Reese Anthony Jarrett was appointed as the next head of the Civic San Diego, the city’s nonprofit for public-private development projects and programs.
Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer joined District Four City Councilmember Myrtle Cole to appoint Jarrett, a former KPBS Local Hero Award for Business and NAACP Business Achievement Award winner.
“Civic is also catalyst in developing our economy and helping our communities to grow and flourish,” Faulconer said. “With that said, Civic San Diego must have someone at the helm who has the vision, expertise and cooperative spirit to lead and that person is Reese Jarrett.”
Jarrett’s position as head of Civic San Diego, which helps to revitalize urban neighborhoods, provide affordable housing and nurture small businesses, is key to Faulconer’s One San Diego plan.
His professional career spans over three decades and includes every facet of real estate development, community engagement and financing. Jarrett is a native of San Diego who has dedicated his life to transforming urban neighborhoods in the San Diego community.
“I’m looking forward to creating some economic development and capital investment opportunities in our neighborhoods that have been neglected and underinvested in,” Jarrett said. “It will be my goal to carry out and meet the objectives of One San Diego.”
Just before his appointment to Civic San Diego, Jarrett served as president of E. Smith and Company. Jarrett started his career in the savings and loan industry as a commercial and construction real estate lending officer at Home Federal Savings and Loan Association and Great American Savings Bank. In 1982, he became the executive vice president and director of the Southeast Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). Four years later, he formed E. Smith and Company, a real estate investment, development and management firm, and later became a general partner at Cater Reese and Associates.