USD School of Law Alumna Betsy Brennan ’03 (JD) Named CEO of Downtown San Diego Partnership

Betsy Brennan

San Diego (January 31, 2018) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna Betsy Brennan, ’03 (JD), has been named CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a membership organization of downtown businesses. The Downtown Partnership considered 400 candidates in what it has described as a national search.

Brennan most recently worked in Charleston, South Carolina, at the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina as vice president of development and stewardship.  There, Brennan was in charge of working with donors to the philanthropic organization, which managers more than $250 million in assets.  In her year there, she raised $35 million for the foundation.  Prior to that, Brennan worked as a San Diego City Council staff member and chief of staff to the San Diego State president.

The announcement of Brennan’s new position was featured in The San Diego Union Tribune.  According to the article, the city’s downtown homeless problem will be the number one issue facing Brennan.  The rise in the homeless population, and last year’s Hepatitis A deaths, are bad for downtown stakeholders who are members of the 25-year-old business association.

“We all have the same goal. We want a vibrant, beautiful downtown. We’re not always going to agree on how we’re doing to get there,” she said. “But I’ll be upfront about it, I will listen, and sometimes I’m going to take a direction, or our board will, that not everyone agrees with. But hopefully they know we are doing it because we love downtown, too.”

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The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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