Voices for Children
Lauree Sahba, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, oversees the operations of the nonprofit which is supported by 150 companies and public entities committed to regional prosperity. EDC markets the region to attract corporate investment and talent from around the world and assists companies with expansion plans and through initiatives to improve the region’s competitiveness. She joined EDC in 1999 as Vice President of Business Development.
Prior to EDC, Ms. Sahba was executive director of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for managing the 325–member organization. During her tenure with the border region’s chamber, she helped orchestrate a collaborative effort to secure $200 million for the completion State Route 905. She also secured grants for economic development–related projects and increased the organization’s membership by more than sixty percent. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sahba spent six years with the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.
She is the immediate past Chair of Voices for Children, a private, nonprofit organization serving San Diego’s 5,000+ foster children with Court advocacy. During her ten–year tenure on the Board, the operating budget grew from $1.1 million to $3.7 million; by the end of her tenure, VFC had 1,157 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) directly serving 1,343 children, and all 5,600 foster case files were reviewed.
Ms. Sahba is also a member of the board of LEAD San Diego and NAIOP/San Diego Chapter.
A graduate of San Diego State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She lives in Point Loma with her husband Monte.