Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Rebeca Elliott

(Director term: Aug 2016 – Sept 2018, Secretary)
Rebeca has lived in Golden Hill since September 2012. Her background is in administration and bookkeeping and she currently going back to school to become a speech therapist. She was born in Guatemala and lived there until she was eight. She has been attending GGHCDC meetings since the beginning of 2016 before joining the Board and taking the role of Secretary in January 2017.

Shannon Fleener

(Director term: Sept 2017 – Sept 2020, Communications Director)
Shannon moved to Golden Hill in February 2016 and quickly fell in love with the neighborhood. As a Case Manager at Catholic Charities, she provides homeless prevention and relief services in Downtown San Diego. Shannon’s background in social work and education has made her a passionate supporter of community-based work and grassroots movements; she is very excited to serve Golden Hill and work towards a better community for all.

Jon Hall

(Director term: Jan 2016 – Sept 2018, President)
Jon first moved to Golden Hill in 2008 and is now a local business owner. He’s an advocate of the San Diego/Tijuana artisan community, has led volunteer organization/project efforts and has spent most of his career in branding, design, marketing, and communications. Jon has been a member of various Board of Directors and has experience leading teams toward specific, measurable goals.

Allison Hjelle

(Director term: Sept 2016 – Sept 2019)
Allison Hjelle is the Regional Director of Shakti Rising, a local Golden Hill non-profit committed to grass-roots social change. As Allison also lived in Golden Hill, on F St. & 24th, behind the organizational home of Shakti Rising, she also holds a larger vision for Golden Hill that is influenced both by her studies and work in sustainable business and the community-building work of Shakti Rising. She sees tremendous potential in this community and all of the possibility of its members united through sustainability and place-making initiatives and would be honored to partner with the GGHCDC to bring forward powerful and enriching development opportunities.

Christie Kong

(Director term: Sept 2016 – Sept 2019)
Christie is a local resident and has lived in Golden Hill since 2015. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to San Diego to attend college over fifteen years ago. Christie works as a Commercial Property Manager and has experience managing various types of commercial assets and construction projects. She has sat on various Board of Directors and is excited to utilize her knowledge and skills in business and real estate to help build a better Golden Hill.

Sebastian Sarria

(Director term: Sept 2017 – Sept 2020)
Sebastian Sarria is excited for Golden Hill. From it’s fantastic views to unique community character, he truly believes Golden Hill is the best neighborhood in San Diego. A native of Colombia, Sebastian currently works as the Clean Energy Fellow with the Climate Action Campaign, a non-profit whose mission is to stop climate change through policy action, and is heavily involved in community organizing and advocacy. He looks forward to bringing positive community and environmental benefits to Golden Hill residents that will serve generations to come.

Rob Yackley

(Director Term: Jan 2016 – Sept 2018, Treasurer)
Rob Yackley has been an active resident in Golden Hill since 2008. He is the President of a local faith-based nonprofit which trains community leaders and has served on the leadership team of multiple nonprofits. Rob has a background in banking and real estate and facilitates personal, professional, and spiritual developmental workshops/seminars/apprenticeships in Golden Hill and around the country. He has served on the GGHCDC Board since January 2016.