Benny Cartwright is a life-long San Diegan who was even born in Hillcrest at UCSD Medical Center (then known as University Hospital). He stayed in San Diego for college, completing his bachelor’s degree in communication from San Diego State University, and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Currently working as the Director of Community Outreach at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, Cartwright has long been involved in San Diego’s LGBT community, volunteering for numerous organizations including San Diego Pride, Stonewall Citizens Patrol, and Stepping Stone. He has written for local publications for over 10 years, including Update, Gay & Lesbian Times, HillQuest, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, and Gay San Diego. He has attended and participated in HTC activities for many years, and in March 2015 was appointed to the Board of Directors. He now serves as Secretary.
Originally a Nebraskan, Mary moved to San Diego in 1994 and settled happily in Hillcrest in 1998. Mary received her Ph.D. in political science from UCSB and more recently, a J.D. from USD.
She loves teaching political science at USD. Mary has been active with several international affairs-focused organizations in San Diego, trying to help foster greater intercultural understanding. She also currently serves on her condo’s HOA and loves spoiling her 2 cats and her Chihuahua named Pinky
David Coben was nominated and approved as the new chair of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC). The NIC works to improve the neighborhood and oversees the Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M (Together Everyone Achieves More), which has for many years held street cleanings in our neighborhood with volunteers, brooms and rolling barrels to “put the shine back in Hillcrest.” (You may have seen the T.E.A.M. out in orange T-shirts). Every year on the day after the San Diego Pride celebration in July, HTC partners with Pride to clean the parade route.
NIC also hands out the L.I.O.N. (Let’s Improve Our Neighborhood) Awards to residents, businesses or anyone who does a great thing with their property or business. Past award winners include the Crest Cafe for the beautiful mural on their building. To contact Coben or for more information about the NIC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member at Large
Rich grew up near Syracuse, NY and earned a degree in Communication from nearby Cornell University. He spent the early years of his professional career conducting public opinion surveys for local governments and non-profit organizations, and received a master’s degree in Survey Research Methods from the University of Connecticut.
Later in his career, Rich decided to pursue his interests in entrepreneurship and environmental issues and earned his MBA in Global Sustainable Enterprise and MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan in 2013.
He followed his wife to Hillcrest after graduation and co-founded a startup company focused on reducing the waste created by disposable to-go food containers.