About Wayne Raffesberger
Wayne Raffesberger is currently self-employed as a business consultant, and formerly as an attorney. His practice has included land use, local government, alternative energy and small business matters, and involved public appearances in front of almost every type of governmental body.
He writes frequently about public policy issues and occasionally does freelance travel articles, and has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers.
He has been an adjunct professor at the University of California at San Diego, teaching classes in the Urban Studies and Planning program, and currently teaches Urban Studies in the Continuing Education and Professional Studies program at the University of San Diego.
His extensive community involvement includes past service as a director of the Centre City Development Corporation, the agency at the time responsible for managing all of downtown San Diego, President of the Point Loma Association, Vice Chair of the Citizens’ NTC Oversight Committee, member of the NTC Reuse Committee, director of Partners for Livable Places, member of the Committee of 2000 for Charter Change; director of the Peninsula Community Planning Board, membership on the San Diego City Council’s Government Office Space Task Force, co-founder and member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, member of the city manager’s Water Conservation Task Force, Co-Chair of the Downtown Courts and Jails Committee, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Airport Coalition Government Committee, director of the Peninsula YMCA, director and president of the Stanford University local alumni association, and chair of various fund raising events for Children’s Hospital.
He has served as chief-of-staff to a San Diego Deputy Mayor and chief policy aide to another city councilmember. He was executive director of San Diegans, Inc., and instrumental in implementing a merger of the organization with another downtown association, forming the Downtown San Diego Partnership. He has also worked as corporate counsel and co-owner of a variety of small businesses.
He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in History, and received his J.D. from the University of San Diego.