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.
Barry Mendez, although born and raised in Seattle, has settled into San Diego and has called it home for the past 7 years. He is passionate about giving back to the community and has enjoyed volunteering at various organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and neighborhood clean-ups.
As a professional, he has spent 15 years building a career within the consulting and professional services industry. His core areas of expertise include strategy, account planning, establishing excellent partnerships, and understanding his customers across the enterprise. He hopes to combine his professional aptitude with his passion for community as the Treasurer of the North Park Community Association.
Barry, his wife Katelyn, and their dog Hogan enjoy living in North Park and all that it has to offer. You can find them wondering through the Farmer's Market, eating dinner one of the many delicious restaurants, or enjoying dessert at one of the unique cafes.
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!
Eileen is a native of San Diego, but has lived as far south as Chula Vista and as far north as Escondido. She moved to North Park in 2013. New to the neighborhood and wanting to be a part of the many changes that were happening, she joined the North Park Community Association in 2013. Since joining she has been a part of the many neighborhood clean-ups, served on the committee and now chairs the Bird Park Concerts that happen every summer, she has assisted in the developing the many town hall meetings and community forums the NPCA has put on over the past five years. Eileen is married with two wonderful school-aged children and their dog, Teddy.
Professionally, Eileen serves as adjunct faculty and teaches lower division math and science courses. She is heavily involved in her church (Plymouth Church), serving as the children's director as well as on the worship team. She has been heavily involved in community services for over almost 20 years by promoting women in science, young girl empowerment conferences, and serving our homeless community in different capacities (from board positions to volunteering in the kitchen). She loves being able to give back to her community and loves the diversity in her own North Park neighborhood. Eileen has her B.S. and her M.S. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego and also serves on the Consolidated Plan Advisory Board for District 3.
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.
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.
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.
Courtney is a San Diego native who has lived in many places across our wonderful county, but years spent in North Park are near and dear to her. She attended Whittier College to study History, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, then earned her MPA from San Diego State University.
Now as a Development Director with the YMCA of San Diego County's Community Support Services, Courtney enjoys connecting people to collaborative work in order to spark interest in issues facing our community, and exploring how we can work together to solve them. In downtime she and her husband are chasing their two young kids around the Zoo or local parks.