Organizing Committee:


Nilanjana Banerjee, Fashion Police

Meenakshi Jain, Decor and Concept

Vanitha Rao-Knudsen, MC & Ice-Breaker Game
Neepa Shah, Registration & Fashion Walk

As director of community development and engagement, Monica Medina is charged with donor cultivation in San Diego's diverse communities and grant oversight. In addition, her department spearheads major outreach initiatives, including One Book, One San Diego, which, in 2016, celebrated 10 years of promoting literacy in San Diego, Imperial Valley and Tijuana.

Other activities include: the national outreach effort for "Splash & Bubbles," a PBS children’s learning series about oceans and rivers from the Jim Henson Company; Community Heroes, an initiative in partnership with the National Conflict Resolution Center, honoring individuals who give selflessly to build civility and community in San Diego; and KPBS Kids Workshops, which is implemented in partnership with the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido.

Monica also identifies opportunities for KPBS to use its media platforms to represent and serve the diverse communities of San Diego, and fosters community partnerships for KPBS’ engagement efforts.

Monica, who was once honored with the prestigious National Center for Media Engagement, Outreach Professional of the Year Award, has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Monica Medina, KPBS

Director of Community Development & Engagement


Acknowledging Volunteers:


Rakesh Jain, Bar

Deven Parlikar, Video

Chris Knudsen, Photos

Puri, Vlogging & Instagram



Photo from Bollywood Theme Holiday Social 2016

Honored Guest: Mr. Tom Karlo, General Manager KPBS

Tom Karlo has been KPBS’ general manager since February 2009, but his career at KPBS began in 1973 as a part time assistant while studying television and film at San Diego State University. He won three local Emmys prior to his transition into management. Tom is the 5th general manager in KPBS’ history. Prior to becoming general manager, he served as associate general manager for more than a decade.

Tom’s vision for KPBS is to be the most trusted source of serious journalism in San Diego. In 2009, Tom merged the TV, radio, and digital departments into one content producing center, focused on journalism.  Under his leadership, the station created KPBS Evening Edition on TV, shifted KPBS’ online content to focus on news, and expanded the radio schedule to feature news and information 24 hours a day.  The results have been impressive, with audience and fundraising growth over the last seven years. KPBS has also won numerous prestigious awards under Tom’s leadership. Most notably, the station won the 2015 USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for the station’s coverage of the scandal surrounding San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. This was the second time in five years the station was honored by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Tom is very community driven in his role as general manager. He spends much of his time representing KPBS in the community and deepening relationships with new and current donors and corporate partners. In August 2016, Tom was honored by PBS as the Development Professional of the Year. Tom has lived in San Diego for more than 40 years.  He and his wife Julie have been married for 43 years.  They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Outside of KPBS, Tom has spent many of his fall weekends for the last 36 years as a cameraman for NFL Films. He has filmed 14 Super Bowls and received a National Emmy for Sports Cinematography for HBO’s Inside the NFL.

Tom serves the following organizations:

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) - Board of Directors, Executive Committee
California Public Television (CPT) - Board of Directors, Vice Chair
Sharp Health Care - Board of Directors
Sharp Grossmont Hospital - Board of Directors
San Diego Downtown Rotary - Member

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