Maly E’k-Doungpanya works as our Economic Development Program Manager and is responsible for day-to-day operational management of all things economic development. This includes promoting, implementing and evaluating program delivery, procedures, and standards. 

Prior to her current position, Maly was a Workforce Development Program Manager.  She provided services to job-seekers and businesses under the EDTS-funded City Heights Gets to Work program. The networks and community trust she has established during her 10 years working on this project are an important part of her success⁠—Maly understands that being in the community and of the community are critical to good development work.

She also has a background in social work, case management, small business development and support services. She has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse populations including low-income families, young adults, hard to serve clients and low-to-moderate-income small businesses.  She is skilled in job development, job placement, counseling and has implemented cultural awareness programs with individuals and families.  In addition, she worked with LMI residents create new, and expand exiting, micro-enterprise in San Diego area by providing technical assistance and support system focusing on a unique barriers and needs. 

Maly was born in Cambodia and emigrated to the United States in 1983, a graduate of Crawford High School, and attended San Diego State University studied Economic.  She grew up in the City Heights area. The challenges and barriers she has overcome in her personal life make her exceptionally qualified to carry out the goals of   the CHCDC programs in our community.