SAN DIEGO–San Diego City Council confirmed Mayor Jerry Sanders’ appointment of Cynthia Morgan and Kim John Kilkenny’s reappointment to the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) Board of Directors. Board members are each confirmed for a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term.
Morgan, a partner at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack law firm, is experienced in areas of land use, real estate, business and public agency law. Prior to joining Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, she served as a Deputy City Attorney in the Oceanside City Attorney’s Office and in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. She was a Municipal Legal Fellow for the League of California Cities and a Georgetown Law Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.
Morgan’s extensive community involvement was noted by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine in 2009 when she was named one of San Diego’s40 Under 40. She serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the East Village Association, is a Mentor for the Building Industry Association and Lawyers Club and is a member of the San Diego Policy Forum. Morgan has also been involved with the Women’s Resource Fair Task Force which aims to provide medical, legal, and social services for abused and recovering women and their children and co-chaired the Women’s Resource Fair for the past three years. She is an active member of the Run Women Run non-partisan political action committee and has served on both the Membership and the Executive Committees.
Morgan replaces Fredric Maas, former board chair, who finished his board service in December.
Kim John Kilkenny currently chairs CCDC’s Board of Directors; he has previously served as its treasurer. The San Diego City Council first confirmed Kilkenny’s appointment to the board on May 22, 2006, when he replaced Gina Champion-Cain, upon her resignation.
Kilkenny is a retired executive from The Otay Ranch Company. Otay Ranch is an award-winning master planned community in eastern Chula Vista built around a village concept that encourages pedestrian activity and preserves a 17-square-mile managed open space system. Prior to joining Otay Ranch Company in 1989, Kilkenny served as the legislative counsel for the San Diego Construction Industry Federation (CIF) for nine years. CIF was the legislative advocate for the three major building trade associations in the San Diego region. From 1974 to 1980, Kilkenny worked as the legislative analyst and chief of staff for members of the County Board of Supervisors.
Kilkenny has been a frequent speaker on contemporary land planning and real estate issues, including growth management, environmental regulations and public facility planning. He received his B.A. from San Diego State University, majoring in public administration and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson College of Law.