Chris Clark is a native San Diegan and graduate of UC San Diego. Serving on the Board of the North Park Community Association since 2013, Chris was elected as the NPCA’s President in June of 2017.
Professionally, Chris manages public affairs and communications on behalf public agencies and private industry clients at a boutique public relations and marketing firm in Bankers Hill.
Chris enjoys long walks on the beach and promoting world peace, but often settles for a cold beer and good book at one of North Park’s fine watering holes. Chris lives in North Park with his girlfriend Kaila and cat Fifi, both of whom put up with him.
Joe Balestrieri is the owner of The Office Bar in North Park and has been an active community member in the neighborhood for over nine years.
Since joining the Board of the North Park Community Association, Joe has guided efforts to host meaningful community forums and engage new membership through the organization’s events.
Joe is also a member of the North Park Main Street Board of Directors where he works to support the thriving local business community in North Park.
Leah Berman, LCSW is a native of San Diego and the North Park community. As a professional, she brings 10 years of mid-to executive-level management experience in the non-profit sector. Her areas of expertise include program development and implementation, quality assurance and compliance, and fiscal oversight. She has a proven record at developing scalable and sustainable programs while optimizing limited resources. Having worked several years on Los Angeles’s Skid Row, Mrs. Berman is passionate about the issues surrounding homelessness and mental illness, and brings a wealth of information about those issues to the Board. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA.
Ryan Main, ironically born and raised in Maine, has spent the majority of his adult life here in San Diego (since 2005). He has been a North Park resident the past 3 years, and loves it! Ryan is recently engaged to his lovely fiancé, Dana. He has a handsome 3-year-old son named Phoenix, and two rescue dogs, Floyd and Kiya.
Ryan and his family have been enjoying the Bird Park Concerts for the past few summers, which ultimately encouraged him to join the NPCA in January 2017. He immediately jumped on board the Bird Park Concerts Committee to help keep the neighborhood tradition alive. In addition, Ryan has recently been elected as the NPCA Secretary.
Professionally, Ryan is a local Realtor and spends his days (and often nights and weekends too!) helping people buy, sell, and invest in real estate. Other hobbies include days at the park with family, running, hiking, cooking, travel, and country music concerts. If you see him around town, feel free to stop him for a quick chat. He loves meeting new neighbors!
Matt Strabone is a nonprofit and ethics attorney who owns his own law practice here in North Park. Matt is delighted to be able to use his professional experience to help NPCA keep our community informed and empowered.
Gary Jackson, is a lifelong resident of San Diego and with the exception of 7 years in La Mesa has lived in University Heights, South Park, and North Park for almost 30 years. Currently residing in North Park with his wife Sarah and their dachshund Hazel. With 2 kids grown up and out of the house, Gary has found time to devote to one of his favorite hobbies, Community Service. Gary is currently in the 3rd year of working on the Bird Park Concert committee and looks forward to finding other causes and service projects that are a good fit with the NPCA.
Professionally, Gary has been a Mortgage Loan Officer for 21 years. Other hobbies include vintage & classic motorcycles, bicycle touring, camping, travel, home improvement projects, and patronizing the diverse variety of the North Park food & beverage scene.
This native San Diegan has an extensive list of volunteer assignments including the NPCA. His experience in both art and journalism has been an asset to the board.
Eileen is an active North Park community member who studied physics at UCSD. Her interest and dedication to our community has made her indispensable to the NPCA.
Natalia joined the Board of the North Park Community Association in 2017 with a keen interest in giving back to the community she calls home. Natalia works to direct community outreach for high profile athletic events nationwide and uses her skills to bolster the NPCA’s charitable volunteer activities.
Ekaette Philo Mbong
Dr. Ekaette Mbong, who goes by Philo, is a biomedical scientist. She is originally from Oklahoma. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama she came to San Diego to continue her scientific training as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego in 2013. Philo has a strong interest in science policy, so after completing her postdoc she went on to complete a two-year science policy Fellowship in Washington, DC. She returned to San Diego in the fall of 2016. Philo joined the NPCA Board because she wanted ensure residents of North Park were kept in mind as the community continues to grow. Philo lives in North Park with her partner Kim Balkan and their two dogs Roxy and Rico.
Jody has owned her home in North Park for twenty years and is deeply invested in giving back to her community. Jody has previously served on the Board of the North Park Community Association as its Secretary and now volunteers supporting membership and events efforts.
She is also active on the Board of Directors for the North Park Historical Society and the North Park Maintenance Assessment District. She is a volunteer docent at the San Diego Electric Railway Museum in National City.