RANCHO SANTA FE — North County residents make up three of the eight newly elected San Diego Natural History Museum board of directors. Museum board members are expected to serve two three-year terms for which they must be elected.
The North County newly elected board members include:
— Ellen Zinn of Rancho Santa Fe has been involved in the San Diego Natural History Museum for a decade, chairing the last year of the building capital campaign and Cirque Fantastique, the historic reopening gala for the museum’s new building. Zinn and her husband Tim are active community volunteers, working with many San Diego organizations such as The Old Globe, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, and the UCSD Cardiovascular Center. Zinn previously served two terms on the board of directors of the Museum.
— John Downing and his wife Tracy, of Encinitas, have been members of the museum’s Leadership Circle since 2006. They support a variety of community projects in education and healthcare through their Downing Family Foundation. The Downings are the proprietors of Downing Family Vineyards located in Napa, California. They are active members of the San Diego Yacht Club and have a 13-year-old son, Zach. John is a former San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year and serves on several advisory boards.
— Jeff Witt of Encinitas, is the director of research at Private Asset Management, Inc., where he is responsible for the oversight and management of the company’s economic and financial research team. Witt’s prior experience includes working as a financial analyst/senior economist in the municipal bond arena for the city of San Diego and as a Sell-Side Equity Analyst for Hanifen-Imhoff in Denver. While with the city of San Diego, he was the lead analyst on several projects, including the $1 billion Padres baseball park financing. Witt earned his B.A in both economics and philosophy of law from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. Witt lives with his wife, Sarah, and son.
— Stephen Cohen of Del Mar was among the board members re-elected for a second three-year term. Cohen is the founder and president of Private Asset Management, Inc. Cohen also founded and, as president, maintains Private Tax Service, Inc., and Private Fiduciary Management. He maintains an active involvement in the community with organizations such as the Melvin Garb Foundation, Harold Stern Foundation, and Private Asset Management, Inc. Foundation.