Rancho Santa Fe resident Jim Peterson was recently named chairperson of Make-A-Wish San Diego. Jim has been a Make-A-Wish board member since 2013, previously served as vice chair, and is also a partner and employment law and litigation attorney at a San Diego-based law firm.

In 2011, Jim’s then-16-year-old daughter Tina was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The family was introduced to Make-A-Wish during Tina’s inpatient chemotherapy treatments, and her wish to attend the Grammy Awards was granted. At the time of her diagnosis, Tina was a budding singer and musical theater actress who lost some of her voice and confidence as a performer following her treatment. Make-A-Wish embraced Tina as an ambassador for the organization and invited her to perform at several large events and fundraisers. Those experiences helped boost her confidence and motivated her to return to performing. Tina is now a healthy senior at San Diego State University and just celebrated five years of remission in October. Jim aims to increase the organization’s outreach program and further fundraising efforts to ensure the local chapter can sustain its unprecedented growth in the number of wishes granted in the coming year. Learn more at www.wish.org.