Monthly Archives: March 2021

Tammy Blackburn

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Education-State University-Marketing

Tammy Blackburn is the Director of Marketing and Communications for San Diego State University and in her 23rd year of service. Her work in marketing has garnered 5 CASE Awards and she received SDSU’s Top 25 Award, chosen by former SDSU President Stephen L. Weber.

Tammy hails from Southern California where she was born and raised in Brea, Ca. At the age of 18 she accepted an offer to study and play basketball at SDSU. She studied Communications, Journalism, Television and Film where she was involved in a variety of student organizations on campus and participated in debate and SDSU Mortar Board. She has both a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication and Journalism and a Master’s of Science.

Tammy was a member and two-year captain of the women’s basketball team from 1990-1994 and participated in the Student Athletics Advisory Council. Under her leadership, the Aztecs won two championships and played in the NCAA Tournament. During her sophomore season, Tammy received an invite to try out for Team USA Basketball.  In 1994, the university and SDSU Department of Athletics named an award in her honor, The Tammy Blackburn Award, which is given annually to a student-athlete who demonstrates academic and athletic prowess.

In September 2018, Tammy founded and launched SDSU’s Wallace, Shatsky, Blackburn, Courage Through Cancer Fund to support SDSU students faced with a personal cancer diagnosis or that of a loved one. She is currently living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer, an incurable disease.

Tammy has served as a volunteer professional speaker and volunteer marketing consultant to many organizations around the United States. She moonlights as a sportscaster for CBS Sports, ESPN, and the Pac-12 Network. Her 22 years in the sports business has taken her all over the world.

Patti Roscoe, Jordan Maharaj and David Oates were her sponsors.

Stacey Murphy

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Training – Leadership, Additional Active

Stacey Murphy is a self-employed, award-winning serial entrepreneur with businesses in digital marketing (story-telling), architecture, leadership coaching, farming, and gardening, all with Earth consciousness and focus on impact for a more regenerative world. Currently, she is working on the future of city designs and real estate developments.

In 2008, Stacey founded BK Farmyards, a decentralized urban farming collective in Brooklyn that helped inner city youth become leaders in their communities by growing food and hosting nutrition awareness workshops. BK Farmyards was integral to the local food movement and helped create an urban farming task force in the mayoral office, one of the first wins was changing zoning laws making greenhouses on rooftops legal, paving the way to large-scale urban ag.

Stacey’s architecture career has been focused on creating spaces that bring communities together, helping to design churches, synagogues, libraries, community centers in NYC and parks in Detroit.

Her strength is gathering support for a vision. She has run crowd-funding campaigns for projects ranging from children’s books that raise awareness about where food comes from, to a Go Green high school curriculum to help teens understand their health and well-being, to Circus for Leaders to empower youth to go after their dreams.

What motivates her and why does she do what she does?  “To inspire the next generation to believe that they can create a life of their dreams.” “It is my legacy to bring mentorship to young people so they believe in a better future and become the leaders they were born to be.”

Be sure to ask her about formula car racing, the adventures of dating during a pandemic and learning how to fly a trapeze!

David Oates, Duke Sobek and Dick Eger were her sponsors.


Justin Rajah

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Justin Rajah is the Demand Generation Manager at Wrike, a work management platform.

He was born and raised in Santa Clara County, CA by a single mom, who taught him to love all things Disney and country music.  A first generation college grad, Justin received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2017 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  He has called San Diego his home since last summer.

Justin’s connection to Rotary began in 2010 with the Sunnyvale Sunrise Club. They had selected him to attend a RYLA summer camp with the intention to start a service club when he returned to high school in the fall.  He says RYLA changed his life forever.  Now, after being involved with RYLA for the last 10 years, he says it is still the strongest influence in his life.  He continues to be a mentor to campers and younger staff.

A fun fact about Justin: he is a marketer by day, but a karaoke singer by night.

“I promise to bring my passion for service and youth leadership to all Rotary activities.  And I promise to show up for this club and for what this club stands for.”

Jordan Maharaj, Jordan Harrison and Chuck Pretto were his sponsors.

Alessandra Costigliola

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Education-State University-Development, Additional Active

Alessandra Costigliola serves as the Development Officer for the College of Sciences at SDSU.  In her role, she is responsible for qualifying prospects for the College of Sciences and soliciting gifts of $25K and higher.

Born and raised in Sacramento (yes, she is a Kings fan), Alessandra moved to San Diego to attend SDSU. She received her Bacherlor’s degree in Political Science from SDSU in 2017 and is currently completing her Master’s in Public Administration.  During her time at SDSU, she was President of the SDSU Ambassadors and a member of the SDSU Rotaract Club.

When she is not working, she enjoys reading and loves to travel and go wine tasting.  She says her Italian family taught her the value of a really good glass of wine.

Jordan Maharaj, Jonathan Cole and Michelle Candland were her sponsors.