Nicole “Nikki” Clay and Adolfo Gonzales have been named to the Scripps Health Board of Trustees. Clay, strategic counsel at The Clay Company in San Diego, and Gonzales, recently named to lead the County of San Diego Probation Department, have decorated careers and extensive community involvement.
“The expertise, commitment and genuine caring of these two dedicated community leaders will be extremely valuable as Scripps Health moves forward with our mission to provide the best care for patients in the age of health care reform,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps.
Clay develops strategy for The Clay Company, which she co-founded and later sold. She advises clients with major projects and complex approval, regulatory and procurement needs. She is a former partner at Carpi & Clay, a government and community relations firm, and former senior vice president at Stoorza Ziegaus & Metzger.
Clay serves on the boards of several community organizations, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego State University Campanile Foundation, Downtown San Diego Partnership, San Diego Bowl Game Association (Holiday Bowl), and The Old Globe. The chamber recently honored her with the Herb Klein Spirit of San Diego Award. She has also received the Mayor’s Women Who Mean Business, LEAD San Diego Graduate of the Year and the Boys and Girls Club Golden Achievement awards.
She received her master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from San Diego State University.
Gonzales has nearly four decades of law enforcement experience and is involved in several community and professional organizations. Prior to being named the county’s chief probation officer, Gonzales served as chief of the San Diego District’s Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. He also served as chief of the National City Police Department. He began his career in 1978 as a reserve officer in the San Diego Police Department and rose through the ranks to become assistant police chief in 2001.
Gonzales has received numerous honors and awards, including the National Latino Peace Officers Association Leadership award and the Excellence in Public Service award from the University of California’s Hispanic Scholarship Council.
Gonzales received his doctorate of education degree in leadership science from the University of San Diego, master’s degree in education from San Diego State University and bachelor’s degree in public administration from National University.
Clay and Gonzales both reside in the San Diego area. Each was elected to serve a three-year term.
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