Talk + Panel
Creative Economy Moving Forward: From Local to Global

  • What this is

    Conversations that highlight how design shapes the region, with opportunities to learn from designers firsthand.

  • When & Where

    • Sep 9: 11-11:45am

  • Tags

    Design = Equity, Resilience, Sustainability, Transformation
    Discipline Research, Sustainability
Talk + Panel
Creative Economy Moving Forward: From Local to Global

Last year, the City of San Diego published the first San Diego Creative Economy report focusing on the ways in which San Diego’s creative industries form an essential part of its overall economy. The report measures the size of the creative economy and highlights characteristics unique to San Diego. The report is an important tool to better understand and assess the impact of the creative sector on the regional economy and how it connects to the global economy.

This virtual session will provide insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the creative economy, the challenges and opportunities creative industry groups are facing in a post-pandemic world, and the inclusive growth potential for San Diego’s creative future on both a local and global level that centers equity and humanity within these important sectors.

Download the San Diego Creative Economy report here.

Tap the image to watch the video


  • Edna Dos Santos-Duisenberg is an economist, researcher, international consultant and policy adviser to governments and institutions on creative economy and development issues. She is well known for her pioneering policy-oriented research on creative economy and spent nearly 30 years at the United Nations in Geneva. Full bio available here.
  • David Holland is the director of impact and public policy at WESTAF. He joined WESTAF in 2019 to lead its advocacy and public policy programs and services and serve as the primary liaison with federal agencies, regional arts organizations, state and local arts agencies, and state arts advocacy groups. Full bio available here.
  • Mai Nguyen is the Faculty Director of the University of California San Diego Design Lab. She joined the Design Lab in March of this year to convene and lead a diverse multi-disciplinary community to develop systems that can be trusted, used and appreciated, and to ultimately weave design into the fabric of academic, research and community life at UC San Diego and beyond. Full bio available here.
  • Jason Schupbach is the Dean of the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University. He was formerly the Director of the Design School at Arizona State University, the largest and most comprehensive design school in the United States. Full bio available here.

Other Participants

  • Jonathon Glus is the Executive Director of City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. He leads and facilitates the strategic vision of the office. Full bio available here.
  • Christine E. Jones is a cultural strategist, curator, and producer with significant experience working in government organizations, museums, galleries, and consultancies. As the Chief of Civic Art Strategies for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, she oversees programmatic direction, cultural development, and strategic initiatives. Full bio available here.

About the host

City of San Diego

The City of San Diego advances and drives an equitable and inclusive creative economy and cultural ecosystem by investing in the work of artists and creatives, and the institutions and systems that amplify creative work and experiences; cultivating local participation and access; and advancing San Diego as a global city. Committed to equitable economic development, arts and culture staff facilitate the City’s investment in organizations, artists, and neighborhoods. Programs, partnerships and initiatives range from funding and public art, to cross-sector and creative industries.