About NTC Foundation

From Naval Training Center to ARTS DISTRICT

More than a decade ago, we embarked on an unprecedented opportunity for San Diego to create ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, a significant new flagship destination for arts and culture at the former Naval Training Center San Diego in Point Loma. This new mission to create a significant legacy for the community is being realized. Just as the 1915 Panama–California Exposition helped establish the jewel of Balboa Park, a burgeoning hub for life and culture continues to grow into a premiere gathering place for visitors and locals alike.

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NTC Foundation was established in 2000 by the City of San Diego as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to enrich the lives of San Diegans by renovating this signature community asset and creating, facilitating, and operating ARTS DISTRICT as a 80-acre creative district. Visitors experience the arts, culture, creativity, and cuisine that are the hallmarks of the San Diego region and enjoy innovative experiences in a historic setting at Liberty Station that inspire lives for generations to come.

Thanks to community and donor support, NTC Foundation is working to advance ARTS DISTRICT to be (1) a center for arts, culture, and creativity that offers innovative experiences to both residents and visitors, (2) a creative hub for San Diego’s nonprofits and artists, (3) a dynamic destination for children and families, and (4) a historical showcase that honors the city’s Navy heritage.




ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

The Flagship Project of NTC Foundation

San Diego’s newest cultural mecca—a destination for arts and culture at the former Naval Training Center San Diego in Point Loma’s Liberty Station. With 16 of 26 historic buildings completed, ARTS DISTRICT is home to over 80 tenants, including artists, galleries, creative businesses, museums, and nonprofits serving San Diego. Over 500,000 people visit ARTS DISTRICT annually, adding $41 million of economic impact and 706 jobs to the region.

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Board of

  • Lori Fleet-Martin


    Community Leader

  • Kurt Chilcott


    CDC Small Business Finance

  • Richard Opper

    Past Chair

    Opper & Varco LLP

  • Kaye Hobson

    Community Volunteer

  • Ivar Leetma

    Real Estate Developer

  • Sandy Perlatti

    Community Volunteer

  • Jason Paguio

    Community Leader

  • Lisa Johnson

    President & CEO
  • Ken Stipanov

    Vice Chair

    McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

  • Rich Gustafson


    CityMark Development

  • Victoria Hamilton

    Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

  • Kathleen A. Krentler

    Professor, San Diego State University

  • Judy McDonald

    Community Leader

  • Victoria Reed

    Community Leader

  • Lindy Mamer

    Community Leader


  • Lisa Johnson

    President & CEO


  • Alan Ziter

    Executive Director


  • Hannah Abendschein

    Office Coordinator & Dance Place Sales Manager


  • Chris Kiefer



  • Andrew Waltz

    Marketing & Program Manager


  • Kate Rubalcava