Gerald Robert “Jerry” Sanders

Jerry Sanders

Gerald “Jerry” Sanders was born July 14, 1950. He is the former Mayor of San Diego and the former Chief of Police. As of December 2012, he is the president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He has many years of community service, leaving the Police Department in 1999 to become president and CEO of the United Way of San Diego County. He also served as United Way Community Campaign Chair in 2002. In July 2002, Sanders was appointed to the board of the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter after the previous CEO was fired in the aftermath of controversy concerning a wildfire in Alpine, CA. Sanders helped recruit retired Navy Rear Admiral Ronne Froman to be CEO, and supported the turnaround of the local chapter, which resulted in support for victims of the Cedar wildfire, praise from former critics for the transparency of fund raising efforts, and a staff re-organization that substantially reduced overhead costs.

Sanders had also been active in the private sector, serving as founding partner and consultant for local high-tech start-ups involved with homeland security and infrastructure assessment. He is currently board chair of the San Diego Police Foundation, established to raise private funds for SDPD equipment and programs. He serves on the board of STAR/PAL, the San Diego Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, San Diego State University’s Dean’s Advisory Board, and Coronado First Bank (in organization). Sanders has served on the Wells Fargo Community Bank Board, the Mediation Center’s Board, the National Conference for Community and Justice Board, the Vera Institute of Justice’s Advisory Board on Foster Children, and the Children’s Initiative. Sanders has been nominated to the National Red Cross Board of Governors.

His alma maters are San Diego State University and National University and he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity while at San Diego State University. Sanders lives in the neighborhood of Kensington with his wife Rana Sampson. He has two daughters, Lisa and Jamie. His brother, Tom Sanders, is an Oscar nominated production designer.