The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is the market’s most comprehensive product of people you should know in the business community. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community. The 500 is selected by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom.

Jo Marie Diamond

President and CEO, East County Economic Development Council

Jo Marie Diamond brings a background in technology and analysis to an organization dedicated to cultivating a vibrant and sustainable economy in San Diego’s East County. Convinced economic development agencies must first know and understand what their companies do, she shepherded one of the council’s flagship products, Connectory.com Network, an online resource of the capabilities and capacities of local businesses. A biochemistry major in college, she joined the ECEDC after working in defense, technology assessment and systems analysis.

ALMA MATER: Catholic University of America (B.A., Biochemistry)

FUN FACT: Diamond calls herself a “committed fangirl” of the “Harry Potter” universe, who attends the Hollywood Academy of Magic and Mystery’s annual weekend immersion in wizarding classes and the like.