Erin Preuss is a native San Diegan who grew up as a “lifer” at the Francis Parker School. She has a bachelor of arts in public relations and a master's degree in communication management from the University of Southern California. Her husband, Peter, graduated from The Bishop’s School, and USC, as well.
Preuss began her career more than eight years ago at DreamWorks SKG where she worked in marketing and the national publicity department. After leaving DreamWorks, she began a six-year career at her alma mater USC, working in alumni relations, development, and student services. Currently, she does corporate development at the UCSD alumni office.
The couple (married for two years with a Maltese named Cosmo, whom they adore), relocated to San Diego in September 2010 from Los Angeles.
Preuss is a member of The Trojan League of San Diego, USC Town and Gown, USC Marshall Partners, St. Germaine Children's Charity, and she recently served as the co-chair of the San Diego Crew Classic Beach Master’s Breakfast and The Preuss School gala.
What brought you to La Jolla?
My husband got a job working at Qualcomm doing Augmented Reality and we jumped at the chance to move back to San Diego. We worked with Phil and Pam Reed to find our home in La Jolla, which we bought in November.
What are your favorite places to go in La Jolla?
I may have too many to list, but here are my top 10:
Windansea Beach, Fay Avenue Bike Path, La Jolla Open Aire Market, La Jolla Yoga Center, Brick & Bell Café, Piatti's, Beaumount's, La Valencia Ocean View Terrace, Prep Kitchen and Whisknladle.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add to improve La Jolla?
An entrance to I-5 North off of La Jolla Parkway.
Who or what inspires you?
That would be my dad for his Midwestern values and his friendly spirit.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, who (living or deceased) would you invite?
The guest list would contain all of my grandparents and my husband’s grandparents. Both of us knew only our paternal grandmothers, but never got a chance to actually meet each other’s grandmother or any of our other grandparents.
Tell us about what you are reading.
I just finished reading “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” In it, Amy Chua presents a very different way of parenting from how I was raised. It gave me a good insight into the cultural differences between traditional Chinese and American parenting.
What is your dream vacation?
It would be at one of those hotels where the rooms are all the way out over the crystal clear blue water with only a bridge to get back to land.
What are your five favorite movies of all time?
“Thomas Crown Affair,” “You've Got Mail,” “Enchanted,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Almost Famous.”
What foods comfort you? What foods do you crave?
My mom’s meatloaf is great comfort food. I crave anything spicy — especially Mexican food.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.