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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 1

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Harid H. Puentes

Tech Executive
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Invest in a Strong Economy & Home-Grown Businesses
  • Preserve Rose Canyon, Torrey Pines, and La Jolla Beaches
  • Fix the Streets & Reduce Traffic



Profession:Tech Executive, Father
Director, CONNECT (2015–2017)


The London School of Economics Masters (current)
George Mason University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (current)

Community Activities

Fundraiser, St Jude Children's Hospital (2011–current)
Lead Organizer, Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation, 1 Million Cups San Diego (2015–2017)
Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Startup SD (2015–2017)


H. recently served as an executive at CONNECT. CONNECT is the oldest business accelerator in San Diego, focusing on early stage tech and life science startups. In an effort to bridge the diversity gap in the innovation economy, H. founded the CONNECT ALL program in early 2016 where he organized and lead government, business, community, and innovation leaders to bring high-growth early-stage startup resources to traditionally underserved communities of San Diego. In less than three years, H. took CONNECT ALL from concept to nearly $4M in funding to build CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center – the region’s first diversity focused accelerator and resource center.

Prior to working at CONNECT, H. drove marketing at venture-backed Bay area startup Grantoo (now Fuel), where his team designed and implemented campaigns that increased user acquisition and retention to drive traction in preparation for a $3.5M Series A round that would eventually close, worked as a consultant for corporations, venture capitalists, and a private equity firm in London, and served as regional director to a large non-profit member organization in the US and Canada, responsible for a membership of 44,000+ members across nearly 70 universities. H. holds a master’s degree from The London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

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