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Cody Petterson

Cody Petterson


Cody is a native San Diegan, born at University Hospital (now UCSD Hillcrest) and brought home to UCSD's Mesa Grad Student Apartments. Raised in La Jolla, California, he attended La Jolla Elementary, Muirlands, and La Jolla High, did his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, and came home to do his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UCSD.

Cody is the father of two children—Sequoia, 6, and Bardot, 8—both of whom attend Torrey Pines Elementary, where he serves on the School Site Council and Site Governance Team. He also serves on the La Jolla Town Council, as well as numerous local boards, including the San Diego River Conservancy, San Diego International Sister Cities Association, and Volcan Mountain Foundation. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of Sierra Club San Diego and the Board of the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego.

Cody has spent the last 5 years helping to organize and moderate workshops and trainings for school board trustees, educators, and community members across the County, on issues like learning loss recovery, community schools, science-based closure and re-opening, social and emotional learning, Board-Superintendent dynamics, Special Education, and district budgeting.

Dr. Petterson is Senior Advisor for Land Use, Education, and Environment and manages Intergovernmental Affairs for San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. He’s also a Lecturer in the UCSD Anthropology Department, where he’s wrestled with lesson planning, remote learning, grading, and maintaining student motivation and engagement in the context of the pandemic. When he isn’t working, teaching, or doing common core math with his kids, Cody is an ocean swimmer, avid hiker, and California native plant enthusiast.