Equinox Center, a San Diego think tank focused on a more prosperous economy, healthy environment and outstanding quality of life in San Diego, named Stephen Heverly managing director and Jocelyn Maggard program administrator.
“We are thrilled to bring Stephen and Jocelyn on board,” said Trevor Callan, Equinox’s board chairman. “Stephen is a talented young leader with a passion for our region’s quality of life who will help take Equinox Center to the next level. Jocelyn is going to bring great energy and ideas to new and existing Equniox programs like Leaders 2020 and BoardNEXT."
Equinox also announced that Lani Lutar, who has served as the organization’s executive director since March 2013, is moving into a special adviser position. Heverly and Maggard will handle day-to-day operations.
“Lani has been a great asset and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with her,” Callan said. “This organization is growing and expanding its influence across business and environmental communities. These changes reflect that."
As managing director, Heverly oversees programs, policy research, communications and fundraising for Equinox Center. He has nearly a decade of experience working in public affairs. Before joining Equinox Center, Heverly was communications director for Councilmember David Alvarez’s mayoral campaign, worked for Jamie Ortiz Communications and was a policy adviser to San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner.
Heverly served on Equinox Center’s Leaders 2020 Steering Committee and the Ocean Beach Town Council Board, as well as volunteering with a number of local environmental organizations and non-partisan political campaigns.
As program administrator, Maggard will support day-to-day operations, including events, programs, policy, communications, administration and finance. Equinox Center will also be bringing on graduate fellows this summer to support ongoing policy research.