2016 COMET AWARD
The Palomar College Foundation Comet Award annually recognizes community members
who, through their personal and professional achievements, have a positive impact
on our community and on the promotion of education.
Chief Financial Officer, Issa Family Foundation
Philanthropy begins with caring for and about others. Empathy, kindness, and optimism about the essential goodness and potential of everyone are all embodied in this year’s Comet Award honoree, Kathy Issa.
Kathy cares—about individuals, and about the many communities of which she is an integral part. Her education gave her the background to partner with husband (and now congressman) Darrell Issa to found Directed Electronics. The business, headquartered in Vista, became a leading innovator in the car alarm business.
Kathy and Darrell have made strategic philanthropic investments that helped change the lives of tens of thousands of people throughout North County. For almost two decades the Issa Family Foundation’s support has made education accessible to many at Palomar College. The foundation has also provided nearly $15 million to other nonprofit organizations that address pressing human needs including homelessness, food insecurity, the needs of military veterans, and medical care for underserved populations.
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