Dr. Tarik Benmarhnia

Assistant Professor,
Family Medicine and Public Health, School of Health Sciences,
University of California San Diego

Dr. Benmarhnia has been an environmental scientist on contaminated soil with the French Railway Company, followed by a Health Scientist position with the French National Institute of Health Education and Prevention, and most recently was a post-doc at McGill University with the Institute for Health and Social Policy.




Elly Brown, MBA

Executive Director,
San Diego Food System Alliance

A first-generation American, Elly has grown her organization to over 120 groups since becoming Director in 2016. She has been awarded for her active support and involvement in changing the food landscape in Southeastern San Diego, a historically underprivileged area with limited access to fresh food.


Jo-Ann Julien

Health Planning and Program Specialist,
Public Health Services, County of San Diego

Jo-Ann Julien leads the Office of Health Equity and climate change efforts for the County of San Diego, and serves as Chair of the Health Equity Committee. Trained in NIMS/ICS (FEMA), Jo-Ann is also part of a collaboration between Public Health Services and the Office of Emergency Services, the Partner Relay Team, who relays messages to vulnerable populations during emergencies.


Deborah Mosley

County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation, Resource Management Division

Deborah Mosley has been with the County of San Diego since 2007. She currently oversees a team of planners, biologists, and trails coordinator who provide environmental review, implement the County’s Multiple Species Conservation Program, plan and implement the County’s Trail Program, and acquire land for parks and open space purposes. Prior to joining the Department of Parks and Recreation in 2016, Deborah worked in the Watershed Protection Program of the Department of Public Works, where she focused efforts on water conservation and other sustainability projects.