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Maria Velasquez Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
Maria Velasquez is responsible for the agency’s community outreach, media relations marketing and website management. She is the agency’s primary spokesperson.
Before joining the Housing Commission in May 2009, Velasquez was director of communications for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. She served in that position from 2001 to 2008 under two different administrations. While working for City Attorney Casey Gwinn, she designed and implemented a marketing strategy for the then-newly created San Diego Family Justice Center that culminated with national exposure on the Oprah Show.
Prior to making a career change to local government, Velasquez worked as a television reporter in the San Diego and Phoenix, Arizona news markets. She also served as director of public affairs for KFMB-TV 8, where she played a major role in the station’s marketing campaigns. Velasquez is an Emmy award-winning journalist and producer.
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