Edgy Interview: Aimee Faucett
Aimee Faucett, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Chief of Staff, has long been a behind-the-scenes political dynamo making things hum in America’s Finest City. Although it seems she’s been a constant in politics, Aimee took a turn as Executive Vice President of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce before returning to city hall in 2017. As she’ll explain, she got her start more than 20 years ago before rising through the ranks. Aimee is one of the big reasons Mayors like Jerry Sanders and Faulconer get things done.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An Orthopedic Surgeon, but the sight of human blood and flesh made me gag so I pursued government and politics.
Which American from history do you identify with most and why?
Clara Barton, founder and first President of the American Red Cross [ed. The nonprofit is one of Competitive Edge’s favorite clients!]. She served as a nurse during the Civil War. Like Clara, I have always been driven to support those who are on the line protecting others.
If you could go back in time, which former President would you like to chat with and what’s the topic?
President Richard Nixon. I’d ask him about Vietnam War and Watergate over a glass or two of wine … wine was Nixon’s favorite drink.
Most people say they got a lucky break at some point. Tell us about yours.
My senior year at San Diego State University I interned for former San Diego City Councilmember Judy McCarty. I was excited and anxious to start looking for a professional job within government or nonprofit. I was graduating in May 1996. In late-March of same year, Judy’s Chief of Staff, Jim Madaffer, invited me to attend a Friends of the Library meeting. Afterwards, we went through a McDonald’s drive-thru and while we were waiting, Jim offered me a job as a Council Representative. I have worked in San Diego politics ever since.
Have you considered running for office yourself? Why did you decide against it?
I have considered running for office. Lasted for 30 seconds and then I snapped out of it. I have always liked the character Oz in the Wizard of Oz.
Who would you want to play you in your biopic?
Who is your favorite artist — any medium — and why?
Peter O’Neill. Peter paints with thick rich paints. I love how he captures the natural beauty of women.
What was your favorite musical genre as a teenager and what are you listening to now?
Anything 80s … Prince, Madonna, DJ E-Z Rock. Today I listen to Yacht Rock.
What 3 things are must haves in your fridge at all times?
Wine, Wine & Wine.
Favorite cuisine and where do you get it?
Mexican food, Ponce’s [Ed. That’s a San Diego, well, Kensington, institution that’s still going strong and now boasts a location in Del Sur].
What is your favorite moment from sports?
USA women’s soccer team winning the 2015 FIFA World Cup.
What’s the best professional advice you’ve received and who gave it to you?
Always treat people with respect and professionalism no matter the situation. You may need them some day. Several people have passed advice along over the years.
What advice do you have for young people starting out?
Chose a profession that you love. Everything else will fall into place.
What item would you like to buy if it went up for auction and you had the money to afford it?
One of Marilyn Monroe’s dresses.
What would you change about yourself?
I wish I would promote myself more.