A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Elliot Feuerstein is an accomplished real estate executive who has worked in the industry since the 1970s, having developed and overseen several shopping centers. He currently serves as an officer of Mira Mesa Shopping Center in San Diego, CA. In addition to his work, Elliot Feuerstein supports several community organizations, including A Reason to Survive (ARTS).
High schoolers (11th and 12th graders) in the South County region of San Diego are welcome to join a free art internship program through the ARTS @ Work initiative, which was established by A Reason To Survive (ARTS). ARTS @ Work engages student interns in hands-on creation of art under the stewardship and guidance of teaching artist mentors at Sweetwater High School. Experimental projects include digital fabrication, welding, woodwork, design thinking, and community art projects. The eight-week internship also introduces each student to project/client management know-how and various aspects of managing a business.
Based in San Diego, A Reason To Survive (ARTS) focuses on helping young people leverage the power of art and creative thinking to develop confidence, courage, and compassion. According to the group, creativity helps transform the community positively and paves the way for a better future.
Residing in San Diego, Elliot Feuerstein has had a storied career in working on commercial real estate projects in the Southern California area. In the early 1970s, Elliot Feuerstein opened the Mira Mesa Nursery alongside his father which was one of the first retail businesses in the area. Along with being current acting officer of the Mira Mesa Shopping Center (managing the leases of retail partners including Best Buy, In-N-Out Burger, and US Bank), he has also served on the San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare Foundation Board of Directors.
Sharp is a not-for-profit hospital that provides a high level of patient care between its four acute-care hospitals, three affiliated medical clinics, and three specialty hospitals. In 1992, the Foundation successfully raised money to build Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, the largest freestanding medical center for women’s health in the area. It currently has 206 beds and delivers around 9,000 babies a year. In December 2018, Sharp Mary Birch hospital made the news when it delivered the smallest surviving baby in the world. Baby Saybie weighed 8.6 ounces and stayed in neonatal intensive care until she weighed a healthy five pounds.
San Diego, California, Philanthropist Elliot Feuerstein.