Del Mar resident Robert J. Borthwick has been appointed chairman of the board of Serving Seniors, a non-profit organization. Borthwick will serve a two-year term from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
Borthwick, a longtime volunteer and financial supporter, has served on the board as chair of the finance committee since 2017.
“Rob Borthwick is the right leader at the right time for our organization,” said Paul Downey, CEO of Serving Seniors. “We face an unprecedented need for our services, but we also see exciting opportunities to support seniors at risk of housing loss and improve coordination among many agencies.
“Rob is a consensus builder with impressive legal and financial credentials. But more important to us, he is a compassionate advocate for people in our community who cannot always speak for themselves, including the elderly. Rob is truly their champion, ”said Downey.
Borthwick assumes his leadership role after an unprecedented year in the Serving Seniors organization’s half-century history due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time, dining rooms and other gathering services were closed on March 12, 2020. Staff were to create a new 24-hour delivery and take-out service and design new remote programs and services to keep low-income and homeless people. safe, healthy and connected seniors. During the shutdown, Serving Seniors successfully delivered 2.1 million meals, a service increase of 145%.
After 481 days, the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center is now reopened and meals and other services are available in five remote locations. But huge new challenges remain as economic forces continue to affect older people who are at risk of losing their homes.
“Serving Seniors and I share a commitment to supporting low-income and homeless seniors in our community,” said Borthwick. “The considerable impact of this well-managed organization lies in its efficiency, dedication and financial solvency. Its impressive half-century of service provides the basis for achieving even more ambitious goals in the years to come. I hope to contribute to this effort in my role as Chairman of the Board.
Borthwick is Deputy General Counsel for Sempra. In this role, Borthwick leads litigation, employment law, legal department operations and compliance functions.
Borthwick has held various positions since joining Sempra in 2003. Most recently, from 2018 to 2019, he served as Managing Director of Sempra Renewables, leading all aspects of Sempra’s renewable energy business segment, including the business development, finance and operations, as well as supporting the sale of its wind and solar assets in the United States.
Prior to Sempra, Borthwick practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles and was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
In addition to his role with Serving Seniors, Borthwick is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system.
Borthwick graduated with honors and holds a BA from Stanford University and a Law degree from the University of Michigan with Distinction.