Rochelle Bold uses her leadership skills to aid corporations, kids

Rochelle Bold served from 2003 to 2006 as senior vice president of corporate development for Wireless Facilities Inc., a $400 million systems engineering, network services and technical outsourcing company. Bold’s responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions; marketing; internal and external corporate communications, including investor and industry analyst relations; corporate business development; and the company’s strategic planning process.

Her prior experience included serving as vice president, investor relations for The Titan Corp., where she developed and managed the financial communications strategy of a publicly traded $1.5 billion government information technology company. Bold guided financial community repositioning during a year in which the company led the NYSE in stock performance. She also held executive management 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 board for Voices for Children; The Gillispie School; Child Abuse Prevention Foundation; Industrial Environmental Association; BIOCOM Workforce Development Committee; 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. in political science from UCLA.

What brought you to La Jolla?

A native San Diegan, I grew up feeding the birds at the Cove and playing in the tide pools. I always knew that La Jolla was paradise and the place where I wanted to raise children, so as soon as my husband and I started contemplating a family, we decided to move to La Jolla.

What makes this area special to you?

La Jolla is blessed with amazing physical beauty; a world-class research university; close proximity to the arts, culture and other amenities of a large city; and a strong sense of small-town community. There are not too many other places where you can find all of that.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, 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 and a place for public art 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 and to teach them about the importance of doing the right thing and helping those in need. Having said that, I am also inspired by the many unsung heroes who work so hard and make so many personal sacrifices to make the world a better place.

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

My husband, Bill, of course; journalist Fareed Zakaria; Ted Turner; Andy Grove; Hillary Clinton; Colin Powell; David Brinkley; Steve Jobs; and can I also add Jon Stewart to make the party fun.

Tell us about what you are currently reading.

That’s Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules.” I have read a couple of his other books as well — “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food” — and think he is sensible, thought-provoking and actually funny.

What is your most-prized possession?

Pictures of my children.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my family and our family friends — it’s pretty easy to have fun when you live in La Jolla.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

First and foremost, my two wonderful children. They make me smile every day. After that, my husband and I are very proud of the work we’ve done to help improve the lives of foster children through our leadership in the creation of the San Pasqual Academy, a residential high school for foster youth, and through our leadership roles with Voices for Children, which advocates for the needs of kids in the foster care system in San Diego.

What is your motto or 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.