Dan Walters has been a journalist for more than a half-century, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation's youngest daily newspaper editor.
Mr. Walters joined The Sacramento Union's Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his governorship, and later became the Union's Capitol bureau chief. In 1981, he began writing the state's only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic, and social events. In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee. He has written more than 7,500 columns about California and its politics and his column now appears in more than 50 California newspapers.
Dan Walters has written about California and its politics for a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. He is also a frequent guest on national television news shows, commenting on California politics. In 1986, his book, The New California: Facing the 21st Century, was published in its first edition. He is also the founding editor of the California Political Almanac; the co-author of a book on lobbying entitled The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento, and contributed chapters to two other books, Remaking California and The New Political Geography of California.
Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D.
Dr. Constance M. Carroll has had a distinguished career in higher education. In 2004, she was appointed Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, after eleven years of distinguished service as President of San Diego Mesa College. With a total enrollment of over 100,000 students, the district is the second largest community college district in California and ranks sixth in the nation. The district also provides education to over 45,000 service personnel at numerous military bases across the country.
Prior to coming to San Diego, Prior to her service as chancellor, Dr. Carroll was president of three community colleges: San Diego Mesa College, Saddleback College, and Indian Valley Colleges. She held administrative posts at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham (now the University of Southern Maine).
Constance Carroll holds a B.A. degree in Humanities from Duquesne University; an M.A. in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Pittsburgh; a Certificate of Proficiency in Hellenic Studies from Knubly University in Athens, Greece; and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh, with a dissertation on Ancient Greek tragedy. She also attended the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.
Constance Carroll’s professional history includes service on professional boards, numerous awards and publications. She has served on significant professional boards, including the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the League for Innovation, and is a past chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Accreditation remains one of Dr. Carroll’s key interests.
Constance Carroll’s affiliations have also included: the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); the California Council for the Humanities (as Chair); the San Diego Opera Board of Directors; the San Diego Youth Services Board; the San Diego Urban League Board; the Super Bowl XXXVII Host Committee, the Advisory Board of Ms. Magazine, and other organizations. In 2007, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) presented to Dr. Carroll the national “Marie Y. Martin CEO Award.” In 1992, she was named “President of the Year” by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). In 1998 and 2006, she was selected as one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch.” In 2004, Dr. Carroll was given a “Visionary” Award for Economic Opportunity by LEAD San Diego and, in 2006, was selected for the “Community Service Award” by the San Diego Labor Council.
Constance Carroll is a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, and she serves on the Finance Council of the Diocese of San Diego. Dr. Carroll is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Murray L. Galinson
Murray L. Galinson is a manager of La Jolla M.J. Management, LLC. He is a member of The Galinson Group, an investment and real estate holding company.
He is the Former Chair of the Board of San Diego National Bank; former partner in The Price Group, a real estate investor group; formerly on the board of Price Legacy Reit, a public real estate investment company; formerly on the board of PriceSmart, a public retail and wholesale company with real estate holdings and stores in Central America and the Caribbean.
He is the chair of Jewish Funder’s Network and immediate past chair of The San Diego Jewish Community Foundation. He is also on the boards of First Dental Health Company, Price Family Charities, The Galinson Family Foundation, The Weingart Foundation and San Diego Grantmakers.
Mr. Galinson is the past chair of the board of trustees of California State University System. He is also on the board of trustees of California Western School of Law.
He has served as chair of The San Diego Advisory Board for Police Community Relations, The San Diego Citizens Review Board for Police Practices, UCSD Chancellors Associates, United Jewish Federation of San Diego, The San Diego Blue Ribbon Task Force on Violence, and The Museum of Photographic Arts of San Diego. He has served on numerous other boards and commissions.
Mr. Galinson formerly practiced law in Minnesota, was a federal prosecutor, a law professor and a banker.
Since 1964, he has served on numerous political campaign committees, both national as well as local.Mr. Galinson received a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota, a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. degree from United States International University. He is married to Elaine, has three adult children, and eight grandchildren.
Thomas C. Shepard
Over the past three decades, Shepard has earned a national reputation for providing assistance to public affairs clients and political campaigns. Shepard’s current and past clients include San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a majority of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, along with sheriffs, district attorneys, mayors, council members and other elected officials from throughout Southern California. Among his many successful ballot measures are campaigns for San Diego’s downtown Ballpark District, development and expansion of the city’s bay front Convention Center, approval of Carlsbad’s Legoland amusement park, establishment of a strong mayor system for the City of San Diego, and defeat of no-growth initiatives throughout California.
Honored as Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, the University of California at San Diego, Shepard formerly served as mayor of the City of Del Mar, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Political Consultants and and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. He was recognized as a national “Mover & Shaker” by Campaigns & Elections magazine, and is a contributor to various political publications.
Tony Perry is the Los Angeles Times’ San Diego bureau chief. In addition to reporting for the Times for twenty-five years, he has reported for the Davis Enterprise, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the San Diego Union. He has been named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association and received the San Diego Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 he was a member of the LA Times Pulitzer Prize winning team reporting on the Southern California wildfires. He reported from New York after 9/11, was imbedded with US Marines in Afghanistan in 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and in Iraq multiple times between 2003 and 2008. In 2009 he reported from Afghanistan while imbedded with elements of the California National Guard. Mr. Perry was a part-time host of a public affairs program KPBS-radio in San Diego from 1997-2001. He also provides frequent commentary for KUSI-TV, San Diego. He received his BA in literature from the University of California, Berkeley and completed graduate studies in English literature at University of California, Davis.
Lawrence M. Hinman, Ph.D.
Lawrence M. Hinman, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1975. He i currently serves as the co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology (http://ethicscenter.net). Hinman offers undergraduate courses on ethics, including ethical theory, applied ethics, and ethics and contemporary science. His research focuses on ethical issues in emerging science and technology, including search engines, privacy and surveillance, stem cell research and therapy, neuroscience, and robotics. He has been very active in bring ethics-related resources to the Web, founding Ethics Updates in 1994 and Ethics Videos in 2000. He has also done extensive work in academic integrity and ethics across the curriculum.
Carl Luna, Ph.D.
Carl Luna is a professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College and lectures on politics at the University of San Diego. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Luna is a frequent commentator on politics for local, national and international media, including KPBS radio and television, KGTV News10, KFMB, KNBC, the CBS Morning Show and Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, the BBC, the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Dr. Luna was a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed pages of the San Diego Union Tribune and wrote the UT’s first political weblog from 2003-2007. He has also been a columnist for San Diego City Beat Magazine which hosted his blog, “Political Lunacy.”