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Coordinating Council

About Coordinating Council

The Coordinating Council is the governing body of the Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN), Momentum Teams, and projects. The Coordinating Council is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the Collaborative.


General Coordinating Council Responsibilities:

  1. Set Collaborative-wide policy.
  2. Establish and oversee the overall strategic direction of the Collaborative (mission, vision, and strategy).
  3. Create and disband Coordinating council committees or Momentum Teams as needed.
  4. Establish annual goals and overall organizational strategy.
  5. Ensure adequate resources for the agency to fulfill its mission.
  6. Ensure policies and programs are in alignment with mission and goals.
  7. When appropriate oversee fiscal policy, financial controls and annual allocation of discretionary funds.
  8. Identify and recruit volunteer leadership -Coordinating Council members.
  9. Under the grievance process serve as an ad-hoc grievance committee in the event that mediation fails.
  10. Select and evaluate the Collaborative Director.

Individual Coordinating Council Responsibilities:

  1. In order to carry out these general responsibilities, individual Coordinating Council members agree to perform the following specific duties:
  2. Attend (punctually) at least 75% of the Board meetings.
  3. Review agenda and supporting material prior to the coordinating council meetings.
  4. Participate actively on at least one committee.
  5. Participate in fund raising activities. This can include giving personal time and money; developing donors, members, and supporters: leading and supporting fundraising campaigns and events, or making an individual financial contribution that is personally meaningful.
  6. Promote and represent the Mid-City CAN to the community.


Mid-City CAN Coordinating Council Elections 2015


As a Coordinating Council member, you will have the opportunity to exercise leadership and governance and advocate for City Heights. You will be part of the decision-making for Mid-City CAN and contribute to the well-being and improvement of the City Heights community. Coordinating Council Members often also receive the additional benefits of taking learning trips to places like the Harlem Children’s Zone, the PolicyLink Equity Summit, and the Gamaliel Foundation National Leadership Training.


click here to download the 2015 coordinating council application


2015 Vacancies

There are three (3) non-resident seats and two (2) resident representative seats open for this election. Each seat has a three-year term. The Coordinating Council is comprised of 8 resident seats and 7 non-resident seats.



The ideal candidate is someone who has good oral communication skills, demonstrated leadership abilities, and works well as part of a team. The ideal candidate have been active in City Heights, participated with or is a member of Mid-City CAN, and is clear about why they want to serve on the Coordinating Council.

To be eligible to serve on the Coordinating Council, you must meet these minimum requirements:

  1. Be member of Mid-City CAN; a member is anyone (regardless of age or citizenship) who lives, works, or volunteers, in City Heights or supports the mission and vision of Mid-City CAN.
  2. Answer the application questions in 2-pages or less, and complete the cover sheet, and turn it in no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 2015.
  3. Live, work, or volunteer in City Heights, and/or support the mission and vision of Mid-City CAN for at least one year.
  4. Be able to attend monthly Coordinating Council meetings at the designated day and time for a three term.
  5. Be available to meet with a member of the Coordinating Council or a staff member is requested to do so before election day.
  6. Serve on a Coordinating Council Committee and assist with fundraising for the collaborative.
  7. Participate in anti-racism training and advocacy.
  8. Commit to honoring the Mid-City CAN Code of Ethics, Governance Guidelines, Conflict of Interest Policy, and the Coordinating Council Roles and Responsibilities. These are at www.midcitycan.org. Copies are available by request.
  1. Attend a coordinating council orientation.
  2. Attend the Mid-City CAN elections on December 10, 2015 in the morning (8 a.m.-10 a.m.) or evening (5:30-7 p.m.) at the designated date/location. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, and/or work with Mid-City CAN staff to produce a 3 minute video to be shown at the elections.

At the elections (or in the video) you will give a two-minute speech about yourself and why you want to serve on the Coordinating Council. Attending both meetings is strongly encouraged so that community members can connect with you and get to know you in person.

The final slate of candidates will be selected from among all the applicants by the Coordinating Council Governance Committee and announced on November. 16, 2015. Those nominated will receive a nomination letter that they must sign and return to Mid-City CAN by 5 p.m. November 6, 2015.

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To vote in the 2015 Mid-City CAN elections, you must be a registered member of Mid-City CAN. A member is anyone (regardless of age or citizenship) who lives, works, or volunteers, in City Heights and/or supports the mission and vision of Mid-City CAN; and has attended at least one Mid-City CAN meeting, action, or activity in the last year (prior to election day) on December 10, 2015.


Election Timeline

Aug. 17                      Coordinating Council Elections announced and materials available.

Oct. 13                       Coordinating Council candidate applications due by 5 p.m.

Oct. 23                       Nomination letters sent to candidates

Nov. 6                        Signed nomination letters due by 5 p.m.

Nov. 16                      Slate of Coordinating Council candidates announced

Dec. 10                      Coordinating Council Election Day

Dec. 17                      New Coordinating Council Members announced


For more information or questions

If you have questions about serving on the Coordinating Council or need help with your application, please visit our website at www.midcitycan.org. You may also contact Mid-City CAN Associate Executive Director Mark Tran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 619-272-7582 x105.




  • Sadad Ali (African Coalition Workforce)
  • Yasmin Hamud (Center for Bridging Communities)
  • Cynthia Hernandez (Community resident)
  • Anita Herrera (Community resident)
  • Evie Kosower (Community resident)
  • Trinh Le (Center on Policy Initiatives)
  • Abdulrahim Mohamed (Community resident)
  • Melanie Nally (San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative)
  • Jeanette Neeley (Community resident)
  • Carolyn Pinces (Planned Parenthood)
  • Sarah Saez (United Taxi Workers of San Diego)



  • Dania Barroso-Conde (HHSA-Central Region)
  • Kevin O'Neill (SAY San Diego)
  • Diana Ross (Mid-City CAN)




(619) 272-7582


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