Friday will mark my last day as community manager for Voice of San Diego. Come March, I will be starting a new job in a new city – the City of Angels, to be exact.

There are several moments during my time here from which I take particular pride in helping make possible: organizing a discussion on homelessness in the city’s emergency winter shelter, assisting Andy Keatts and Jacob McKean meld public policy and craft beer and nabbing Scott Lewis a big enough venue to hold a rollicking mayoral forum. Then there’s my fleeting foray into the world of municipal code irregularities.

More than any one event, my time with VOSD has been so rewarding because I’ve been able to interact with a diverse array of San Diegans who are dedicated to the idea of making this city a better place. VOSD readers, volunteers and event attendees are the embodiment of the organization’s mission of civic engagement, the importance of which cannot be overstated.

In many ways this is only the close of the most recent chapter in my relationship VOSD. As an undergraduate in the Bay Area in the late 2000s, VOSD served as my source for in-depth local news. Upon returning to San Diego in 2011, I finally started my membership. After volunteering at Politifest in 2011 and 2012, Scott Lewis and Mary Brown offered me the chance to join the team.

As a reader, member, volunteer and staff member, I have come to know that VOSD’s real value in the region is its determination to consistently adapt and improve. The organization’s continued evolution to better serve the local community is in many ways driven by the change and development at the heart of modern San Diego.

My days as a member of VOSD’s community are far from numbered, and I look forward to seeing what this group of truth-seekers and hell-raisers has in store for San Diego.

Zachary Warma

Zachary Warma was formerly the events and community manager for Voice of San Diego.

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