Who We Are

We are risk-takers. We turn challenges into opportunities.
We are partners in community revitalization.

Who We Are

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation was founded as the operating arm of the Jacobs Family Foundation in 1995 by Dr. Joe and Vi Jacobs, founders of Jacobs Engineering Group in Pasadena, California. As creative catalyst and incubator, we work to revitalize 60 acres in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods and focus on developing the community into a vibrant and economically sustainable destination. Our work is deeply rooted in community engagement. The vision for the community was created in partnership with residents and local community organizations. We serve as a local, regional and national convener, funding partner, and strategic advisor to organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents of the neighborhood.

Message From the President

Since 1994, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has partnered with resident teams in the Diamond Neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego with the mission of, “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change.” The goal has been to work in partnership with residents to clarify the community vision that brings about meaningful and sustainable change. This vision includes a comprehensive development plan to create a vibrant town center and destination for arts and culture.

We know that no single community-based organization can achieve social and economic development alone. To be successful, we must engage broader partnerships in various sectors including government, physical development, education, arts, health, and safety.

We invite you to join us as we forge a new dynamic for creating meaningful and sustainable change in our community.