OUR BOARD

The Encinitas 101 MainStreet board of directors guides policy, funding, and plans activities for the organization.  They are voted into their positions by the organization’s members and serve a three year term.

Our Board is comprised of business owners, residents, property owners and community activists eager to make a difference in our downtown.  They set the goals which then are carried out by the staff.  The Executive Officers include a Past President, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  An additional nine members make up the full board.

Kris Buchanan | President

GOODONYA

I am absolutely in love with this town! Growing up inland in Tierrasanta I dreamed my whole life of making it to the coast. I moved to Solana Beach in 2002, met my wife in 2009 and moved to Encinitas. I’ve owned restaurants for the past 19 years in San Diego. We opened GOODONYA® in downtown Encinitas in 2015 and have created a dream life; living, working and surfing all within 5 minutes. Our cafe is 99% organic cafe and a California Benefit Corporation. That means we consider more than just profit, but the people and the planet in all of the decisions we make. From paying a living wage, to Non GMO food to plastic free to go ware, all of the decisions we make as business owners impact our town.

I am passionate about making the 101 more walkable, safer for anyone on a bike, and more beautiful!  Lights, art, plants and outdoor dining will help all businesses, and therefore our community.

Emily Hart | Vice President

Dudek

My goal is to help our community grow and develop with our character, people, and local businesses in mind. I’m genuinely excited when I get to know our community members better and connecting them to what our dynamic, fun, focused E101 team can do to help businesses thrive.

Encinitas is my home, where I have fun, where I am raising my kids, and where I work as a Marketing Manager at Dudek, our largest Encinitas-headquartered business. It’s important to me to actively participate in groups that enrich our community and E101 directors and staff are some of the most creative, intelligent, and passionate Encinitas citizens around. We are deeply invested in Encinitas’ culture/character, responsible growth, and conscious economic success.

I’m proud of the events, actions, and efforts E101 brings to our main street that increase revenue and awareness about our sweet little spot on the coast. I encourage business owners and local folks to reach out to us and find out how you can be involved with and benefit from E101. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing you at our next event!

Tommy Wornham | Treasurer

C3 Bank

Growing up in Carmel Valley, I always looked forward to the times I would get to travel north up the 5 to Encinitas, which for my Elementary School brain only meant one thing, Fun! I spent my Friday afternoons at the YMCA Skatepark, the early Summer evenings at the little league fields off Saxony and would always get my new Summer swag at Hansen’s. My goal was always to make it to Encinitas, I could not be more grateful to now be working in this amazing town and to be a member of the E101 Board.

After spending the first 18 years of my life in sunny San Diego, I gave the East Coast a try for a bit. I learned a few things during my 8 years in New York, the main two being that Winter sucks and North County San Diego is the best place in the world. I became an Encinitas resident in 2015 and just recently became a member of the business community. I run the business banking unit of C3bank, a community banking institution owned by local residents. Our goal is to support our local businesses and help them grow. Additionally, we built a new flagship branch on Highway 101 that is meant for business owners and residents to use for their business needs.

This town has given a lot to me and I want to give back to the business owners, residents and visitors Encinitas sees every day.

Emily Hester, Secretary

JOJO's Creamery

My husband and I moved to Encinitas a few years ago and often reflect on how amazing it is that we get to live in this beautiful beach town!

I opened JoJo’s Creamery about a year and half ago and have loved participating in the downtown Encinitas business community. I’ve partnered with neighboring businesses on various cross-promotions, participated in all of the local E101 events, and donated ice cream + cookies to community organizations and local school fundraisers.

I also served on the E101 Promotions Committee this past year and enjoyed brainstorming ways to improve E101 events, in addition to promoting all that local Encinitas businesses are doing each and every day.

As a fairly new business owner I have received a lot of support and advice from the E101 community. I would be honored to pay it forward by helping more businesses collaborate and share their experiences with one another. I am also committed to helping preserve the history and character of downtown Encinitas while seeking solutions to improve the walkability, lighting, and parking along the 101 corridor to benefit business owners and residents alike.

David Arato | Director 

Gelato 101

I am a proud father of 4 kids, our family lives in Encinitas for the past 7 years and loving it. All my children go to the local PEC elementary school, participate in the Encinitas surf club, Lifeguard camp, Encinitas soccer club and many more local activities. They are so lucky to grow up in such a great community in our beautiful beach town. It is a dream come true for me to share my passion with them and our city on a daily basis, with our recently opened downtown Encinitas store location called GELATO 101. I’ve created this store in the spirit of making menu items in house from scratch using organic local ingredients, and designed it’s ambiance that I felt would speak to our community. It was a very personal project, as I knew our family, friends and neighbors will be eating here on a daily basis.

