We are an all-volunteer group that provides financial and volunteer support to our library so that it may fulfill its literary, educational, technological, community, and cultural purposes.
We work directly with library staff to fulfill day-to-day operating needs by supplying funding for programs, materials, and equipment.
The Friends of the San Diego Public Library is a California Tax Exempt Non-Profit Corporation under IRS 501(c)(3). FEIN: 95-3313747. Tax deductible membership dues and donations may be matched by the City of San Diego.
As a member of the LibrariesTransformSD coalition (San Diego Public Library, San DiegoPublic Library Foundation, the Friends of the SanDiego Public Library, and the City of San Diego Board of Library Commissioners), we engage in advocacy at the City level.
President: Isabel Schechter
Isabel Schechter (She/Her) has been a library fan since childhood. She is originally from Chicago and has lived in University Heights since 2014. Isabel has served on the boards of several library-related organizations in Chicago and San Diego, including the Friends of the San Diego Public Library and the Friends of University Heights Library. In addition, she is a writer, and her essays have been published in Argentus; Invisible 2: Personal Essays about Race and Representation in Science Fiction and Fantasy; Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy; and several volumes of The WisCon Chronicles. Isabel is also Co-Editor of The WisCon Chronicles Volume 12: Boundaries and Bridges.
Vice President: Janet Tait
Janet Tait has been a resident of University Heights since 2015. She has loved libraries all her life, and credits them with making her an avid reader. A former department head at the UCSD Library and a Marketing Manager for a local telecommunications company, she’s now semi-retired and writes and edits fantasy and science fiction. Janet has prior experience working on non-profit boards, including the San Diego Comic-Con. She has an MBA from UC Irvine and in her spare time enjoys walking around UH with her dog, playing games with friends, and cooking.
Secretary: Liz Flynn
Liz has been a University Heights Library patron since she moved to this neighborhood about 20 years ago. She’s a big fan of our small-but-mighty branch, and like all of you, she’s been missing it badly during the pandemic and can't wait to see it open for business soon. Her first paid employment was at her local public library in Virginia, and she’s stuck by libraries ever since. Nowadays she works as an English as a Second Language teacher who regularly incorporates a lesson introducing students to the many free resources at their local library. As a parent, she also appreciated the literacy events and children's programs that the library provides. She’s excited to run for a position on the library board and is prepared to support and advocate for our library in a time when our neighborhood is rapidly incorporating new residents.
Treasurer: Bren Breithaupt
Bren Breithaupt (he/him) has been a resident of University Heights for 16 years. He has an MBA in Finance and Accounting and 22 years of local experience as a life agent, securities broker, and financial advisor. He has previously served as treasurer and board member of 2 non-profit organizations, worked in the Americas Marketing Center for Hewlett-Packard, and as a small business consultant for Michael Gerber (author of "The E-Myth. Bren currently owns and runs "Bren Michelle Inc.," a digital marketing and productivity solutions agency.
Director: John Hyatt
John Hyatt is a US Navy veteran transferred to San Diego in 1986. After leaving the Navy, he stayed in San Diego and began working for the Postal Service as a letter carrier. He has been a resident of Normal Heights since 1997. He has been a member of the House of Ireland and Irish Congress of Southern California organizations sharing Irish heritage and culture serving on the board of the ICSC as parade chairman in 2009 and President in 2010. Since 2004 he has organized the Dutch San Diego community group. As a supporter of reading and libraries as a resource for all residents, he is happy to be a member of the Friends of the University Heights Library.
Director: Charlemagne Quinitio
Mr. Charlemagne Quinitio has called San Diego home since 1989 and recently moved into University Heights from the Marina. He is the Chief Operating Officer of the Hult Prize Foundation and has overseen programming that has trained one million plus young people in 121 different countries on the fundamental skills of impact entrepreneurship. With more than US$100M invested into the space, Hult Prize programming is unique because it inspires, trains, and funds would be entrepreneurs - rather than identifying existing overachievers. This transformative approach has spent the last 12 years targeted on youth investment specifically early-stage impact. A big proponent of education and access to it, he also serves on the advisory board to the customer experience program at UC Irvine – Division of Continuing Education. Mr. Quinitio looks forward to this opportunity to serve and add value to the efforts of the committee and supporting the local branch in its initiatives.
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