Bennett Peji

Bennett Peji is a Senior Director at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. He is a strategic marketing and communications planner, brand consultant, designer and frequent international speaker on community-centered design. Peji has extensive experience facilitating planning retreats and community workshops that inspire all attendees to achieve a common vision. Bennett Peji serves on the boards of the University of San Diego Center for Peace and Commerce, the San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement, and the La Jolla Playhouse, where he chairs the Public Leadership Council. He served as a Commissioner of Arts & Culture for the City of San Diego 2003-2012, President of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce 2014-2015, Chairman of the Asian Business Association, and AIGA national board member. He is one of the co-founders of the AIGA Center for Cross-cultural Design and is San Diego's first AIGA Fellow lifetime achievement honoree. He has received over 200 design, business and community awards. Peji is a co-founder of the Baja California Missions Foundation, founded to renovate and preserve the historic missions in Mexico. 

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