I arrived to the US from Italy in 2003, after a professional cycling career. I’ve traveled the world as a pro athlete for years, have lived in and seen many beautiful places around the world. I liked the US and California most for the blend in natural beauty and quality of life, so I jumped on the opportunity when it came near me to move here. After starting my gelato and coffee business in Seattle, I expended it to San Diego in 2006. Through the years I grew my business into 5 locations, working hard but enjoying the ride. When my wife Risa and I started a family, Encinitas was where we wanted to be. I cannot imagine a better place for our family to live, and we wish to be part of this community in every way we can. It has been a long and hard pursuit to finally open one of my stores in Encinitas, and could not be happier to now have family, work and fun in the same great beach town. This is where we are raising our children, so I hope to help preserve and further improve this wonderful place we call home for generations to enjoy.

Samantha Simone | Director

The Nada Shop

As a resident and small business owner in Encinitas, I have a genuine love for and vested interest in the well-being of our city. Located in the Lumberyard, The Nada Shop is a zero-waste shop and refillery, providing refills for everyday household essentials and body care products as well as items to help people live a more conscious, low-waste lifestyle. My goal with the shop is to reduce single-use plastic in our beautiful, coastal beach town and make sustainable living more accessible to our entire community.

I love having my hands in every single pot – having that involvement in everything. As the sole proprietor at The Nada Shop, I manage every aspect of my business from the creative to the technical, and that ability to learn, apply, and adapt extends into every aspect of my life. I believe the ethos of The Nada Shop and the ideals of Encinitas, both with an emphasis on sustainability and conservation, are seamlessly aligned, and I’m stoked to bring my passion, creativity, and perspective to help foster community and help our downtown area thrive.

Robin Canedy | Director

Electra Bicycle Company

I have the absolute pleasure of both living and working in the heart of Encinitas. To say that I love it would be an understatement.

Leading the global marketing charge at Electra Bicycle Company since 2014 has allowed me to expose customers around the world to the Encinitas lifestyle and our laid back, California vibe. Electra consumers connect with our vibrant, artistic, authentic, beach-inspired brand. This has led our business to year-over-year global growth, and we can proudly say we’ve made the best-selling bike in America since 2014 – the Electra Townie 7D. Most importantly, we’ve partnered with numerous local businesses and organizations, including E101, and are proud to be a part of the Encinitas community.

As a member of the E101 Board of Directors, I hope to continue the good work of preserving, enhancing and promoting our downtown stretch of the 101. This includes ongoing events like the street fair and Taste of Encinitas, finding solutions for neighborhood challenges, and uncovering new opportunities to highlight the beauty of our main street and surrounding areas. I’ve always been one who thinks globally and acts locally, looking at the big picture and figuring out how to execute at the local level. Working with the E101 team will allow me to find new ways to make a difference in the community I love.

Dave Peck | Director

Coast Law Group

What do you love about downtown Encinitas?  And what improvements would you like to see in our downtown district?

Those of us who have lived here for decades miss the Encinitas of yesteryear.  We recall a less crowded, slower-paced downtown with ample parking, funky shops, familiar faces and locally owned restaurants.  But while much has changed along the 101 corridor, our historic town’s deep roots remain viable under the new stucco and concrete.

I was honored to serve on the Encinitas 101 Board of Directors from 2013-2019, including a term as Board President.  I am now throwing my proverbial hat back into the ring because I’m passionate about our beach town on the coast and, with an office window on Highway 101 (directly across from Hansen’s), I recognize the challenges our district faces.

My vision for downtown Encinitas includes, first and foremost, preservation of the elements which make our town special.  These elements include:

1)      La Paloma:  It’s no secret that our beloved downtown theatre needs some TLC. During my term as board president Encinitas 101 facilitated a comprehensive historical evaluation of the property with an eye towards achieving historic landmark status. I am committed to seeing La Paloma returned to its status as a jewel in our community.

2)      Clean & Safe Sidewalks:  Similar to most cities in Southern California, our downtown faces increasing challenges with vagrancy. While homelessness is a far larger issue than can be tackled by Encinitas 101, our organization should prioritize working with the City to ensure that our sidewalks remain clean and safe for residents and visitors alike.

