ALICIA QUINN KITAGAWA

With twenty years of private and nonprofit sector experience, Alicia brings a wealth of community knowledge and experience to SVP. She is currently Vice President of Business Development of United Way of San Diego County and a past employee of San Diego Social Venture Partners. Throughout her career Alicia has developed strategic partnerships, scaled corporate social responsibility efforts, led results driven teams, and empowered social entrepreneurs to scale their impact. She is focused on applying the principals of capitalism to accelerate social ventures- from pairing catalytic capital and skilled volunteers with nonprofits in need of technical assistance to convening subject matter experts with social enterprise in need of business coaches and board members.

Alicia holds a master’s degree in Social Work, Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgetown University. Alicia credits spending the summer volunteering after high school with her Aunt Bobbie, a nurse, and Sister of Charity who dedicated her life to helping Indigenous Mayans in the aftermath of civil war, for her career in social impact and involvement in philanthropy.

Alicia serves on the board of directors for Barrio Logan College Institute, Founders First CDC, and Women Give San Diego. She has also served as a consultant for the Qualcomm, ThinkPARALLAX, and Tablecloth corporations and contributes regularly to several San Diego business and nonprofit publications and symposiums.

Alicia met her husband on a masked first date in May of 2020. They reside in Bankers Hill and love spending time in the neighborhood, especially Balboa Park. She enjoys traveling, watching Navy football, cheering on the New York Rangers, weekly visits to the Little Italy Farmers Market and hanging out with friends and family. Alicia is looking forward to collaborating with like-minded individuals on issues that are affecting our community and hopes her contributions as a board will help further SVP’s mission and accelerate its impact.