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Cindy Gompper-Graves

President and CEO, South County Economic Development Council

Cindy Gompper-Graves is president and CEO of the South County Economic Development Council. She’s held the top post since 2003, after leading economic development efforts for San Diego County as the manager of its Trade and Business Development Office. Prior to joining the public sector, Gompper-Graves spent nine years with San Diego radio stations where she worked in both broadcasting and marketing.

ALMA MATER: Went to a broadcasting school.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Airport Advisory Group, CalTrans CEAL- Citizen Advisory group and San Diego Regional EDC.

HOBBY: She collects old radios.

FAVORITE TRAVEL SPOT: Anywhere with family and friends.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “You are here to make a difference.”