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About The Urban Collaborative Project
Committed to helping our neighborhoods to thrive...
The Urban Collaborative Project is an inclusive effort through Community outreach, by neighborhoods, Town Councils and other neighborhood stakeholders to make safety, civic engagement, health and beautification, a neighborhood practice, making our communities more vibrant, informed and connected. All premised on the belief that vibrant neighborhoods are critical to the overall success of our City.

Major areas of focus for us is Community Trauma and Resilience which includes Trauma informed Policies, K-12 school support, Healthy Food access, Community infrastructure/Placemaking, Family Support and enhancement, Resident Leadership Training, and inter-organizational Action Teams.

Through our continued Self Healing Community model, we have begun to have our community identify indicators, prioritize them and begin working on solutions through working together and measuring our progress. 

In the last 6 months we have seen numerous beautification projects in neighborhoods, we have seen a reduction in crime in neighborhoods,(50% in one particularly troubled area) began relationships with commercial property owners and have already seen an increase in resident participation.

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Board of Directors

Nancy Gannon Hornberger:
Nancy Gannon Hornberger is President & CEO of SAY San Diego. SAY San Diego provides multiservice solutions that strengthen youth, families, and communities with a vision of opportunity, equity, and well-being. Nancy is nationally recognized for more than three decades of experience in social justice, public policy, system reform, and human service and received a commendation from President Bill Clinton in 1996. Prior to joining SAY San Diego, she was executive director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (1999­2013) and held leadership positions with the National Crime Prevention Council and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Nancy also serves the community as a member of the Leadership Table of the City Heights Partnership for Children, the Advisory Board for San Diego State University School of Social Work, and the Citizen Review Panel and Prevention-Early Intervention Committee of the California State Child Welfare Council.

Lynn Sharp-Underwood:
Lynn Sharpe-Underwood has been working with youth or on youth issues in the City of San Diego. Most recently, Lynn has been the Executive Director of the City of San Diego’s 20-member Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. While with the Commission  she focused on facilitating strategic collaborations to impact gang violence within the City. Sharpe Underwood worked to implement or facilitate Commission and Community initiatives such as its Safe Passage Program, Collaborative curfew sweep program and the Compassion Project. 

David Meier
David Mier is coordinator of Government and Community Affairs for UC San Diego Health Sciences and has worked here since 2011. The Department of Government and Community Affairs is responsible for all legislative and community relations activities at the local, state and federal levels, in the private, public and government sectors on behalf of UC San Diego School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and UC San Diego Health System.
Prior to joining the department, Mr. Mier worked as a business outreach coordinator for the South County Economic Development Council, managing business attraction and retention, as well as workforce development efforts throughout the South Bay area of San Diego. Additionally, he served as a municipal elections consultant for the Office of the City Clerk for the cities of Rosemead and Arcadia. 

Mr. Mier studied at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego for two years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, with a double major in political science and philosophy from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is fluent in Spanish. 

Mayte Benitez:
Mayte Benitez was born and raised in South Eastern San Diego, graduated from Morse High School and San Diego State University with a major in Child and Family Development and minor in Counseling for Social Change. Mayte is the Youth Program Coordinator with the Urban Collaborative Project whose goal is to improve youth leadership skills, give them a voice in their community, and create community projects to bring pride to South Eastern San Diego. Mayte is employed with the National Conflict Resolution Center as a Program Coordinator and Lead Facilitator for the Restorative Community Conferencing Pilot Programs in underserved Communities.