
Port of San Diego

Philip Gibbons is the program director of climate and sustainability at the Port of San Diego. His career spans a broad range of environmental management objectives to improve water and air quality, as well as the sustainability and resiliency of San Diego Bay and its tidelands. Gibbons’ recent work has focused on implementing the Port’s Climate Action Plan and transitioning vehicles and equipment, common to port operations, to zero emissions. He also spearheads planning for climate adaptation to better prepare the waterfront of San Diego Bay for future coastal hazards due to rising sea levels. Gibbons has served on a variety of local and state-wide workgroups sharing best practices regarding climate planning. He currently serves as the co-chair of the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition.

Everett Au
Manager, Climate Initiatives
San Diego Foundation

As manager of San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiatives, Everett endeavors to provide leadership and drive philanthropic investments that promote a sustainable path to economic growth and a thriving quality of life for San Diego’s diverse communities. He supports the development of cross-sector partnerships and works with communities to advance equitable climate resilience for the region. He believes philanthropy can play a vital role in advancing change and has pushed for the integration of equitable philanthropic processes and relationships at the San Diego Foundation.

Prior to joining the world of philanthropy, Everett served various roles in the nonprofit and local government sectors, leading education and environmental programming. He is passionate about promoting inclusive community growth, and currently serves on the California State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast Advisory Board, The Funders Network’s (TFN) Partners for Places Governance and Selection Committees and TFN’s Smart Growth California Steering Committee.

What to expect: 

Lunch, community and meaningful connection:
At Spirit of the Barrio, you’ll enjoy a traditional tamales lunch while making meaningful connections with fellow attendees. Meet local community advocates, engage in conversations about the issues that matter most and hear exclusive insights from our experts in the field making a difference in the Barrio during this diverse panel discussion.

Discover Family Health Centers of San Diego:
Explore the incredible work of FHCSD, a nationally accredited community health center providing an array of quality health care services to those in need. From pediatrics to adults, mental health to dental and vision care, learn how we are changing the lives of our neighbors in need. Tours of our facilities and programs are available on request.

Win exciting prizes:
Purchase raffle tickets online or at the event for a chance to take home some amazing local prizes while supporting a good cause! All proceeds go directly to patient care.

Save the date for future Spirit of the Barrio events:

  • Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Friday, October 25, 2024

Learn more:

For more information, or to become a SOTB sponsor, call (619) 798-3611 or email our staff.

Become a Sponsor

For almost 40 years, the Spirit of the Barrio has been a success because of the generosity of our sponsors!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out our sponsorship opportunities information packet.

SOTB Archives

Missed one of our Spirit of the Barrio webinars? Now you can watch past recordings and view the webinar slides by visiting our archives.

History of SOTB

Since 1986, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio luncheons have spread awareness about our mission to provide high-quality health care to underserved communities across San Diego, while also presenting a variety of themes to our guests as they dine on our legendary tamales.
The event promises to inform, educate and entertain its hundreds of audience members and does so through a diverse list of guest speakers and subjects. We’ve hosted prominent community leaders and local stars as speakers and entertainers since the luncheon began over 35 years ago. From Former Mayor Jerry Sanders to Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, the list of previous Spirit of the Barrio guest speakers is both notable and expansive.
The list includes leaders from our local professional sport teams, such as the former San Diego Chargers Head Coaches and players, a former San Diego Padres CEO, the Padres radio announcer and the San Diego State University Aztec Athletics Department. We’ve even hosted the Associate Director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center!
Entertainers, authors and community leaders have also graced our stage. From motivational speakers to playwrights to comedians to actors, we’ve had all kinds of entertainment for our audience, which is made up of friends, peers, sponsors and community leaders.
One of our most-attended Spirit of the Barrio luncheons featured a panel discussion on homelessness and affordable housing in San Diego. Panelists included The Honorable Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly, as well as Rick Gentry of the San Diego Housing Commission, Bob McElroy of Alpha Project and Deacon Jim Vargas of Father Joe’s Villages. The conversation around this issue was emceed by 10News’ Kimberly Hunt. It was a successful event!
The Spirit of the Barrio luncheon is a celebrated part of Family Health Centers of San Diego’s history and is still held at the site of our flagship clinic, Logan Heights Family Health Center (1809 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113) in the Barrio Logan neighborhood. The luncheons are open to the public and also always feature regionally unique raffle and silent auction prizes.
We hope to see you at an upcoming Spirit of the Barrio!

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