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Meet the people writing, designing, selling, and generally obsessing over San Diego Magazine.

Our Fearless Leaders

Troy Johnson

Publisher/Chief Content Officer
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Make me a reservation at: The gym

David Martin

Chief Operating Officer, Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts and Montpelier, Vermont
  • Make me a reservation at: Wormwood

The Storytellers

Gillian Flynn

Editor at Large
  • Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
  • Make me a reservation at: Valentina, in Leucadia
  • Must Read: Periodicals at The Athenaeum
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: The Stuart Collection at UC San Diego. This extraordinary collection of site-specific art can be discovered on foot.

Sarah Sapeda

Custom Content Editor
  • Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
  • Make me a reservation at: Buona Forchetta
  • Must Read: 21 Brunch Spots with a Patio
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: the murals in North Park and University Heights

The Creatives

Samantha Lacy

Art Director
  • Hometown: Encinitas
  • Make me a reservation at: Buona Forchetta
  • Must Read: We Love Convoy!
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Juanita's Taco Shop

Casiel J. Sanchez

Junior Designer
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Make me a reservation at: Callie
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area (32.69335° N, 116.85729° W)

Jeremy Sazon

Videographer, Video Editor
  • Hometown: San Diego (grew up in Bonita)
  • Make me a reservation at: Youngblood (speakeasy)
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Desert View Tower

The Sales Strategists

Senior Account Manager
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Make me a reservation at: Mister A's
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: No surf beach Sunset Cliffs

Lisa Bilotti

Senior Partnership Manager
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Make me a reservation at: Any place I can bring my dogs!
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Amalfi Cucina Italiana, Lake San Marcos

The Marketers

Laura Hunter

Marketing/Project Manager
  • Hometown: San Diego
  • Make me a reservation at: somewhere other than my house!
  • Must Read: Best of San Diego 2021
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Eagle Rock

Shelby Kalchik

Director of Events
  • Hometown: Temecula, CA
  • Make me a reservation at: Cesarina
  • Must Read: 13 Tacos You Must Try in San Diego
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Harry’s Taco Club – the surf and turf taco is incredible!!

Chelsea Eckstrom

Programs & Events Specialist
  • Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Make me a reservation at: ARLO
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Saturday and Sunday Brunch at Rosemary Trattoria in Coronado *chef’s kiss*

The Producers

Amanda Lenox

Production Specialist
  • Hometown: Chula Vista
  • Make me a reservation at: Cocina 35

The Techies

Kayla Barber

Operations Coordinator
  • Hometown: Madera Ranchos, CA
  • Make me a reservation at: Ironside Fish & Oyster
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: Raul's in Encinitas. Locally owned. Grab a burrito, walk to the end of the street for a view.

The Problem Solvers

Veronica Graham

Accounting Specialist
  • Hometown: Murrieta, CA
  • Make me a reservation at: Cafe Sevilla
  • Must Read: The Guide to Mexico
  • Hidden gem more people should know about: SDG&E Harborview Park in Coronado

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