Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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John Romaker President
I have been an attorney for 28 years. I represent businesses and individuals in a wide range of subjects. I have extensive experience with commercial leases, employer practices liability and labor code issues. I particularly enjoy assisting small business owners–restaurants, contractors, and sellers of goods. I accept consulting projects. Presently, I consult with the largest boutique Family Law firm in San Diego, where I assist their clients in mergers and acquisitions, real property, trust, and odd financial transactions. I also enjoy representing clients in appeals. I greatly enjoy my work at Townspeople. Helping those who most need it in obtaining a home and the supportive services people need to thrive provides great joy.

JT Taylor Vice President
JT is currently a Senior Counsel with Accenture, LLP where he is part of the complex contracting group. brings over 20 years of broad legal experience to his clients. Having served as a General Counsel for four entities, both public and private, as well as in-house counsel to companies such as Disney Studios, Sony Electronics, and Gateway Computers, JT has a unique understanding of his client’s legal needs from a practical business-focused point of viewPrior to becoming an attorney JT served for several years as a U.S. Naval Officer leading high-performing operational teams in aviation, shipboard, and public affairs roles.JT is a board member of Townspeople a non-profit organization providing access for low-income people, especially those living with HIV/AIDS, to affordable housing and other human services.

Wade Lovell Treasurer
I’m an innovation-obsessed builder of companies, eight times as a Founder/CEO, and as a Board member, advisor, and investor. Currently, I lead the Team at Simpatic Security Technology, where we empower businesses to secure and control every message.

Vanessa Rollins Secretary
Venessa Rollins is a San Diego native. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in Business Economics. After raising her family she returned to work as a sales and marketing specialist for a local custom furniture manufacturer. She enjoys the local hiking trails and the San Diego lifestyle. She joined Townspeople in 2015 as a board member and currently serves as the Secretary.

John Riley Member-at-Large
John has worked for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office over 12 years. His focus there is special litigation and civil rights. John became a board member of Townspeople in 2008 and is a former board president. He continues to serve as a member of Townspeople’s Board of Directors.

Richard Velasquez Member-at-Large
Richard Velasquez is currently the Vice President and Manager at Banner Bank of the San Diego-Golden Triangle branch. He has more than 30 years of banking experience specializing in branch management, lending and business development. He has served on the Townspeople Board of Directors for over seven years. He has served as Treasurer and a Board Member.

  • Jack Gunther, Member-at-Large


Interested in serving?

Townspeople is currently accepting new Board member applications!  Are you or someone you know interested in serving on our Board of Directors?  Fill out our Board member application here

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