3)      Retail Mix:  For good or ill, the last decade has seen many changes along the 101 corridor with property values – thus rents - skyrocketing.  One casualty of these market forces is the steady decline of our downtown retailers. While a healthy mix of businesses is a good thing, a vibrant and walkable downtown requires a thriving shopping district. The prevalence of offices, banks, insurance agencies, and law firms (yes, I’m looking in the mirror on this issue) must be kept in check. Our existing downtown retail ordinance must be strengthened to ensure the retail heart of our community remains beating in perpetuity.

John Van Cleef | Director

Community Resource Center

In my role as CEO of Community Resource Center (CRC), I appreciate how we are at the intersection of key community values:

  • Compassion for people who are hungry, homeless and hurting
  • Social action that demonstrates itself through volunteerism and philanthropy
  • Preserving the quality of life in Encinitas

I also know that we’re all interconnected and rely on each other to maintain a healthy, vibrant community. CRC’s work with people experiencing homelessness – from people are people who experience chronic homelessness, to people who are experiencing homelessness for the first time – is important to maintaining a healthy downtown.

Maintaining a strong relationship with our businesses is important to CRC and me. By joining the E101 Board of Directors I want to understand: the needs of our local businesses, create awareness about people who are experiencing homelessness, and join the people who are already working toward creating brighter futures for our community.

Zach J. Smith | Director

Culture Brewing

I was sitting on my couch in Columbus, Ohio watching snow pour in through the little crack under my window when I decided it was time to make a change.  After a brief visit to California the year before, I had fallen in love with San Diego and after just a few weeks of planning, I packed my bags and headed west.  Encinitas is exactly the kind of little beach town a kid from Ohio dreams of living in one day. The beautiful views, friendly people, and tight knit community was exactly what I was looking for.  I’ve now been here more than four years and am still struck by what a beautiful place we all get to live in!

My work with Culture Brewing has given me many unique opportunities to work with the community, such as fundraising for local non-profits, monthly art shows, small businesses pop-ups, partnering with local food trucks and surrounding restaurants, and supporting local events. I look forward to contributing in preserving and promoting the town I fell in love with.

Bart Smith | Director

DZN Partners

Bart Smith is the Principal Architect of the Architectural Firm DZN Partners. DZN Partners has been providing Architectural services to the Encinitas and North San Diego County Coastal area from an office on Second Street in Encinitas for over 25 years. He has provided architectural services for many downtown merchants and a number of Encinitas community groups.

Bart was on the E101 Board from 1994 to 2014 and is a past president. He also continues to serve on the E101 façade grant committee and is a past chairman of the committee. Bart is the President of the Encinitas Preservation Foundation and is a Past President of the Palomar Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club.

An Encinitas resident, Bart is committed to Encinitas and the Downtown area in particular, and remains very active as a steward for the future while working to maintain our unique identity and character.

Darrin Campbell | Director

Beachside Bar & Grill

I grew up in Southern California and had never spent much time in San Diego but I knew as soon as I moved to Encinitas that this was going to be my home for a long time. I’ve been in Encinitas for 5 years and couldn’t be happier with my city and the community. I bought Le Papagayo, in Leucadia, almost 5 years ago and recently purchased Beachside Bar and Grill, I feel as though now is a good time for me to give back to the community and involve myself with some initiatives moving forward. Being able to provide places for people to go in order to enjoy community, food, music and the occasional drink. I believe I’d bring a unique perspective to the board with my industry knowledge and with the ability to discuss issues or ideas with locals through my restaurants/bars daily.

There’s an amazing core of individuals that love and care for this community and I want to help facilitate requests for them. The board does a great job with this community and I’d love to be a part of the initiatives moving forward.

Adam Robinson | Director

RPG

I’ve been a resident of Encinitas since 2002 and it is where I plan to continue growing roots. My wife and I, both have small businesses that are located in downtown Encinitas, specifically in Pacific Station. I have three wonderful kids that were all born at Scripps Encinitas. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, racing cars and staying very active. I love Encinitas and have made it a goal of mine to transform pieces of real estate into spaces that add to the already unique character of our town.  Creating spaces where locals and visitors can enjoy themselves while supporting small businesses is important to me.  That is my vision for the old Whole Foods space!

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, where I currently sit on the Policy Advisory Board. I’m also a trustee for the San Diego Botanical Gardens.  My wife owns Gypsy Feather, a retail store that offers handmade crystal jewelry, workout clothes and other items curated from around the world.   I am the President of RPG a real estate investment firm specializing in Retail, Mixed-Use, Creative Office, Industrial, and multi-family properties.