Trish Watlington has had several careers, giving her interesting perspectives and a unique set of skills. For 17 years, Trish worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist with specialties in children with neurodivergent processing and chemical dependency. She also served as an education advocate.
Raising three children, being involved in school and sport activities, and owning and running a local horse show, Watlington developed a diverse experience in nonprofits, management and event planning.
In 2009, Watlington became the co-owner and community engagement manager of one of San Diego's first and most popular farm to table restaurants, The Red Door. She is now the owner/operator of three small businesses - managing local residential rentals, serving as the principal farmer at Two Forks Farm, and as a founder of Farm to Fork SD, a membership organization.
Watlington has an extensive volunteer and board background. She served as a board member of Olivewood Gardens for a decade, including as board chair. She was a board member for Berry Good Foundation and Mission Hills Business Improvement District. Watlington has been involved with the San Diego Food System Alliance, Barriers to Farming Working Group, Food Tank, CHIP Good Food Showcase and ECHO Horseshow.
Watlington earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester and an MA in Human Development from the University of Maryland. She also attended the USD Nonprofit Institute Inaugural Board Chairs Learning Group in 2019.
Beyond spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, Watlington loves growing food, reading, drawing and horseback riding.