May 15, 2009
Maria Velasquez, a recognized San Diegan who has garnered community and professional awards for her contributions in community outreach, public affairs, and television news, has been named to fill the newly-created position of Vice President of Community Relations for the San Diego Housing Commission.
“Maria exemplifies the professional leadership required for our organization and combined with her vast communications experience and comprehensive understanding of our San Diego community she will be a valuable asset to our management team,” said Rick Gentry, President & CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission.
As spokesperson for the agency, Velasquez’ new responsibilities include planning, directing and implementing comprehensive outreach programs and activities in the areas of community, government and media relations.
Velasquez is an Emmy a-ward-winning journalist and producer, (1984-2001). As Director of Public Affairs for KFMB-TV 8, Velasquez played a major role in developing successful community partnerships for the station’s marketing campaigns.
Velasquez’ career is grounded in a strong sense of community, having served as the Chair of the City of San Diego’s Commission on the Status of Women (1994). She was also the inspiration for the creation of the “100 Portraits: Pioneers, Visionaries & Role Models” book and photographic exhibit which recognized the contributions made by San Diego’s Mexican-American community.