Guest Speaker: August 9th, 2016 : Denise Gitsham

Denise Gitsham  52nd Congressional District Candidate

Born and raised in California, Denise Gitsham is the only daughter of immigrants, a small business owner, and a leading voice for San Diego’s innovation Economy.

Denise’s mother, a Chinese immigrant who came to the US via Taiwan, and her father, a Canadian immigrant who served 20 years in the United States Air Force, instilled in her a deep appreciation of the blessings associated with being American.

Denise’s earliest memory is of her father telling her she could be whatever she wanted to be, because she was born in a land of freedom and opportunity. Those words, coupled with her favorite Bible verse, Luke 12:48 – “to whom much is given, much will be required” – compel Denise to make the most of every opportunity presented to her, and every chance to give back to the country she loves.

A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Denise has worked in the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Senate, and White House. She practiced law at the prominent international law firm K&L Gates before joining a San Diego-based renewable energy company in 2009. Today, Denise owns her own small business, and works to promote San Diego’s Innovation Economy, which is driving our local economy and creating high paying jobs for San Diegans.

Denise is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and an accomplished classical pianist, as well as a runner and triathlete. She served as a founding board member of one of California’s sixteen Innovation Hubs; is a co-founder of San Diego’s downtown tech group, the Innovators’ Collaborative; is a provisional member of the San Diego Century Club; and serves on the Board of Scripps Mercy Hospital Foundation.