Episode 32: Featuring Marla Black and Tomas Herrera-Mishler

Marla Black & Junior Achievement in San Diego

Marla Black, former Senior VP and managing director of Union Bank was named CEO and President of Junior Achievement in San Diego in 2015. Black sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley, to discuss the great work JA is doing in the San Diego area. Black, a native of San Diego has spent 35 years in the financial services/sales arena which made her the prefect choice for Junior Achievement CEO. Junior Achievement is nationwide non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and teaches today’s youth how to reach their full potential. Black explains what Junior Achievement means to her coming from a CEO’s perspective. Because of her financial background Black has a clear understanding about the importance of teaching the upcoming generation what awaits them in the real world. From managing their finances, what it means to get a paycheck, create a livable budget and what it takes to be a successful adult, JA is preparing the next generation with much needed skills. Junior Achievement’s program starts in the classroom for kids in Kindergarten through High school. Each level is geared specifically for the grade levels. Kids in kindergarten through fourth grade participate in the JA Ourselves program with introduces the kids to personal economics. They being to learn about how mom and or dad make buying choices from grocery shopping to deciding which jeans to buy. Middle school through high school students learn about the global marketplace and how the global economy works. They attend one of the two learning centers for a day long field trip. So far JA has impacted the lives of 61,000 students, 58% which come from low to middle income families. Their goal is to reach over 75,000 this year.


Tomas Herrera-Mishler & Balboa Park

Balboa Park in San Diego just recently ranked number one as the most beautiful city park globally out of 15 city world parks. It was also ranked the second greatest urban park in the United States. Balboa, the nation’s biggest urban cultural park has over a dozen museums, as well as being home to the San Diego Zoo. Tomas Herrera-Mishler, CEO of the Balboa Park Conservancy, sat down with Jared Kelley and James Carmody, hosts of Rise Up Radio to talk about Balboa Park and how the Conservancy was created to enhance, manage, preserve, and restore Balboa Park. According to Herrera-Mishler, more than a half a million global visitors come through Balboa’s Conservancy visitor’s center, something due in part to the great job the Conservancy has been doing the last few years. Herrera-Mishler previously ran one of the oldest park systems in the country located in Buffalo, for seven years. He’s been working in landscape architecture for 20 years and considers himself an “historic landscape geek”. He told Carmody and Kelley that although the conservancy has only been around a few years, it’s made great strides in enhancing and ensuring the future of the Park. 


Take Action

1.  Visit Junior achievement to find out how you can be a volunteer impacting the lives of young children and save the date for their upcoming 4th Annual Golf Classic Event happening September 15th.

2.  To know more about Balboa Park and its upcoming events visit www.balboapark.org