Jackie Higgins and Phillip Sammuli
Interim Co-CEOs
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Jackie Higgins and Phillip Sammuli Step Up as Interim Co-CEOs

Important update to Forever Balboa Park’s leadership

With the recent departure of Elizabeth Babcock as Forever Balboa Park’s President and CEO, two members of our leadership team, Jackie Higgins and Phillip Sammuli, are taking on additional duties as Interim Co-CEOs, ensuring continuity as we embark upon a nationwide search for our next CEO. Jackie currently serves as VP of Planning and has been instrumental in spearheading the Botanical Building renovation project along with myriad other projects to improve the park’s gardens and urban forest. Phillip joined Forever Balboa Park last summer as VP of Institutional Advancement and has played a pivotal role in fostering partnerships and securing support for our initiatives. We are confident that our dedicated staff, volunteers, and community partners will enable us to continue to thrive during this time of transition.

Senior Leadership:

Craig Batrez
Vice President of Facilities & Operations
Jacqueline Higgins, ASLA
Elizabeth Porter, CPA
Vice President of Finance
Phillip Sammuli

Board Members

Doug Kerner, Chair
Victoria Hamilton, Chair-Elect
Allison Soares, Secretary/Treasurer
Sarah Evans, Immediate Past Chair
Connie Matsui, Immediate Past Chair
Joye Blount
Pat Caughey
Gaidi Finnie
Emily Fox
Joyce Gattas, PhD
George Hardy
James Hughes
Kerri Kapich
Maureen Lamberti
Lynn Langley
Monica Mroz
Betty Peabody
Gonzalo Rojas
Allison Rossett
Glenn Rossman
Jonathan Shulman
Michelle Slingerland
Pemberton Smith
John Toman
Ken Tranbarger
John Venekamp
Lucy Warren
Pete Wheeler
Ann Wilson
Michael Yee


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Guadalupe Blanchard

Bill Brown

Jorge Campos

Lisa Campano

Ashley Carbonell

Brenda Castillo

Sophia Galvez

Caroline Hill

Brigitta Rehn

Andrea Smith

Briana Tellez

Janessa Wheeler

Jordan White

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