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Elaine Kennedy

Board Member

Elaine Kennedy

Elaine has been a precision mechanical inspector at Solar Turbines for 28 years.  She is a member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 389, which has served the San Diego area for over 100 years. Elaine has been a trustee, Vice President, President, and currently serve as Financial Secretary. 


Elaine is a native San Diegan and 1971 graduate of San Diego State. It has always been important to be involved in the neighborhood where she lives. Elaine moved into the neighborhood in 1992, to care for my mother when my father passed away. They were members of the community since they moved into the area in 1977 and served with Neighborhood Watch, a responsibility she “inherited”. Elaine is a proud homeowner and southeastern San Diego resident, and as a single mother she is committed to creating a community where she wishes to retire and where her adult son can live.


Elaine has been working with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation since 1999, working with the Southeastern community on changing our community from the inside. She has served on the Housing team, creating policies and directives for both rental and for purchase housing developments destined for property owned by the Jacobs Family Foundation. In 2005, Elaine was a member of the team that was sent to the first Community Land Trust Network Conference in Boulder, Colorado, where she learned the benefit of stewardship of the land using this method of ownership. Elaine returned to San Diego participating in several community meetings and educating affordable housing advocates about Community Land Trusts.  A small group continued to meet, creating the San Diego Community Land Trust. She has been a proud board member ever since.

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