San Diego Mayor Announces Appointments to Reactivated Youth Commission


San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria has named 17 people to serve on the city’s newly reactivated Youth Commission.

The Youth Commission is made up of San Diegans between the ages of 14 and 22. It is expected to meet at least four times a year and will identify issues affecting young people at the local level and then advise city staff, Gloria and the city council.

The Youth Commission was initially created in 2002. It last met in 2015.

“I am thrilled to appoint this group of smart, talented and community-minded young people to the city’s Youth Commission,” Gloria said in a statement Friday. “The commission has not been active for years and I look forward to the important recommendations the commission will provide to the city to ensure we are supporting and serving young people appropriately.”

The nominees are:

Perla Alcazar Pulido, senior at the Gompers Preparatory Academy. The Chollas View resident worked with an organization promoting international relations with Mexico and MANA San Diego’s youth mentorship program.

Devin Green, a senior from Center High, lives at Skyline and has volunteered over 400 hours for various charities.

Elisa Delle Monache, a three-time regional synchronized swimming champion, lives in University City. She has held leadership positions, including co-president of Casas De Luz, where she helped build homes in Tijuana. She attends University City High School.

Charlie Nieto, of Pacific Beach, is an undergraduate at San Diego State University studying business and marketing. He is chair of the Pacific Beach City Council’s Community Improvement Committee.

Avery Wulf is a student at Point Loma High School and vice president of the Associated Student Body. The Point Loma resident is also a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and a volunteer for Girl Scout Troop #4920.

Beret Dernbach, of Bankers Hill, is a student at the University of California, San Diego. She studies political science and served as director of professional development for the pre-law fraternity, Kappa Alpha Pi.

Daxton Gutekunst is a rising junior at Bishop’s School. The Bankers Hill resident was captain of his school’s Science Olympiad team and co-founded the Machine Learning Club. He is a member of the UC San Diego Medical School Community Health Center Youth Advisory Council, where he advocates for educational equity.

Chantel Perry, a student at Gompers Preparatory Academy. Over the summer, the Webster resident completed an administrative internship for the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, an organization that supports neighborhoods, as part of the Neighborhood House Association Black Youth Initiative.

Diego Soto Lopez, attends the Gompers Preparatory Academy. The Webster resident is interested in transportation solutions and works on organizing the Scholars Clean Up to ensure students have safe paths to school.

Anusha Kadiyala, activist and “youth advocate” at Escondido-based COMPACT Youth Court, a program dedicated to providing an equitable environment for young people to be represented by their peers. She is a resident of Black Mountain Ranch.

Kenan Pala, of Rancho Bernardo, attends Francis Parker School where he runs cross country. He founded Kids4Community, a non-profit organization that strives to involve children 5 and under in charity work.

Maria Fernanda Freaner, a junior from Serra Mesa, volunteered for City Tree Christian School with preschool teachers and students. His interests include cinema.

Andrew Levikow, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, served on an advisory board to help find the school to find its new principal. The San Carlos resident also volunteers for Mission Trails Little League and volunteers to help train students for Special Olympics competitions.

Jesus Martin Gallegos-Munoz, from Otay Mesa West, attends UC San Diego, where he takes courses in international and Latin American studies. He is also an intern for the City of San Diego, District 8.

Oscar Rendon, a student at San Diego City College, studies international relations and pre-law. The City Heights resident served as a project coordinator for the Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, which provides support to community members.

Fartun Adan, of City Heights, recently returned to San Diego as a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She was also involved with the Multicultural Community Counseling Center, where she participated in various efforts.

Evelyn Gomez, student at Hoover High School. This summer, she worked as an assistant eviction prevention case manager with the City Heights Community Development Corporation, supporting tenants with rent assistance. The City Heights resident has volunteered for various organizations, including Rady Children’s Hospital.

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