Mary L. Walshok, dean of UC San Diego Extension and associate vice chancellor for public programs, is one of 25 local personalities profiled in San Diego Magazine’s current issue (January 2015) that celebrates “Big Ideas.”
Those selected are described as “fascinating people inspire us with big, bold ideas on everything from genomics to urban planning, art to architecture, food and more.”
Also profiled are Don Norman, director, the Design Lab at UC San Diego; and J. Craig Venter, genetic biologist and founder, J. Craig Venter Institute.
Under the headline of “Let’s Make More Things in San Diego,” Dean Walshok’s profile follows:
“To sustain well-paid middle-class jobs in America and in San Diego, we need to return to making more things and producing things. It requires skilled workers who can command a skilled wage,” says the popular UC San Diego Extension dean and author.
“The whole East Village development, the idea of a maker district where creative people who are contributing to the design and production of products that are useful and needed, I see that as a positive indicator," she says. "A second positive indicator is the attention the Chamber of Commerce and the EDC are giving to manufacturing. Particularly in the cross-border region.”
She also notes that 40 percent of the contents of goods manufactured in Baja are produced in Southern California, compared to just 5 percent in Texas. “For San Diego that’s a really exciting prospect.”