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.

Heather Foley

Executive Director, Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana

Heather Foley in 2016 was named executive director of the Urban Land Institute, a land use research and education group. She is a landscape architect and former executive director of the institute’s South Carolina chapter. A San Diego chapter was formed in 1997 and has more than 800 members. In South Carolina, she helped launch a center for sustainability, won more than $50,000 in grant money and led initiatives to collaborate with the neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia.

ALMA MATER: Rhode Island School of Design, University of Vermont

PRO BONO: She worked with students and a relief organization on remapping an Acehnese village after the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004 destroyed much of the northern tip of Sumatra.