Community service is a top priority for La Jollan Rochelle Bold

Rochelle Bold serves as board chair of Voices for Children, a $5 million organization that transforms the lives of San Diego’s foster children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). She also serves on the board of the La Jolla Community Foundation and as a trustee for The Gillispie School.

Bold’s professional career included serving as senior vice president of corporate development for Wireless Facilities Inc., and as a vice president of The Titan Corporation. She also held executive positions with Leap Wireless International, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., and the office of U.S. Rep. Lynn Schenk.

Bold’s involvement with nonprofit organizations includes serving on the boards of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation; the Industrial Environmental Association; and the Economic Development Corporation/Business Roundtable Education Committee to create High Tech High. Bold earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law and her B.A. cum laude in political science from UCLA.

What brought you to La Jolla?

As a native San Diegan, I grew up feeding the birds at the Cove and playing in the tide pools. For as long as I can remember, I have viewed La Jolla as paradise. When my husband and I started contemplating a family, we decided that La Jolla was the place where we wanted to raise our children.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would love to have a town square or central plaza area with a large fountain, public art, music and outdoor cafes that would serve as a gathering place for residents and a hub for cultural activities. We have elements of all that spread around La Jolla, but I think because La Jolla was never incorporated, a central area often associated with a town hall was never developed.

Who or what inspires you?

For me personally, my children are my greatest inspiration. I believe in teaching children by example, and so each and every day, my children inspire me to want to make a difference in the lives of others so that I can teach them about the importance of doing the right thing and helping those in need. For the past two years, I have had the privilege of serving as board chair for Voices for Children, through which I have met many young people with unbelievable optimism and resilience in the face of overwhelming adversity. Their strength and courage is incredibly inspirational.

If you hosted a dinner party whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My husband, Bill, of course; Ted Turner, Andy Grove, Hillary Clinton, David Brinkley, Thomas Friedman, Steve Jobs, Margaret Thatcher and Jon Stewart to make the party fun.

What are you currently reading?

I typically prefer non-fiction, but am currently reading “Doing Harm,” by my friend and fellow La Jollan Dr. Kelly Parsons. It is an edge-of-your-seat medical thriller.

What is it that you most dislike?

I feel very strongly that those who can have a responsibility to give back to their community and help others in need. Almost everybody can do something — whether it is donating time, money or talent to a cause.

What is your most-prized possession?

Most prized are the cards and handmade gifts from my children. I especially love the cards that tell me all the things they love about me.

What do you do for fun?

I have an almost 9-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son, so I spend a lot of time at baseball, basketball, volleyball and soccer games and I love every minute of it. When we have free time, we enjoy spending time as a family and with our family friends — my husband loves to cook, so he’ll never pass up the opportunity to entertain.

What is your philosophy of life?

I am trying to teach my children to enjoy life — to enjoy each day to fullest extent possible — while at the same time never forgetting how incredibly lucky we are and how important it is to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

What would be your dream vacation?

My husband and I believe in exposing our children, to the extent possible, to very diverse parts of the world, especially developing countries. For many people, our trips would not be dream vacations, but I have loved every minute. We’ve been to Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa. India is next.